2020 Undergraduate Research Showcase


Developing Social Cohesion: Educational Inequality in Kebribeyah Refugee Camp in Ethiopia

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Dr. Saleh Ahmed


As a response to the Somali Civil War of 1991, more than 10,000 Somali refugees resettled in Kebribeyah, a town in the Somali region of Ethiopia. For nearly three decades, the local and refugee communities shared the resources the region had to offer, adopted a new common cultural norm, and advanced social cohesion. It is the education sector, however, that caused social conflicts and hatred between resettled Somalis and native Ethiopians. Currently, the education of Somali refugee children is funded by various international organizations, such as the United Nations. On the contrary, the local Ethiopian children pay their way to school which leads to poor educational experiences. My research will examine the formation of educational gaps between the local and refugee children at the Abdul-Majid Hussein Secondary School, a compound that houses children from both communities. It also assesses the tensions created by the educational inequality, symbolized by a soccer field.

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