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Assessing the Impact and Implications of a Teacher Training Center in Kakuma Refugee Camps
Kenya/Sudan
May – August 2000

Africa MapNearly two decades of conflict have displaced more than 4.5 million people in Sudan. Civil war between the north and south has destroyed communities and infrastructure, and has resulted in the deaths of more than two million people. Education services are now virtually nonexistent. Refugee camps in Kenya and Uganda have sought to provide interim education and health services for displaced Southern Sudanese communities, who have sought protection, a means of survival, and access to basic services. Refugee camps in Kenya and Uganda have become reputable for the quality of education services among the Southern Sudanese. USAID sought insight into the impact of a new teacher training center in Kakuma, Kenya on the agency’s proposed Sudan Basic Education Program, a $20 million, five-year program aimed primarily at increasing access to teacher education in Southern Sudan.

BEPS conducted field research to address the relocation of Southern Sudanese teachers to Kakuma, Kenya. Research addressed the impact of teacher training services in Kakuma on refugee flows out of stable areas of Southern Sudan and how USAID could modify teacher education activities in Sudan based on the impact of the Kakuma teacher training center. Stakeholder interviews were held with USAID, the State Department, UNHCR, UNICEF, CARE, the Lutheran World Federation, the International Rescue Committee, the Adventist Day Relief Agency, the Diocese of Torit, the Don Bosco Mission, the Jesuit Refugee Service, Comboni Brothers Mission, the IDEAS College in Yambio, the Teacher Training Center in Kakuma, and the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement.

As a result, USAID identified incentives encouraging teachers to stay in Southern Sudan or access training in bordering Kenya. Concrete recommendations were made regarding advancing the development of the teacher training center in Sudan.

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