South Africa: Empowering Women and Men through Education
Johannesburg & Pretoria, 10 July 2018—This month, JRS South Africa celebrated the graduation of 221 refugees and asylum seekers from the Arrupe Women’s Skill Center and Pretoria Skill Center. These women and men have completed five months of training in their chosen discipline and have received materials to start up their own businesses. Their courses of study include sewing, baking, cosmetology, make-up application, hairdressing, computer literacy, and English.
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Focusing on education for refugees

When a person is forced to flee his or her country and moves to a refugee camp, the average stay is 17 years. This means many people spend years in a camp without proper education or vocational training that will be necessary for life outside the camp. JRS combats this by providing pre-primary, primary, secondary, tertiary and adult education to people living in camps.


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