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EU and UK boost humanitarian assistance in Chad

N´DJAMENA (Chad), 28 July 2016 – The European Union’s humanitarian aid and civil protection department and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) are strengthening UNICEF response to multiple crisis in the Sahel belt in Chad with two grants of 4 500 000 and 350 000 Euro, which will support the treatment of over 45 000 severely malnourished children and the measles vaccination of close to 475 000.

“This multi-sectorial funding will help UNICEF and its partners to respond to all four crises in the 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan, namely Food Security and Malnutrition, Population Movements, Natural Disasters and Epidemics,” stated Philippe Barragne-Bigot, UNICEF Representative in Chad. “We are grateful to the EU and the UK for their continued support for life saving interventions in Chad, especially in the Sahel Belt.

« The European Union is renewing its commitment to address the urgent needs of children and to build resilience of the communities,” said Olivier Brouant, Head of the European Commission’s humanitarian aid office in Chad. “Multiple crisis are impacting Chad, and children are the most affected. We are stepping up to help UNICEF provide life-saving assistance to the most vulnerable and reinforce national capacities to crisis prevention and response.”

Thanks to these two grants, UNICEF will focus on reducing the burden of acute malnutrition, strengthen the supply management system, support the development of a National Contingency Plan as well as the national measles and cholera preparedness plans. These interventions aim to reduce preventable suffering, and excess morbidity and mortality linked to the above crises. This humanitarian funding will contribute to improve emergency interventions in the fifteen most affected regions of Batha, Bar El Gazal, Ennedi, Guera, Hadjer Lamis, Kanem, Lac, N’Djamena, Ouaddai, Salamat, Sila, Wadi Fira, Borkou, Tibesti and Chari Baguirmi.

In these regions, recent surveys have revealed a Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) rate above the emergency threshold of 15%. In close coordination with governmental and non-governmental organizations, UNICEF will strengthen the provision of therapeutic food and drugs for systematic and timely delivery to more than 500 health facilities to provide treatment for over 45,000 Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) cases before the end of 2016. UNICEF will also build up health districts capacities in the treatment of SAM.

In addition, UNICEF will provide immediate measles vaccination for close to 475 000 children aged 9 months to 14 years in most affected health districts. UNICEF will also preposition contingency stocks to provide a rapid emergency response to 33,000 newly displaced people by flooding or conflict and assistance to 14 000 people affected by high risk of cholera.

Given the current situation in the Sahel belt, exacerbated by the conflicts in neighbouring countries, especially Nigeria, Central African Republic and Sudan, this contribution will help to provide essential assistance to the most vulnerable communities in the affected regions. The European Union is UNICEF Chad’s leading humanitarian donor and among the five most important donors of UNICEF in Chad.

About EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection

The European Union and its Member States are the world’s leading donor of humanitarian aid.

Relief assistance is an expression of European solidarity towards people in need around the world. It aims to save lives, prevent and alleviate human suffering, and safeguard the integrity and human dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises.

The European Commission ensures rapid and effective delivery of EU relief assistance through its two main instruments: humanitarian aid and civil protection. The Commission, through its humanitarian aid and civil protection department, helps over 120 million victims of conflict and disasters every year. With headquarters in Brussels and a global network of field offices, the Commission’s humanitarian aid and civil protection department provides assistance to the most vulnerable people solely on the basis of humanitarian needs.

For more information, please visit the European Commission’s website: http://ec.europa.eu/echo.

About UNICEF
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org

To find out more about the EU-UNICEF partnership, visit http://www.unicef.org/eu/

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 For further information, please contact:

Maria Fernandez I Chief of Communication I UNICEF Chad
+235 66 36 00 42 I mfernandez@unicef.org I www.unicef.org/chad

Isabel Coello, Regional Information Officer, Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, European Commission, Dakar, Tel. +221 33 869 60 92, Mob. +221 77 740 92 17, Isabel.Coello@echofield.eu

 

Donner une chance à une éducation de qualité pour chaque enfant

Par Francis Adoum

Fadillah Hassan, 18 ans, habite dans le village nomade de Kakara, situé à 12 km de la capitale de l’est du Tchad, Abéche. Ces familles sédentarisées sont installées ici le temps de la saison sèche qui correspond aussi avec l’année scolaire : « Depuis toujours, ma famille vit d’élevage et agriculture. C’est ce qui nous occupe, on n’a pas le temps de faire autre chose. Je suis la première de ma famille à aller à l’école publique. J’aimerai aussi être la première fille à aider ma famille différemment, » raconte-t-elle.

