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New School for Refugees
A new school has opened in Johannesburg for 110 child refugees. These children cannot access state education so, at the Three2Six school, they are taught literacy, numeracy and language development.
Research has shown 35% of child refugees in South Africa do not have access to education. This may be due to language difficulties, refugees not being able to afford schooling or the schools themselves being under-resourced.
Three2Six was opened in March 2008. It is a collaboration between the Sacred Heart College, the Refugees Ministries Centre and the Coordinating Body of Refugee Communities. The children who attend come mainly from Rwanda, Congo, Burundi, Cameroon and Zimbabwe. All children are given a school uniform and a free meal each day.
Jean-Claude Mbaki, project co-ordinator says, "This school is a good example of what can be achieved when African communities work together. I hope it inspires more partnerships like this in years to come."