The latest of several Norwegian-financed schools for refugees was opened in Pikine, Senegal on Thursday (26 November).
The latest of several Norwegian-financed schools for refugees was opened in Pikine, Senegal on Thursday (26 November). The school will cater for the 5,000 strong refugee minority in Cap Vert.
Senegal-Norwegian cooperation in the field of refugees has been organised under the aegis of the United Nations, and the traditional of aid has a long history. One of the most prominent Norwegians in this field was Fridtjof Nansen, the first Chief of the United Nations Commission of Refugees. In recognition of this "great man", said the Senegalese Minister of Education, M. Peck, the new school is named after him.
The Norwegian government has already financed through the United Nations the addition of seventy classes to schools in Casamance. Another fifteen classes are planned.
In his answering speech the Norwegian representative, who is a member of the UN Commission for refugees, stressed the achievement of the Senegalese government in providing for refugees. Although the two countries have a population of the same size, Senegal has received ten times as many refugees as Norway, he said.