Easing the transition between Sudanese and Chadian Curriculums

When Sudanese refugees began moving to Chad in 2003, no one could have envisaged that, today, a new generation would now be contemplating their future, far away from their parents’ home. For them, home is Chad, the place in which many were born, educated and are now growing up.

A decade ago, it was decided that the Sudanese children would continue with the Sudanese curriculum. Apart from the language difference, there was continuity to consider, as all believed that they would return home soon. But a great deal of time has passed and, as with many other projects to support peaceful co-existence, education has now begun the transition to the Chadian system.

Start of the process

In September and October 2014 424 refugee teachers completed a 3 week training programme to familiarise themselves with the Chadian curriculum. The programme was organised by UNHCR in partnership with the Chadian Ministry of Education and Education Partners, including Cord.  Three out of four camps supported the decision to transition, however Cord is now working with Gaga camp, whose school directors were opposed to the change and resigned. In partnership with the community, a new inspector and directors are being sought for Gaga camp, to own and lead the process peacefully.

Official launch

The project was officially launched on the 7th January 2015 with the participation of UNICEF, Chadian Minister of Education, a representative of the Ombudsman (Médiateur national) and partners including Tearfund and UJMCT ( youth association in N’Djamena). This meeting was covered by Chad National Radio (RNT), Chad Television (TVT).

Next programme step

A further programme, engaging with families, is expected to see an increase in student enrolments. Enrolments are currently down on the previous year, a fact which is believed to be due to the change of curriculum. The field team are working hard to continue sensitising families on the enrolment of students and the need for a transition of curriculum.

The number of teachers needed for the school year has already been achieved in three out of four camps. There is an additional need for 40 teachers in Gaga camp, due to the resignations, however new teachers will be sought and trained from within the community. Transitions are never easy but, with continuing peaceful dialogue, the future education of the Sudanese children in Chad will be secured.

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