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Response to IDP Crisis

Project Theme Education
Project Title Emergency Response to IDP Crisis and Bridging Support for Education in Emergency in IDP Camps in NWFP and FATA
Duration May 2009 - December 2009
Total Project Budget UNESCO: USD 25,000
CERF: USD 74,663
Total: USD 99,663
Funding Sources Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)
UNESCO
Implementing Partners - Youth Resource Center(YRC)
- Society for Training and
  Relief Services (STARS)
Location Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camps in Peshawar, Nowshera, Mardan and Swabi
Project Officer Vickram Chhetri
Contact (email) vickram.chhetri@un.org.pk
Emergency Response to IDP Crisis
The counter extremism operations in FATA and Malakand Division of North-Western Frontier Province of Pakistan resulted in the displacement of over 500,000 people. With the intensification of military operations, the number of IDPs increased to 2.2 million by the end of June 2009. 27 IDP camps were established to provide housing to the IDPs. According to an estimate 20% of the IDPs settled in IDP camps and transitional shelters provided in educational institutions, while 80% of the IDPs were catered to by host communities in 9 adjacent districts of NWFP.

According to the Provincial government, Peshawar, Mardan, Nowshera, Charssada, Swabi and Lower Dir districts experienced extreme IDP situation. 4054 education institutions in these areas were used as shelters for hosting more than 250,000 IDPs.

The project ensured the continuation of Middle and secondary services of previously established IDP camp schools and extension of Secondary school services in 6 newly established camps in Mardan and Swabi, as well as rehabilitation of the schools, technical and vocational education institutions, and colleges that were used as transitional shelters by the IDPs. Emergency supplies including tents and educational learning material will also be provided to camp schools to provide an opportunity to re-start education.

In addition, non formal education and life saving skills training focusing on Mines, UXOs etc. will be initiated in IDP camps to ensure safety of the IDPs once they return to their place of origin.

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