Children and young people have been driven out of school and training as Covid-19 closures impact refugee camps and settlements in Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Sudan and Somalia. Please donate to our Christmas campaign and help us get them safely back to education. 

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The Situation

The Eastern Africa region is host to over 20 million people affected by conflict, internally displaced in their countries or living as refugees in a neighbouring country. Vulnerable children and young people had already been cut off from education, reducing their chance to achieve their academic potential. Challenged by the coronavirus crisis, schools have had to adapt their processes, and learners have had to attempt distance learning. Many students are at risk of losing scholarship opportunities, and girls particularly are at risk of dropping out of school completely. We desperately need to address this situation and continue to find ways of helping children and young people back to education safely. Click here to see five ways that Covid-19 has affected education in East Africa. 

Our Solution

Windle has unique experience of supporting the education of marginalised communities across Eastern Africa. From managing primary schools to providing higher education scholarships and offering vocational training, we help people to succeed at every educational level. To respond to the COVID-19 crisis, we are providing handwashing stations, hygiene & cleaning materials, hygiene kits for learners, reusable face masks, sanitizers & disinfectants and no contact thermometers in cam schools. Additionally, we are training more teachers to guarantee social distancing with fewer students per class. This campaign will complement our extensive work from primary till and tertiary level and meet a specific gap.

How we will do this

By:

Providing high level certified training to young people, including both refugees, the internally displaced and others affected by conflict, in key skill areas such as Water Engineering, Teacher Training, Economic Development, Health. We aim to see each person making a powerful contribution. 

Windle is deeply involved in preparing East African schools to innovate in the way education is delivered safely in a post-COVID environment. We will engage both the students supported in this project and our alumni in responding to the challenges in schools, in the education sector and more widely.

Windle has supported the education of thousands of refugees and vulnerable young people over many years. This network of motivated and qualified individuals can work together to bring about positive change and support education. We aim to strengthen our alumni network to achieve this.

Engaging with our alumni and others we aim to provide mentoring support to the students we support in order to facilitate their transition from study to the world of work, to access internships and to develop their professional networks. 

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