Notices and Events
|Tuesday, 14 February 2017||
Refugees and Asylum Seekers from the Community in Bellville and surrounds gathered, UCT did a presentation on the Right to Education and Accessing the right and to received feedback from the Community on what challenges are faced in accessing education at a primary, secondary and tertiary level and which schools and institutions are the most attended and/or in the highest demand. There after UCT continued to engage with Government, particularly the Department of Education, to see what options are available to address the challenges raised. The information garnered serves to further inform best practise in assisting clients at the UCT Refugee Rights Clinic.
Refugee Rights Unit Comes to Bellville
The Refugee Rights Unit held its first Road Show of the year at the Bellville Civic Centre this Tuesday, February 14, 2017. The focus was education rights of refugees.
Each workshop attendee was personally greeted, welcomed and given general information about the Refugee Rights Unit prior to the start of the presentation. Attorney James Chapman started the day off by explaining the purpose of the Road Show and highlighting future planned shows. Then Attorney Popo Mfubu detailed the admission process to school and the fee exemption procedure, peppering in bits of advice into his speech in addition to the legal requirements of the processes.
What followed the presentation would be more aptly described as a discussion than a Q&A session. The audience, which was largely composed of community leaders from the DRC refugee community, shared personal experiences, highlighted the most common problems encountered, and offered suggestions for securing better adherence to the rights of refugees by school officials.
Zam Zam Itirsi, from ARESTA, concluded the discussion on a positive note by sharing some of the successes she has experienced in the educational system as a refugee with children in South Africa.
The last hour of the roadshow was dedicated to individual consultations with the attendees. Far from rushing off when the discussion concluded, many people stayed and participated in the consultations, only beginning to leave when we had to start stacking chairs. The clients spoke not only about their own problems, but also sought advice for friends that could not make it. We urged their friends to come us see in person. In addition to the Refugee Rights Unit attorneys, the attendees were able to speak to staff from partner organisations ARESTA and CTRC, about their services offered and to staff from the UNHCR Cape Town Field Office talking about the DAFI Scholarship Program.
Author: Liliya Paraketsova