The Ministry of Disaster and Refugees Affairs (MIDIMAR) in collaboration with United Nations Refugees Fund (UNHCR) and Adventist Development and Relief Agency(ADRA) have inaugurated 60 classrooms constructed for Congolese refugees in Kiziba camp.
The facilities will replace 42 old rooms and expected to facilitate 3683 students from primary and secondary school. A total of 457 students studying at the school are from community surrounding the camp.
The Minister of Disaster and Refugees Affairs,Seraphine Mukantabana said the construction of the school is in line with the government’s program of offering education to children refugees in Rwanda.
“We have officially launched 60 classrooms built in this camp as a move to continue enhancing children’s rights to access education in good environment. The government has offered equal opportunities of free 12 years basic education for refugees attending same class with Rwandans,” she said.
A total of 66 toilets were also constructed at the school.
Singirankabo Anicet, one of parents whose child attends the school said the facilities will enhance safety and comfort for children’s studies.
“We would feel worried for our children over studying in old classrooms which were likely to collapse but we hope they will be safe in new rooms,” he said.
Kiziba camp accommodates over 17,000 Congolese refugees who have been in Rwanda for 21 years fleeing wars and chaos in Eastern DRC in 1996.
The official launch coincided with the celebration of the International Day of Refugees held in Kiziba camp.