Ethiopia’s First School for Refugees Starts Class

A secondary school has enrolled more than 1, 4000 refugee students residing in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, making it the first refugee school in Ethiopia.

The Tsore Arumera secondary school is located in the western Ethiopian region where many refugees from neighboring South Sudan are located.

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, on Wednesday, said the newly built school will transfer to the regional administration’s Educational Bureau.

The school – built with support from a global fund for education in emergencies called Education Cannot Wait – has a capacity enrolls 1,426 students.

“This is a major milestone in the ongoing endeavor to ensure refugees’ inclusion in the national education system,” the agency said.

The construction is part of a plan to build 13 refugee secondary schools across Ethiopia until 2025.

The schools will be “put under the administration of the Ministry of Education, thanks to the support from the WorldBank,” the refugee agency said.

Ethiopia hosts more than a million registered refugees and asylum-seekers, mostly from South Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea, and Sudan.

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