With the CAO deadline fast approaching, students across the country are asking themselves that daunting question: “What do I want to be?” If you are thinking of a future in development work then read Ciara Hogan’s story. In this two part series, Ciara shines a light on the twists and turns that took her to where she is, working as a Programme Support Officer on the ground in Niger, far away from her home in Ireland.
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Hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugee children in Turkey are not enrolled in the formal education system. With the support of the European Union, we have opened six new informal education centres in south eastern Turkey to help out-of-school children catch up.
With the last schoolbook wrapped and the final layer of polish applied to new shoes, it’s finally back to school time for Irish children. It’s an exciting occasion, one that is marked by a mixture of nerves and anticipation for the coming school year. But for many young Syrian refugees in Turkey, the familiar back to school ritual has been replaced with one of protracted frustration and uncertainty for their future.
Since 2012, Concern and Irish Aid have been working together on a five-year programme to create sustainable improvements in the lives of 1.3 million people in the world’s poorest countries.
Despite achieving economic growth of 4% per annum in recent years, Burundi is still facing challenges of poverty, inequality and malnutrition. Many communities in the country remain very vulnerable to the effects of severe weather events. Mabayi Commune – in Cibitoke Province, in the northwest of the country – is one such community.
There are over two million Syrian refugees in Turkey, over 700,000 of whom are children according to a recent Human Rights Watch study. Among school-aged children, access to school is severely restricted with an extremely high proportion of children now having missed up to three years of education.
Being a child in Somalia can be hard – and thirteen year old Amal Ali Ibrahim’s story exemplifies that more than most. Having lost her mother at the tender age of three months, Amal has lived all her life with her father in Siliga internally displaced people’s (IDP) camp in Wadajir district.
Around 1.5 million Syrians currently live as refugees in neighbouring Turkey – half of whom are children. Struggling to find a quality education – or any education at all – these children are at risk of becoming a lost generation. Through the Children of Peace programme, Concern hopes to offer them a lifeline.
Nearly two million Syrian children are refugees and many of them now live in makeshift camps in Lebanon. Concern has been responding to the refugee crisis in Lebanon since 2013 and now supports the education of over 1,850 registered students – including some Lebanese students – in 25 learning spaces.
This year’s International Women’s Day focusses on education and its role in promoting gender equality. With Ebola cases steadily declining and schools beginning to reopen in Liberia today, we reflect on the impact of emergency situations on education.