BOCCR to start TVET education for urban refugees

Blue Oasis Community Center for Refugees

The Blue Oasis Community Center for Refugees (BOCCR), a center for urban refugees, will start from next month to run technical and vocational education and training (TVET) programs for refugees in the country.

The aim is to equip refugees with skills in carpentry, catering, sewing, mechanics, electrical/electronics and automotive engineering systems to improve their livelihoods.

Madam Joyce Larko Steiner, Director of Programs and Advocacy at the Christian Council of Ghana, announced this during a day to commemorate this year’s World Refugee Day (WRD).

WRD is a day set aside to recognize and celebrate the resilience of refugees and asylum seekers around the world.
BOCCR is a project funded by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) implemented by the Christian Council of Ghana.

Ms Steiner said the initiative is in line with the fourth education-focused Sustainable Development Goal, which emphasizes the importance of skills development.

She noted that the center had already started organizing English and information and communication technology training for urban refugees.

Mr. Tetteh Padi, Acting Executive Secretary of the Ghana Refugee Council, in a statement delivered on his behalf, said that Ghana has been home to more than 35 different countries.

He assured that the government would continue to guarantee the security of the refugees.

“It is for the above reasons that GB and its partners in refugee management ensure that refugees have access to education, health and other social services. This ensures the development of refugees for the benefit of the whole society,” he said.

Mr Padi said that in 2022 more than 1,800 Ivorians had benefited from return assistance, saying it was an indication that Ivory Coast was safe.

The event was used to launch the Albert Einstein German Refugee University Initiative (DAFI) 30th Anniversary Scholarship Program which offers qualified refugee and returnee students the opportunity to pursue an undergraduate degree in their country of asylum or origin.

With dedicated support from the German government, support from Denmark and the Czech Republic, UNHCR and other private donors, the program has helped more than 18,500 young refugees to undertake higher education since 1992.

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