Les défis pour la scolarisation des filles sont nombreux dans la région de Fadillah, pauvreté, mariage des enfants et un flagrant manque d’équité dans l’accès à l’éducation. « Dans ma classe, les garçons sont meilleurs que les filles. La raison est très simple : les garçons disposent de beaucoup de temps à la maison pour lire leurs leçons contrairement à nous les filles, qui nous occupons des travaux ménagers et de la garde de nos petits frères et petites sœurs après les cours, » ajoute Fadillah.

L’école de Kakara où étudie Fadillah a bénéficié d’un nouveau souffle grâce au Projet de Revitalisation de l’Education de Base au Tchad (PREBAT) soutenu par la fondation Educate A Chld et le Global Partnership for Education. « Avant la construction des nouvelles salles, on étudiait dans à même le sol assis sur les nattes dans des cabanes construites en paille à la merci du vent et de la chaleur. Après chaque tempête de vent, on devait raccommoder le toit. Pire, en saison sèche, le bétail venait nous déranger pour manger la paille de l’école. On devait les chasser nous mêmes, » raconte Fadillah.

« Avant la construction des nouvelles salles de classe, on ne finissait pas l’année scolaire ou on commençait très en retard à cause des tentes détruites par le vent ou par le bétail. C’est ça qui m’a poussé à interrompre ma scolarité et m’a fait perdre 4 années scolaires, ajoute Fadillah.

Fadila Hassan, 18, lives in a nomadic village named Kakara, located 12 km from the capital of Eastern Chad, Abeche. The Karaka public school got a fresh boost thanks to Project of Revitalization of Basic Education in Chad (PREBAT) supported by Educate A C

La construction des nouvelles salles de classe et l’affectation par le gouvernement d’un enseignant temps plein est une opportunité inespérée pour les enfants de Kakara. Depuis la construction des nouvelles salles de classe en 2014, les années académiques se terminent normalement et le nombre des élèves a presque triplé.

« La construction des nouvelles salles équipés de table bancs a incité les parents à inscrire leurs enfants car aujourd’hui l’école compte 287 élèves, dont 173 garçons et 114 filles, » précise Mahamat Abderahim Moussa, 32 ans Professeur principal de l’école de Kakara.

Fadillah peut maintenant aspirer à un avenir meilleur pour elle et sa communauté. « J’espère continuer mes études jusqu’à l’université pour devenir une économiste et travailler aux finances publiques ou pour devenir gynécologue et aider les femmes à accoucher dans mon village. » Je pense qu’il faut encourager les filles à faire l’école comme moi et devenir « quelqu’un » pour aider sa communauté. Une femme instruite peut aider d’abord son mari, ses enfants et aussi ses parents. C’est difficile de combattre la tradition dans nos villages, mais on y arrive petit à petit, »  conlcut-t-elle, positive et confiante en son avenir.

Fadila Hassan, 18, lives in a nomadic village named Kakara, located 12 km from the capital of Eastern Chad, Abeche. The Karaka public school got a fresh boost thanks to Project of Revitalization of Basic Education in Chad (PREBAT) supported by Educate A C

Au mois de juillet 2016, le Projet de Revitalisation de l’Education de Base au Tchad (PREBAT) a permis d’inscrire à l’école plus de 35 000 enfants dont plus de 12 000 filles, d’améliorer la qualité de l’enseignement par la formation des maîtres communautaires et leur dotation en manuels pédagogiques.

