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11.07.2019 | Blog

Nomad Children Learn in Mobile Classrooms

Many boys and girls in Mali are not able to attend village schools due to their families’ nomadic lifestyle. The answer: mobile schools.

Mobile Schulen in Mali
In four school classes the children learn reading, arithmetic and writing © Mirjam Knickriem

Mali has been in crisis since before the deployment of international UN peacekeeping troops in the west African country’s north. Spring 2012 saw the government overthrown and armed groups taking power in the country’s north. During the unrest, hundreds of thousands fled the region. Welthungerhilfe too had to halt its work in the north due to the precarious security situation. Welthungerhilfe is following the current developments in Mali and is in close contact with its local partners.

The project in the southern Niger delta remains viable and is proceeding. Mobile schools are being supported in order to enable nomad children in the regions of Mopti and Ségou to attend school. They have been so well-received by the nomad population that 20 new mobile schools are being planned.

Mobile Schulen in Mali
The teachers accompany the nomad communities. © Mirjam Knickriem

Welthungerhilfe's work in Mali

Mobile Schools for Boys and Girls

Many boys and girls are not able to attend village schools due to their families’ nomadic lifestyle, which sees them travelling with their animals from one community to the next in search of water and pasture. As a result, Welthungerhilfe has been promoting the establishment of mobile schools, supporting the education and training of teachers and equipping mobile classrooms since 2007.

The Teachers Come Along

At every new campground, the communities provide at least a tent or a hut for classes. The teachers accompany the groups on their travels. This allows the children to connect their way of life with a good education and offers them the prospect of a better future.

Mädchen hält Buch in die Kamera
Mobile schools offer children access to a better future through education. © Jens Grossmann

Since Welthungerhilfe also offers literacy courses for parents, they are coming to understand the importance of education for their children.

With more and more children attending these schools, Welthungerhilfe plans to increase the number of mobile schools. Many hundreds of children will receive access to an education and a better future.

How Welthungerhilfe Supports People in Mali

Aid measures are receiving financial support from the World Food Programme (WFP).

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