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About Kakuma Refugee Camp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Established in 1992, Kakuma is located in the Turkana district of northwest Kenya near the South Sudanese border and remains one of the largest refugee camps in the world.

Kakuma is marked by a booming and disproportionate number of youth as half of the total camp population is under 18. Within the total school-aged population of 90,673 (3-17 years), more than half were out of school (51%). Those who do enroll drop out of school because of the school conditions, child labor or early marriage.‌

For those young people in school, the average teacher-student ratio is 1 to 103 and only 31% of the teachers are trained (UNHCR, 2015). Teachers struggle to meet the needs of children who have missed years of schooling and have experienced trauma. Over 80% of the teachers are refugees and lack effective on-the-job supervision, mentoring and adequate certified pre-service and in-service professional training.‌ 

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