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Polish Mission for Education – handicapping education chances of children from Ulyankulu refugee camp through constructing a preprimary and primary education centre as well as conducting a round of workshops for children and trainings for teachers in Tabora region

The project addresses the deficiencies in proper educational infrastructure and in opportunities for professional development of teachers, particularly perceptible in the Tabora region where Ulyankulu is situated – one of the first camps in the world for refugees from Burundi, which has expanded into the size of a 40,000-inhabitant town.

The Caritas Tabora Report on the needs for Ulyankulu, prepared in 2016, points out the inability to ensure adequate education for its inhabitants, as a result of historical factors, among other things. In Ulyankulu there is a kindergarten run by the St Louis Parish, but there are no suitable facilities at the primary school level. The existing facility is struggling with overcrowding. There are 1,000 children who should start 1st grade in 2018. The local authorities and institutions do not have adequate funds to develop the essential school infrastructure.

Accessibility and the right standard of education are the basis for a child’s development from the very beginning. In addition, the slowly progressing integration between Tanzanians and the refugees requires supporting activities. It becomes necessary to create an educational base, improve the quality of education and the skills of teachers. Integration with the local community can be helped with supporting activities.

Polish Mission for Education – handicapping education chances of children from Ulyankulu refugee camp through constructing a preprimary and primary education centre as well as conducting a round of workshops for children and trainings for teachers in Tabora region

The general aim of the project is to raise the standard of living of the inhabitants and create better prospects of development through improved access to education for the people of Tanzania. Under the project, a building complex is to be built for the needs of early school and primary education, with a total area of 496 m2. In the beginning, 175 children will be using it and as a target goal – 300 children, of both refugees from Burundi and native Tanzanians.

Another element of the project will be raising the professional skills of the local teachers. Training teachers of the English language with the use of theatre techniques will improve their competencies, while the teaching material will help them organise creative activities.

The new school infrastructure and space for creative and artistic activities will contribute to better integration of the residents and to overcoming of stereotypes. The integration meetings will be attended by about 100 persons, including members of families of the students, but they will also be open for all those interested. Information on the dates of the meetings will be generally accessible (e.g. on Facebook).