A ce jour, le PREBAT a permis la construction d’environ 1 300 nouvelles salles de classes permettant à plus de 67 000 enfants des écoles primaires y compris plus de 26 000 filles d’étudier dans un environnement d’apprentissage amélioré. En outre, 1100 professeurs ont été formés et plus de 35 000 enfants non scolarisés ont été nouvellement inscrits à l’école. 45 000 élèves dont 22 000 filles ont bénéficié des cantines scolaires et plus d’un million d’élèves de CP1 et CP2 ont reçu des manuels scolaires.

Le PREBAT a bénéficié de l’appui des fondations Educate a Child (EAC) et du Partenariat Mondial pour l’Education (GPE). Le soutien de ces partenaires au gouvernement du Tchad s’élève à $53 millions.

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Building a solid future for schoolgirls in Chad

 

By Francis Adoum 

Give every child a fair chance to quality education

Fadillah Hassan, 18, lives in a nomadic village named Kakara, located 12 km from Abeche, the capital of Ouaddai Region, Eastern Chad. Her family used to pitch their tents here during the dry season, which also corresponds with the school year: « Traditionally, we are herders and farmers. That’s what we do, we don’t have time to do anything else. I’m the first in my family to go to public school. I would also like to be the first girl to help my family, but differently, » she says.

« In my class, boys are better students than girls. The reason is very simple: the boys have a lot of time at home to read their lessons unlike us girls who take care of the housework and of our little brothers and sisters after school, » she adds.

The Kakara public school got a fresh boost thanks to the Project of Revitalizing Basic Education in Chad (PREBAT) supported by Educate A Child and the Global Partnership for Education. « Before the construction of the new classrooms, we used to seat on the floor in huts built of straw. After every windstorm, we had to repair them. Worse, during dry season, cows and goats used to disturb us as they were eating the straw of the school huts. We had to chase them ourselves, » says Fadillah, smiling.  “We were starting the school year very late or finishing earlier because of these conditions. That’s why I stopped my schooling. I lost 4 school years, but now, I enrolled again and want to further my education. There’s no right age for school as long as you have the will,“ she adds.

The construction and equipment of new classrooms and the appointment – by the Government of Chad – of a full-time teacher and Head Teacher is a new breath for the children of Kakara. « The construction of the new classrooms equipped with table benches prompted parents to enroll their children. Today, we have tripled the number of children enrolled in this school. We have 287 students, including 173 boys and 114 girls, » said proudly Moussa Mahamat Abderrahim, Head Teacher of the Kakara public school.

Fadila Hassan, 18, lives in a nomadic village named Kakara, located 12 km from the capital of Eastern Chad, Abeche. The Karaka public school got a fresh boost thanks to Project of Revitalization of Basic Education in Chad (PREBAT) supported by Educate A C

Fadillah aspires to a better future for herself and her community. « I hope to continue my studies up to university to become an economist or maybe a gynecologist and help women give birth in my village. I think we should encourage girls to school like me and become “somebody”. An educated woman can help her husband, her children and also her parents. It’s hard to change the tradition in our villages, but little by little, we will,  » she concludes.

In Chad, too many children are still denied their right to education because of things they do not control, such as poverty, gender or geographical location. Quality education has the power to end intergenerational cycles of inequity and provide children like Fadillah with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in life.

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Good quality and equitable education serves to unlock opportunity and undo intergenerational cycles of inequity. In Chad, education can nourish young minds, expand horizons and break the cycle of poverty. By investing in education systems and meeting the needs of the most disadvantaged children, the country can unlock education’s potential to transform children’s lives and the society.

Education empowers girls to seek better health care during pregnancy, in childbirth and during their children’s early years. The results are reflected in lower levels of under-five mortality, improved health-care practices and later marriage. Children – especially girls – born to educated mothers are more likely to attend school, resulting in a cycle of opportunity that extends across generations.

To date, the PREBAT achieved the construction of about 1,300 new classrooms for more than 67,000 primary school children including over 26,000 girls studying in an improved learning environment. In addition, more than 30,000 previously out-of-school children were newly enrolled in targeted schools.

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