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In Gambella, Refugee and Returnee Affairs Department (RRAD) is providing secondary education for refugees residing in the camp and people around the camp as long as Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia. RRAD employ either one or both of the following approaches to provide secondary education to people in pressing humanitarian situations:

  • Putting essential physical structures in place where school is not in the radius of 5kms; and
  • Let refugee pupils’ have access to nearby government school, if any.

Melkadida Sub Office Refugee camps currently sheltering more than 162,831 Somalian refugees in five camps, namely; Bokolmayo, Melkadida, Kobe, Helawyni, and Buramino. General insecurity due to protracted conflict between government forces, AMISOM allied forces and Al-Shabaab militias as well as drought were the main causative factors that made many people flee Somalia and cross the border into Ethiopia and then sheltered amongst others in Melkadida Refugee Camps. Those people have lost everything: their homes and social networks, their jobs and incomes, access to health care and education. As a result, children and young people become heavily dependent on the help and services of others to best meet their educational needs.


Given that education is an intrinsic segment of humanitarian response, DICAC- RRAD as education sector led humanitarian actor remains committed to fulfil the educational rift of people in such odd moments more perfectly of Melkadida Area Refugee Camps and host community pupils.


Melkadida is located approximately 900 km from the capital, Addis Ababa, in southern Ethiopia. Bokolmanyo lies 90 km from Dollo Ado, 23 km from Melkadida, 30 km from Kobe, 60 km from Hilaweyn and 70 km from Bur amino.


The DICAC-RRAD Melkadida projects offer young Somali refugees living in the Melkadida refugee camps opportunities to access secondary education with boarding facilities.  Bokolmayo, Kobe, Helawoin, Melkadida and Buramino camps. The project was initially set up in Bokolmayo in 2012 and then extended to the other two camps Kobe and Helwoyn in 2013.

Interviews conducted with members of the school gender club: Kasanesh Desole,
Aynadis Tadese, Mekdes Znabe, Alemnshe Znabie, Yenguse Wedago, Mekdes Negash
and Ayalew Djene as well as the teacher and leader of the group Emanyesh and the
vice principal Gebrekahsay, 12th March 2013
When entering the compound
of Kobo High School one of the
first things you see is a
billboard with the message to
end violence against women
and girls. The school has a
gender club with 145 members
and an engaged administration.
No doubt this school is taking
seriously its commitment to
work against gender based

Interviews conducted 12/03/2013, in Kobo town, Kobo woreda and 13/03/2013 in
Woldia town, Woldia woreda
– As a priest I have an influential role to work against gender based violence, says
Melakhiwot Klubetu.
Melakhiwot and his colleague
Melakesina are two of one hundred priests
in Kobo and Woldia woredas, Amhara
region in the North of Ethiopia who have
received training about gender based
violence. Melakhiwot is the head of the
Orthodox Church in Woldia woreda and
he believes that he has an important role
to play in changing the attitudes of people.
– Before women were seen as property. As
priests we should try to change that. The
project is in line with what we have
wanted to do for some time – to change
the attitudes of people on gender issues, he
Also Melakesina, the priest in charge of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Kobo
woreda, participated in the training and mobilised others to do the same.
– I took part in the training because I believe in the objective to end violence against
women. Society should be equal and women should be able to do what they want, he

Rozalem Takle is Eritrean refugee student in Ethiopian Orthodox Church Development Inter Church Aid Commission secondary school at Histats Eritrean refugee camp supported by European Union. Rozalem came to Ethiopia, Shire Histats refugee camp together with her relatives on 2016. She was born in south part of Eritrea. Her father military in Eritrea and she has two brothers and three sisters.She suffered much when she leaves her country

Rozalem Takle,
A 18 years old female refugee from Hitsats camp
“Thanks to RRAD my childerens are getting a better education and medical support"

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