Within Doro Refugee Camp, Save the Children is the organization that is in charge of the education sector. Our research in 2016 found that there are 7 free primary schools in Doro Refugee Camp. Each of the seven schools has a recorded attendance of about 600 to 1200 students from grades K-8. Furthermore, we learned that only private secondary schools exist after 8th grade, which families have to pay for from their own pockets. The majority of the Uduk people in Doro are unemployed and depend heavily on goods that are distributed by World Food Programme, or on what they are able to farm with the limited land access they have. Given this situation, most families are unable to enroll their children in school after the 8th grade. We learned that it costs around 350 South Sudanese Pounds per month for the nearest private secondary school, which is slightly outside of the refugee camp. This is the equivalent of about $50.00 USD. Parents of children who work for international organizations such as Save the Children, Samaritans Purse, World Food Programme, UNICEF, and others can afford this tuition for their children, but such families make up a very small percentage of the population. In 2017, Uduk Hope Inc. aims to create a scholarship program to help enroll children into secondary schools around Doro.
We also aim to expand our educational initiatives to other refugee camps in Ethiopia with high populations of Uduk people. In Ethiopia, we will strive to support college-ready Uduk adults. There are several colleges that Uduk adult learners have attended in past years. We believe that if we successfully form partnerships with 1-2 universities in Ethiopia, we can develop a scholarship program for these college-ready Uduk men and women. Our long term vision and hope is that the graduates will be the drivers of change, bringing about creative solutions to the challenges faced in the various refugee camps around them.