About 70 percent of the population in UNHCR refugee camps is under the age of 17, nearly two-thirds of these children are of school age. The war has interrupted their normal education. Funded by the EU Children of Peace Award we are implementing Accelerated Learning Programs (ALP) and safe school environments in Ajoung Thok, Batil and Kaya refugee camps

Project Overview

Teach and Protect

The development and education of refugee children has been severely disrupted. Forced to leave their homes, often unaccompanied and traumatized, children and youth are in danger of being exploited through forced labor, early marriage and recruitment into armed forces. Some children have lost their families and are in need of foster care. Many of them have not attended school for years.

LWF is setting up classrooms, providing safe school environments and introducing Accelerated Learning Programs (ALP) for over-age learners who have missed most of their primary education.

The program also focuses on child protection by setting up mechanisms to identify children at risk, raising awareness and training teachers and focus persons in counselling. We are organizing child rights clubs, help desks and education on children's rights. 

Children need space to deal with their experiences of violence. Creative sessions help them to voice their fears and to teach them how to reconcile and solve conflicts peacefully.


Education in Conflict

War and conflict in South Sudan have interrupted the children’s normal education, resulting in a high level of illiteracy. To make up for lost time, older students join primary school classes. This leads to overcrowding and high drop-out rates.

Accelerated Learning Program (ALP)

The Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) is an intensive program for the most disadvantaged refugee students. It is designed for overage learners, giving them the chance to access educational and life skills and to advance quickly to age-appropriate levels.

Protection and Safety

By participating in the ALP, students are also made aware of the dangers of armed conflict and issues surrounding violence and protection. Through their school they have access to child/youth protection mechanisms. LWF establishes child-friendly spaces.

Education for Peace

We help children to deal with the experiences of conflict and displacement. In organizing creative sessions, we use games, drawings, poetry, artwork and group discussions to give them an opportunity to voice their fears and experiences with violence.

Children of Peace Facts

Enrolled in the Accelerated Learning Program.
Trained for teaching over-age learners.
benefitting 1755 children.
Funded with money from the EU Nobel Peace Prize.

EU Children of Peace

About the Donor

The EU Children of Peace initiative is a lasting legacy of the Nobel Peace Prize that the EU received in 2012 for its achievements in peace on the European continent. EU Children of Peace is supporting a severely neglected sector: education in emergencies. The initiative funds humanitarian projects for children in conflict regions, providing them with access to schools where they can learn in a safe environment, as well as with psychological support to heal their traumatic war experiences.

Over 28,000 children benefitted from the EU Children of Peace projects implemented in 2013. In 2014 the initiative is supporting over 80,000 conflict-affected children worldwide with education.