Jesuit Refugee Service Teacher Training program

Creating opportunity for Post-Secondary Education for Sudanese refugees.

Location: Chad

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  Refugee students from Sudan take language courses in a JRS-sponsored education program in Chad. Chad hosts an increasing number of refugees, particularly in the Lake Chad region, which is already under served by the national education system with 62% of children out of school in 2016.   © Entreculturas/Sergi Camara

Refugee students from Sudan take language courses in a JRS-sponsored education program in Chad. Chad hosts an increasing number of refugees, particularly in the Lake Chad region, which is already under served by the national education system with 62% of children out of school in 2016.

© Entreculturas/Sergi Camara

After fleeing violence in Sudan over a decade ago, many of the 300,000 Darfuri refugees in Chad face limited opportunities to continue their education and find livelihoods. Operating in Chad since 2006, Jesuit Refugee Service is now providing access to higher education for refugees across Chad through unique teacher training programs.

The JRS teacher training program enrolls primary school teachers from the twelve refugee camps in eastern Chad in courses on pedagogy and teacher quality through an intensive short-term program. After the training, the teachers take what they have learned back into refugee primary schools and are monitored for quality. JRS also offers scholarships for students who complete secondary level to enroll in local teacher training colleges. This three-year program offers intensive training and provides a pathway for certification to teach in the refugee camps, Chadian public schools, or private schools.

Nadjwa is a 34-year-old mother of seven who fled Sudan 14 years ago. She has been living as a refugee in Chad ever since. Nadjwa is also a graduate of JRS Chad’s teacher training program. Before the certification course, Nadjwa felt powerless to manage her students’ emotional problems, and she doubted her competence to make lesson plans, and even to face a roomful of students. Since completing the training, Nadjwa has noticed a significant difference in her students’ attitudes. “When they have a problem at home or school, they come to speak to me about it. Now that they see I can help them solve their problems, they respect me.”

For more information please contact Giulia McPherson, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, giulia.mcpherson@jrsusa.org