Literacy for a new life

We are working with Association des Femmes Contre la Pauvreté et Pour le Développement (AFECOPAD) to provide women and children living in Dzaleka refugee camp with the practical education and literacy skills they need to start a new life  in Malawi. Most of the target beneficiaries want to become citizens of Malawi and participate in daily community life.  Learning skills in English and Kiswahili will increase their chance of listening to the radio, reading newspapers and gaining employment. Kiswahili is the common language used by all ethnic groups living in the camp, including Rwandan, Burundian and Congolese. AFECOPAD are able to teach in English as it is the language that integrated into the national education system. Further, most members of AFECOPAD improved their English training through non-formal training activities on the camp.

Literacy training in Malawi

Why this approach?

AFECOPAD shares our view that poverty and illiteracy are linked. In the refugee camp, more than 80 % of women are unable to read and write. They had no chance to attend a school, because of their cultural norms. Many cultures in the camp, consider that boy children have more right to education than girl children. AFECOPAD understands that illiteracy is one form of social injustice, that prevent many women and girls in the camp from having access to information, to economic resources, to decision-making ; as well as participating actively in the daily community life.

The project will directly help 40 women, 25-60 years and 40 young women 15-24 from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi, as well as indirectly benefit their families and churches.

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About Dzaleka

Dzaleka refugee camp with established by the UNHCR in 1994 in response to a wave of forcibly displaced people fleeing genocide, violence and wars in Burundi, Rwanda and DRC. Dzaleka is also host to refugees from Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea. The Government of Malawi now operates this refugee camp which no longer receives new arrivals and has a population of 5000 people. All refugees and asylum seekers in the camp benefit from food assistance, provided by WFP and non-food assistance provided by UNHCR including construction material to build their own houses in the camp. This camp is being used as a temporary stopover by those seeking to move towards South Africa, putting a strain on scarce humanitarian resources and creating tensions within the camps. Dzaleka camp is set up like a small village with shops and markets.