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New project in Kakuma Refugee Camp to support education of 17,000 children

18th June 2018 | News

It’s Refugee Week and we are delighted to announce the launch of a brand new project in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya: Reading for All, in partnership with Lutheran World Federation and Windle Trust International – Kenya.

The project aims to support the education of at least 17,000 children and young people who attend school in the camp by providing Classroom Book Boxes filled with brand new books and training teachers in how to bring those books to life and encourage reading.


Kakuma classroom
Young learners in Kakuma Refugee Camp will soon be enjoying new books from their Classroom Book Boxes

185,859 people live in Kakuma refugee camp in Northern Kenya, 36,596 of whom are under the age of 18. They cannot leave the camp without special permission, so their opportunities to learn and work towards a more secure future are severely limited. In the camp, schools are hugely overcrowded and have very few books. Over 100 learners often share a single teacher and only a few tattered textbooks.


Kakuma school library
Books will also be used to replenish the book stores of secondary schools in the camp

The project is now underway in Kakuma, with teachers from 26 primary school and early childhood centres taking part in a three day training this week. A further training of 60 secondary school teachers will take place in September.

We look forward to bringing you more updates about the project over the coming months.

We would like to say a special thank you to players of People’s Postcode Lottery for their support of Reading for All: Kakuma and making it possible for us to bring books to 17,000 young refugees.

Reading for all: Kakuma is just one part of our work with refugees around the world. Find out more using the links below.

Twenty more individuals are forcibly displaced every minute and each of them needs access to books which can help them continue an interrupted education, escape the day to day challenges of camp life and imagine a brighter future.


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