Project information

Educational scholarships for refugee children

We want to provide 150 vulnerable refugees with free education. 15 years after the wars in West Africa the refugee community in Guinea continues to struggle. Too traumatised to return home, they have dealt with coups, civil unrest and Ebola. Education is their only way to a better life.

September 2019 - July 2020

Charity information: Friends Of Conakry Refugee School

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  • Need


    Grinding poverty dominates refugee life in Conakry. English speaking refugees struggle to integrate into Guinean society. Their accented French and lack of family ties often means they face prejudice and struggle to access services they are entitled to. Many families have been split up during the war leaving children vulnerable and open to abuse. Those who have parents often are forced to work to support themselves and their family as their parents work informally, having little education.


    Paying the fees of 150 students FCRS allows them to access a good quality education that will move them out of poverty and create a better life. Learning French at school opens doors into jobs and allows them to access higher education in their adopted home, while vocational classes available at the school will allow them to support themselves and their family after they graduate. CRS provides a hot midday meal meaning vulnerable families are happy for their children to learn rather than work.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Ensure vulnerable refugee children receive a good quality education for a year


    » Provide a 100% scholarship to 150 vulnerable students at Conakry Refugee School and cover additional costs in attending school e.g. revision classes

    What success will look like

    Success will be a reduction in drop out and negative coping mechanisms in students receiving scholarships measured by monitoring of attendance and interviews by school staff.

  • Impact


    The project will prevent vulnerable refugee students dropping out of school, working or engaging in negative coping mechanisms in order to pay school fees. We will demonstrate success through close monitoring of attendance in association with the school staff. Success will be reduced drop out from the students in receipt of a scholarship and a lower incidence of these students working informally after school or adopting negative coping mechanisms to pay school fees.


    Inability to pay fees is not the only reason vulnerable refugee students drop out of school or are forced into work and other negative coping mechanisms such as prostitution. Unsupportive and abusive households could continue to pressurise students to bring money into the household. School staff will identify households where parents or guardians are supportive of the child's school attendance and will allow them time to study at home. Their activity after school will be monitored by teachers.


    Donors will be able to sign up to our quarterly newsletter giving news of the scholarship project and other events at the school. The charity website, Facebook, instagram and twitter pages will carry regular updates including pieces by the FCRS scholars themselves on their school experience.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,000 Scholarships Funding 150 annual scholarships at CRS
  • Background


    Conakry (pop 1.7m) is the capital of Guinea (pop 13.2m) one of the poorest countries in Africa coming 179th (out of 186) in the Human Development Index. A socialist dictatorship post independence, several coups have now established a fragile democracy. Ebola decimated economic growth seeing it drop from 4% to 0.1%. State education is in French, chronically under resourced with class sizes of 80-120. Teachers are poorly paid and of poor educational background. Primary completion rate is 62%.


    100 refugee students will directly benefit from this project by receiving a year of full time education. 100 families will benefit from the lifting of the need to find money for fees which will boost income available for food, rent and hygiene. 38 staff at CRS will benefit from the guaranteed fee income which will provide a minimum wage for all to be topped up by fee payment by other students. All 500 students at CRS will benefit from the stability this will bring to school roll and staff pay.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    FRCS is the only organisation providing education for the refugee community in Conakry and has built up a relationship with the school since 2004. Visits in 2016, 17 and 18 built strong links with staff parents and students. The financial and management infrastructure and reporting mechanisms are in place and are robust. 150 students have been supported by FCRS throughout the Ebola epidemic allowing FCRS to build detailed knowledge of factors impacting refugee families and the risks involved

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Madam Foryoh

    CRS Registrar she will select and monitor students for scholarship. A teacher with 20+ yrs experience and detailed knowledge of refugee families.

    Jackie Watkins

    FCRS Director since 2015. Work with CRS to select students and analyse monitoring information. Provide contact and support for CRS staff.

    Pauline Levesley

    FCRS Finance Officer. Ensure money is sent monthly, proper financial procedures are adhered to and money is used to guarantee a staff minimum wage.

    Morris Zayzay

    Director CRS. Will provide oversight of project in Conakry and is the chief signatory to bank account. He will ensure student monitoring takes place.


will educate a child for a year when gift aided and match funded through The Big Give

Many hard working and able students are staying at home because of the shame of not being able to pay their fees. They work in the markets or hang around the streets and do not make progress with their education. Attending school shows them that discipline and hard work can lead to a better life.

Madam Foryoh CRS Registrar and teacher is one of the the people in Guinea responsible for assessing which students are most in need of a scholarship