Refugee Education Trust — Protecting through Education
Violent conflict in the region has affected millions of people during that time, and many found themselves fleeing to Tanzania to find safety. The RET programmes in Tanzania concentrated upon the improvement of the quality and equitable access to post-primary education for Burundian and Congolese refugee youth who were living in the settlements of Rukwa and Tabora regions as well as in the UNHCR camps. Provision of integral post-primary educational programmes that respected community-based self-determination were the main focus, as well as improvement of school infrastructure, teacher training for over 2,300 Burundian refugee teachers, as well as school infrastructural and material support to the local populations. As the programmes progressed, the RET put specific focus on preparing both Burundi and the Burundian refugees in Tanzania for their repatriation, in order to facilitate their access to education opportunities in their country of origin.