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Newsletter: From Evidence to Action

Refugee school fights for survival

Teachers face an uphill battle to educate immigrant children stranded in no-man’s land.

Judy Manjoro (49) is a teacher, but when she fled Zimbabwe in 2005 during political violence and came to South Africa, she was forced to become a domestic worker because there was no other work available. In the afternoons when she returned to her home in Yeoville, Johannesburg, she would gather the children of other refugees off the streets and give them lessons.

In 2011 she formalised this arrangement and started a school for refugee children in her suburb. It now has 180 pupils from Burundi, Kenya, Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Nigeria and South Africa, as well as nine teachers and three support staff. Click to read more