When violent clashes broke out in Mali in 2012, thousands of people were forced to flee their homes. Up to 50,000 sought refuge in Niger, often with little more than the clothes on their backs.
Further violence in north-eastern Nigeria over the past year has forced even more refugees and returnees into Niger’s over-stretched education system, as well as internal displacement in the Diffa region. Through the EU’s Children of Peace initiative, the IRC is there supporting children to access a quality education, ensuring that they are protected from abuse and exploitation.
Supporting children with an education
The IRC and ECHO supports 16 classrooms in Tabareybarey refugee camp, under the EU Children of Peace initiative. Tabareybarey refugee camp is home to over 8500 Malian refugees and was established in 2012 to provide refuge to those fleeing violent conflict in Mali.
The IRC is supporting children in the three refugee camps in Tillabery region, in the two refugee zones of the Tahoua region, as well as in Diffa region, Niger to access quality education, with funding from ECHO under the EU Children of Peace initiative. The EU Children of Peace initiative aims to support humanitarian projects for children in conflict-affected regions, providing them with access to schools where they can learn in a safe environment.