Burundian Refugee Children Get New Classrooms Near Mahama Camp

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As a way to improve the learning environment at Mahama refugee camp, the Rwandan government on Friday, handed over 81 classrooms to Burundian refugees.

The government began construction last year, in partnership with the UN Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF) and Adra Rwanda – Adventist Development and Relief Agency.

The completion of 81 classrooms adds up to more than 100 classrooms put in place for accommodating over 10,000 children in need of primary education at the camp.

Ngoga Aristarque, an official in-charge of charge of Mahama refugee camp said that the building of this school has filled the hearts of these young students and their parents with happiness.

Mahama Camp was opened by MIDIMAR and UNHCR in April 2015 and is the largest of Rwanda’s six refugee camps within only a few months.

“By building this school and locating it near the camp, we will encourage the parents to send their children to attend classes.” Aristarque said.

Bigirimana Gregoire, a Burundian refugee hailed Rwanda government and UNHCR for building more class rooms for the refugee community. He also hailed the contribution of ADRA-Rwanda and elsewhere on the continent.

He added “I am so happy to see my son studying in such a well-equipped school –this gives me hope for the future”

Following the inauguration of two health facilities in January this year, Rwanda and partners has embarked on education for all – including those living in refugee camps.

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