Degree Name

MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

First Advisor

Nikoi Kote-Nikoi


Gihembe, Kiziba and Nyabiheke refugee camps in Rwanda are temporary homes to about 50,000 refugees. This group is unique not merely because they are from the Democratic Republic of the Congo but because they are all of the same ethnicity: Congolese Tutsi, of North Kivu, Eastern Province. They share a common language(s) and culture, and ultimately a history that links them directly to Rwanda.

My research sets out to share Congolese refugees’ journey to Rwanda, but the main focus of this paper is to give my readers a more comprehensive understanding of the educational challenges the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and its implementing partners (IPs) face addressing the difficulties of committed partnership in order to deliver quality education in a safe learning environment for Congolese refugees in Rwanda, the majority of whom are school-age children. The research also seeks to further encourage greater engagement in education in the camp through multiple partnerships. Field-based work was carried out to obtain a more detailed country perspective. Through data gathered from participant observation, personal interviews and surveys, my findings will also examine lessons learned and best practices. My hope is that this research will be of use in motivating donors’ engagement in, and support of education for the refugees, with the understanding that it is an area of high priority for fragile and conflict-affected groups.

The final chapter sums up what is discussed in previous chapters and provides recommendations.


Education | Human Geography | Public Affairs


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