Only 22% of refugees have access to secondary education.
Many refugees recognize education beyond primary school as crucial to empowering them to be significant contributors to their communities and greater societies. Indeed, secondary and tertiary education is necessary steps to finding long-term solutions of sustainable employment and, consequently, self-reliance and self-satisfaction.
Unfortunately, in Kyangwali Refugee settlement and many refugee settlements, there is no complete secondary school (the one small school Kyangwali lacks the last two final classes of secondary school). In order to make secondary school a reality for children in refugee settlements in Uganda, CIYOTA opened students? hostels, students homes in 2008. We partner and collaborate with schools in Hoima town, 90 Km away from Kyangwali to enable refugee children to access quality education at low cost.
Most schools use the curriculum that is based on memorization that does not give students the skills to thrive and develop their community. In order to fully prepare our students academically and as critical thinkers and agents of positive change, CIYOTA trains students in leadership, entrepreneurship, and give mentorship support to every student. By the time most students complete secondary school, they have foundational skills to solve local problems affecting their communities.
Since 2008, we have supported over 700 refugee students to complete high school. The secondary school program helped the first 15 refugee students to complete high school in 2010. This includes the first 5 girls ever to complete high school since Kyangwali Refugee Settlement was established.
Many of our alumni go back to contribute to the community by establishing community led initiatives and others take up jobs with local service providers. And we prepare others to go to Universities around the world.