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What is your role as a teacher in Kakuma? Why do you think refugee education is important?
My role as a teacher in Kakuma is that I have a lot to play both in the school and community. Example are as follows:
- It is my role as teacher to inspire and ignite young boys and girls to realize their potential to understand and innovate the new technology.
- It is my role to ensure that children learn in a conducive environment. What I mean is that the environment which is friendly between students and teachers that will develop good relationships to achieve the goal. It is my concern to track and find out the learners who dropout or fail to attend the classes and know the reason or problem he/she may face.
- Teachers in Kakuma monitor and follow up on children’s attendance and their performance. They also encourage and guide children on how to set goal to boost their academic success.
- Engage parents and keep them updated on their children’s progress at school, and also creating awareness to the parents on the importance of education to both boys and girls so that discrimination should not be done on education for their children.
- In Kakuma children have a lot of problems since it is a refugee camp and most children or students are without parents because they may have lost them in their own country because of war. So it is the role of teachers once such students are identified with such challenges to offer counseling and guidance that will enable the student hope. The encouragement the student receives from teachers in Kakuma, time and positive correct measures have really inspired them to become complete personality. This means that most have achieved basic education.
Importance of refugee education:
- Makes them more self-reliant. For example, I have completed my both primary and secondary education in refugee and I slept finding a job to sustain me.
- They develop careers which would contribute to the growth and development of their countries or [third] countries if resettled. This is in a way that the best performing candidates in refugees are offered scholarships that give them the change of identified career and building on it.
- It enhances refugees’ peaceful co-existences.
- They become competent and competitive in both national and international job markets
- Makes them quit negative cultural beliefs and activities, they adopt a standard and healthy cultural practices.