Education

Can refugees access education?

Education is a human right.  Refugees and asylum-seekers may access primary and secondary education in Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps and Kalobeyei Settlement.  Primary education is provided free of charge, while a small contribution is levied at the secondary level.  For more information, please contact your nearest school or the UNHCR office in your locality.

For refugees living in urban areas, public primary and day secondary education is free of charge.  For more information, contact the public school in your locality or reach out to the Sub-County Director of Education.

Why is education important to refugees?

Education is a fundamental human right.  It is a powerful agent of change, and improves health and livelihoods, contributes to social stability and drives long-term economic growth.

Education also protects. When children are in school, they are less vulnerable to sexual exploitation and abuse, child labour and recruitment in criminal and militia groups.  Educated individuals are more likely to make positive choices regarding their household’s health and nutrition.  They are also more likely to contribute to their households and communities, both during displacement, on return home, or after resettlement to third country.

When is the right time to enroll in school?

In Kenya, formal education begins at 4 years old.  Children who are entering at a higher grade, may be asked to provide school reports or certificates from their previous school.  If you do not have your certificates, you may be able to set for an equivalency text.  Please contact your nearest school for more information.

Post-secondary education opportunities are available at the vocational, and university levels at the cost of the individual student or on scholarship.

Education and Scholarship Opportunities Abroad?

Regarding education opportunities and scholarships abroad, information is announced by the academic institution, UNHCR, education partners and through schools, using various channels including flyers and social media.

Recent opportunity :


HIRES Cohort 3 Announcement: Call for Applications – Kakuma & Nairobi

Hospitality Industry welcomes Refugee Employment-linked Sponsorship (HIRES), click here for the application details


The University of Cape Town under the Mastercard Scholars Programme has launched a call for 50 Masters and 10 honours awards to be made in this round for the February 2023 in-take. The deadline for applications is 25 Sept 2022. We will try to organise an information session in the last week of August. Grateful if you can mobilise some potential candidates to attend. It will be online.

Applicants can access the application process here at the Program website and the online scholarship application website available at this link: https://uctmcf.smapply.io/.   The only programme not covered is the master’s in business administration.

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the stated criteria as recorded in the Terms of Reference and Conditions of Award document for Masters (by Research) applicants available at:

http://www.mcfsp.uct.ac.za/sites/default/files/image_tool/images/164/application/2022/UCTMCFSP_Terms_of_Reference_2022_Intake.pdf.

The scholarships are considered to be full-cost and will include full cover for the following (for awardees) as recorded in the Terms of Reference and Conditions of Award document available on The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at UCT website:

  • Reimbursement of costs incurred for visa application processing
  • An economy class air ticket to Cape Town South Africa for awardees who are i) citizens and/or residents of a Sub-Saharan country other than South Africa or ii) residing in South Africa but outside of Cape Town
  • Full tuition fees and international student fees
  • Accommodation in the student housing system at the University of Cape Town
  • Meals through the student housing system at the University of Cape Town
  • Medical cover with a recommended medical aid service provider
  • A living stipend; to be used to cover ad hoc expenses pertaining to your studies
  • A book allowance to purchase the prescribed textbooks required for your degree programme
  • Costs related to community activities as prescribed by the Masterccard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Cape Town
  • Access to an internship opportunity
  • An economy class air ticket home upon completion of studies, for awardees who are i) citizens of and/or residents of a Sub-Saharan country other than South Africa or ii) residing in South Africa but outside of Cape Town

Applicants must ensure that they have applied to UCT prior to submitting an application for the Mastercard Scholarship. Further information on applying to UCT can be found on the UCT website: www.uct.ac.za

To access the postgraduate application form for a Mastercard Foundation scholarship, applicants can access the process here at the Program website and the online scholarship application website available at this link: https://uctmcf.smapply.io/.


MASTERCARD FOUNDATION SCHOLARS PROGRAM AT USIU-AFRICA FAQS


You can also find information on scholarships offered to refugees at:

Click here to visit Opportunities for refugees site

 


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