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Children of Peace

Meet Ebalo, an ambitious 7-year-old who wants to be a policeman

Ebalo is just one of the thousands of children living in the Nyarugusu refugee camp in Tanzania receiving vital education with the support of the IRC.

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Ebalo Raimond is an ambitious seven-year-old boy. He wants to learn how to read, speak French and play football. He dreams of becoming a policeman some day. Ebalo is just one of the thousands of children living in the Nyarugusu refugee camp in Tanzania receiving vital education with the support of the International Rescue Committee. 

"He likes going to school. He wakes up every day and chooses to go. We do not have to force him," Ebalo's father said.

VIDEO TRANSCRIPTION Ebalo Raimond: My name is Ebalo, Ebalo Raimond. I am seven years old. I live in Kupeke. I like school. I like school because I learn how to read. I want to learn how to read. I want to learn how to speak French. I want to learn how to play football! Edi Maurice: Education is the foundation of life. When he studies, and does well, he is helping his future. He likes school. Every day he wakes up, and chooses to go, we do not have to force him. Ebalo Raimond: I would like to be a policeman, so that I can help people. Thimotheo Masanyiwa: In Nyarugusu camp, most of the 64,000 refugees are children. Title: Ebalo is just one of thousands of refugee children the International Rescue Committee is helping to educate in Nyarugusu camp in Northwestern Tanzania. It is one of the oldest refugee camps in the world and many of the 40,000 children who live there have spent their whole life in the camp. Title: Ebalo attends Fortinata primary school where he and dozens of his classmates learn to read, write and count. The IRC and the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) have helped rebuild 12 new classrooms for Ebalo and his classmates. Thimotheo Masanyiwa: It is important for IRC to invest in children first because they are the tomorrows of their nations and their communities. Title: The International Rescue Committee, in partnership with the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), is providing vital education to children in Nyarugusu refugee camp in Tanzania as part of the EU Children of Peace initiative. Title: As well as ensuring a proper education, the project aims to give children a space to recover from trauma as well as protect them from abuse and exploitation.