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“I wish my parent had possibility to help me go to study in my dreamed school.”

Daniel Byamungu is a student who performed well in primary school but did not have a chance to attend his dreamed secondary school.

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Daniel Byamungu is a 16 years old young man who came from D.R Congo with his family to seek asylum in Kenya. Daniel’s family arrived in Kakuma refugee Camp in 2012. Immediately, Dan got enrolled in grade six in a primary school. Coming from a Francophone country and continue studies in an Anglophone setting was very disappointing and challenging. “I was a brilliant student in my country because all lessons were given in French, but when I started to have all lessons in English, I felt like I was finished, then I said to myself that I am the one to make the change not the change to make me.” He decided to study English day and night, his parents afforded to pay for tuition classes so that he can catch up with others in English. In class eight Dan had already been identified as an intelligent boy among all. His target was to be able to get enrolled in a good National secondary school after the final exam and to obtain a scholarship as he was aware that his parents were not capable of paying school fees for him. When the results of KCPE (Kenyan Certificate of Primary Education) came out, Daniel was very excited, he hoped that with his 363 out of 500 marks was a ticket to the dreamed secondary school as scholarship in the camp used to give chance to students who had from 350 marks in previous years. Secondary education scholarships mainly come from Windle Trust Kenya and Jesuit Refugee Services. They focus on students who performed well and those who are vulnerable. When he applied for a place, he was not luck to be taken and the only left possibility was to get admitted in a secondary school in Kakuma called Somali Bantu Secondary School where he stays in a class containing 81 students. “ I feel bad to stay in a school knowing that I am not getting what I was supposed to get, when we meet with our colleagues that have made it to national secondary schools, we feel like we have never been at school at all, they come full of knowledge, they solve more mathematics problems than we do and their English is already perfect when in the camp we still struggling”

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These are two scanned copy of his calling letter to one of the National Secondary School but he could not make it there because of his family's financial instability.


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Dear Vestine, thanks so much for sharing the story of Daniel. this shows how important is to support the parents. https://openideo.com/challenge/refugee-education/ideas/a-bridge-to-formal-schooling

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