The cutting edge of early education in Kyaka II refugee settlement

Kyaka II refugee settlement in western Uganda is home to 121,000 refugees, mostly from the Democratic Republic of Congo, 54% of whom are under 17 years old.

The initial site visit

HYT, in partnership with Children on the Edge, is excited to be involved in a pioneering, community led, Early Childhood Development (ECD) programme with a focus on long term sustainability.

Our trainees took quickly to masonry work

Using our tried and tested ‘train as you build’ methodology, HYT is leading the construction of four simple classroom blocks, while also training 12 young refugees in all aspects of construction. Each structure will be made using the sustainable Interlocking Stabilised Soil Block (ISSB) technology which requires no firewood in their production.

Time for a team photo

Once completed, Children on the Edge will carry out their cutting edge work from the centres. The work addresses shortfalls experienced by current education schemes in the refugee context, including increased access to education, quality teaching and teacher retention in the settlements.

This structure gives temporary shelter to the existing centre.

Building on existing community led nurseries and ECD centres, HYT will replace existing temporary structures with safe, permanent buildings where young children can learn and play. 

First classrooms starting to take shape

Children on the Edge is receiving increasing national and international attention from governments and UN bodies for their important work. HYT is thrilled to be working with Children on the Edge and excited to see what the future will bring for this partnership.

We are hugely excited for the children to see their new classrooms.

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