Bridging the Gaps in Africa. The Americas. Asia. Europe.
Refugees, by definition, are only in the host country for a short period of time — why would you invest in them during such a transitional time?
Of course, by definition, refugees would be displaced for a short term, however no one can predict how long refugees will stay refugees. The realities of the Afghan refugees in Pakistan demonstrate to us that some of these refugees have been there since 1979. The same applies in Tanzania for the Burundian refugees, many of whom have been there 30 years.
We are realistic that not all refugees repatriate due to many reasons such as security, lack of infrastructure, lack of work opportunities, lack of educational institutions, etc. in their home countries. As such, we are devoted to ensuring that no matter where the refugees are, the education we provide stays with each person for a lifetime and enables and empowers them to be self-sufficient.
Our educational activities include either formalised or non-formalised post-primary education, including vocational training, which empowers the refugees to repatriate and be instrumental in the reconstruction of their countries.
However, we recognise that a considerable number of refugees will not return to their country of origin.
Formal and informal post-primary education, vocational training and/or life skills training provides them with the assets to make something of their lives, including if they integrate locally within the host country’s society.