In order for the different schools to consider the demands and challenges of their beneficiaries, the Chadian RET projects have seen the creation of Education Councils. In charge of maintaining a conducive learning environment, these platforms endeavor to discuss and solve educational issues.
In order to promote a participative approach in the development of schooling in the refugee context, the Education Council of a camp is – among others – comprised of the school education delegate, the representative of the Women’s Committee, students and parents.
The Education Council helps with the design of the programme by bringing to the attention of the RET their concerns of emerging educational issues. Moreover, it provides a follow– up on the training and teaching of the educators. They also have the responsibility for collecting students’ attendance data – “we also work on supporting school gender parity,” explains a student mother who is a member of the Djabal camp Education Council.
Koundja Mayoubila, Programme Manager of both Djabal and Goz Amir, puts special emphasis on the need for the school to be managed, as much as possible, by the associated Education Council. “The pivotal idea is to work on capacity-building in allowing all actors to contribute to the objectives and needs of the school,” he emphasises.
Therefore, the discussion of and the forming of ideas for education at the community level may also be another place to learn.