According to a U.N. refugee agency report, more than 3.5 million refugee children aged 5 to 17 did not attend school last year to the detriment of their future and the future well-being of society. The UNHCR is calling an education crisis for refugee children.
While our work here at AHLC may seem like a drop in a vast ocean of need, it does make a huge difference to the 457 registered students we are serving this year. School opened on 14th August, with a week of Teachers’ Training, followed by students arriving back to school on the 21st. We are now coming to the end of our first term already.
The school currently caters for students and staff from North and South Sudan, Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Uganda, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia and Nigeria. Without AHLC these children have no possibility of going to school as they are not accepted in the already overcrowded Egyptian schools.
The majority of the students had some education in Arabic or English. Many of our children were out of school for one to three years for different reasons before they came to AHLC.