Bajed Kandala camp is located in the Kurdistan region in Northern Iraq, close to the border of both Turkey and Syria. It was initially set up to accommodate Syrian Refugees, but since June 2014 Yazidis fleeing violence in and around Sinjar have been living in the camp. The camp accommodates around 13,000 people, and the NRC education programme is serving up to 5000 children.
From the beginning, NRC established a School Support Centre to fill gaps in the formal education provided. Activities include supporting the children though the curriculum, other activities as sports, and they engage people to identify and visit children who have dropped out from school to encourage them to come back.
The centre is becoming increasingly important as the formal education provided is suffering from lack of teachers. However, the school support programme is now scaling down and might close due to lack of funding. Closing the center would mean that the 5000 displaced children in the camp who need educational support more than ever, will have no access to education. It would also mean that the children’s prospects for a brighter future outside a camp, a future where they can get jobs and provide for a family, becomes less likely.
The population in the camp are all Yazidis that fled Sinjar in the summer months of 2014.
Photos: Alvhild Stromme/NRC
From Bajed Kandala camp on 1 November 2016