Vocational training for refugees: a case study from Tanzania

Vocational training for refugees: a case study from Tanzania

Keeping Burundian refugee youths occupied for the future

Report concerns the evaluation of ongoing skills training programmes for the 10,000 young Burundian refugees entering adulthood each year in the refugee camps, with a view to expanding them into a wider programme based in the refugee camps. The proposed training programme would be based on the concept of education for repatriation, with the aim of extending skills that will be of use on return to Burundi. The evaluation used qualitative interviews with key informants, supplemented by a questionnaire survey.

It is assumed here that large-scale repatriation will only occur in the medium or longer term, and that an expanded skills training programme is therefore relevant and necessary. The programme takes as its point of departure the fact that there are both economic and social objectives that are valid but not easy to accommodate within a single vocational training programme. It is therefore proposed that the programme consist of two main parts:

  • vocational training, aimed at the provision of skills for (self) - employment - the economic objective
  • non-vocational activities, aiming to occupy youths not interested in vocational skills training with positive activities for body and mind – the social objective

Paper prepared for presentation at a UNHCR workshop on ‘Refugee Education in Developing Countries: Policy and Practice’

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