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Malala calls for international intervention in refugee child education
Published on 15-07-2016 - at 04:46' by Théophile Niyitegeka

Malala Yousafzai, a Nobel laureate young lady who won the Prize at age 17 for kind acts of peace, promoting women’s rights and education in Pakistan and across the world, has requested international donors to put emphasis on supporting education of refugee children which she described as key to unlocking people’s potentials.

Malala unveiled this yesterday as she visited Mahama refugee camp accommodating Burundian refugees that fled their country in May last year over insecurity.

“Countries in conflicts like Burundi can’t progress without promoting education.Girls have the ability of rising and getting their voices heard.They should be respected and valued as human beings like others. Women have suffered over violence exerted on them in various countries which stresses the need to hear them to be aware of problems they encounter,” she said.

Malala praised Rwanda for promoting women based on statistics of 64% women in parliament.

The Minister of Refugees and Disaster Management , Seraphine Mukatambana said that the visit of Malala to Rwanda is a significant act since she conducts advocacy for girls’ access to education opportunities.

She added that Malala’s visit to Rwanda helps to disseminate existing problems and Rwanda’s achievements.

1500 children in Mahama refugee camp attend school while 2700 others are out of school because of inadequate financial means .Mahame Saber, representing UNHCR in Rwanda said they are trying by all means to ensure remaining children access education too.

Malala arrived in Kigali on Wednesday on a two-day visit to Rwanda as part of a wide program of celebrating her birthday and conducting mobilization for girls and women rights, putting an emphasis on their education as one of the pillars that can enable sustainable development. She was received by President Paul Kagame.

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Malala Yousafzai with Burundi refugee children in Mahama camp yesterday

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