Agreement on education for children and youngsters in the refugee camps and the host communities signed, Ambassador Andreas Gaarder and NRC Country Director Abdi Ahmednur . Photo: NRC
The Embassy Signs 11 Million Agreement with Norwegian Refugee Council on Education
Last updated: 25.11.2015 //
Ethiopia has been hosting Eritrean refugees in Shire, Tigray Regional State since 2012 in Shimelba, Mai Ayni, Adi Harush, and Hitsats. Several youngsters, both unaccompanied minors fleeing from Eritrea and youth from Ethiopia in transit in the north or from the hosting communities, try to make it to Europe. They are very young and their route is a very dangerous one.
The Embassy has visited the camps and neighborhood in Shire. We have now signed an agreement to address the specific need for education among these groups, specifically aiming to reach children and youngsters and improve their life skills, by adapted basic education and vocational training, in the host communities and in the refugee camps, in accordance with the local government.
Activities like these are among the top priorities for the Norwegian government, emphasizing minor refugees preventing them to opt for further migration (second movement) and become victims of human trafficking, and youngsters in the area enabling them to get a proper life in their home region. The efforts and activities are complimentary to ordinary humanitarian support, and in a long-term perspective.
Education for minor refugees and youngsters in the host community is a long-term solution to prevent human trafficking