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Progress in 2018

Article 26 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights asserts the right to education for all. A child’s right to education is further endorsed in the 1990 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Misean Cara member organisations, convinced of the transformative impact of education on a person’s life, have been educating people in countries North and South for generations.

In 2018, a total of almost €3.9 million was allocated to 76 education projects implemented by 38 members in 29 countries, with a target population of over 77,500.

An external effectiveness review of a number of Misean Cara education projects, carried out in 2018, identified some simple and practical approaches that could be replicated by other actors involved in delivering quality education to refugee, migrant and displaced communities. Examples include effective approaches to integrating pupils, using highly mobile and adaptable “school-in-a-trunk” resources (allowing classes to be taught almost anywhere), teaching local languages, addressing trauma through psychosocial and complementary therapies, and expediting the acquisition of essential documentation so that children can establish their identity and register within the school system.

Our members work to build strong education systems in many countries. Contributing to education system strengthening now and into the future for South Sudan, the Solidarity Teacher Training College in Yambio has trained over 500 teachers since 2013, with 71% currently employed. A project in Sierra Leone is working closely with the Ministry of Education in testing a new model of teacher education, while a school in Zambia is the only one in the country to make specific provision for children who are both deaf and blind. The practices adopted in this school, and in an associated home-based education initiative, provided the blueprint for new national guidelines on special education services.

Photo caption: Children and staff gather to welcome Her Majesty Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso of Lesotho to the Ferrando Resource Centre Special School for the Disabled in Maputsoe, Lesotho. The Centre is run by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate and provides physiotherapy and rehabilitation care for children with disabilities. Reitumetsi Memane is one of the many beneficiaries of the Centre. Photo: The Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

Read more in our 2018 Annual Report.