Voices from Ethiopia: Supporting teachers in refugee settings

17 June 2020


Students in an outdoor class in Ethiopia.

Teachers are at the heart of learning. For a refugee child, teachers can mean much more: educator, mentor, and an important link to a new home and unfamiliar surroundings. Investing in teachers and providing them with the support they need to thrive can, in turn, allow refugees to thrive.

This is especially true in Ethiopia, home to one of the largest refugee populations in Africa. Over the past decade, the number of refugees has surged from 100,000 in 2008 to nearly one million in 2018 – one quarter of whom are children. Understanding who teaches in refugee settings is crucial to their future. This also means looking at what policies support teachers, as well as how they are recruited, trained, and motivated. From school leaders to Ministry of Education officials, here are some key voices on teaching in refugee settings in Ethiopia.

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