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Administering world’s largest Refugee Education programme since 1996

United Nations High Commission for Refugees

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Community Oriented Primary Education (COPE)

Project location: Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa (NWFP)

Project start and end dates: Ongoing since 1996

Project schedule

  • Operation of the 156 schools
  • Adjust and depute the number of teachers on need basis to maintain qualitative outputs
  • Promote multi-grade teaching of teachers
  • Recollect at least 50% of useable books and distribute amongst students as needed
  • Employ all watchmen though community funds
  • Pro-actively involve the SMCs, enabling them to facilitate the goals and objectives of the sub-project under the Global Strategic Objectives (GSOs) of UNHCR
  • Provide teaching and learning material

Project description

The implementation of COPE project has continued since 1996 with renewal of project cooperative agreements each year. Currently BEFARe provides education services to more than 52,000 students in 129 schools, making this program the largest refugee education program worldwide. BEFARe also complements education with provision of teaching and learning material, focused pedagogical trainings to 800 teachers, supervision and monitoring of schools and general administration through community oriented approaches. BEFARe worked with the refugee communities to organize School Management Committees (SMCs), for each of the school, comprising of nominated community elders, teachers and students to resolve education and school management issues at the local level. BEFARe has been able to motivate communities to financially contribute to school operations by taking over proportionate responsibilities of teachers and school staff salaries; this year the community contribution funds have already crossed multi-millions—an indicator of success in involving communities in their development. BEFARe closely collaborates with partners to integrate the Refugee Affected Areas/Hosting Areas (RAAHA) initiative within the program which will also ensure extension of development gains to local communities. The program works within conservative Afghan communities in refugee camps spread across NWFP. BEFARe coordinates this program through its sub-offices in five districts of the province i.e. Abbottabad, Kohat, Mardan, Peshawar and Timergara.