As far as education is concerned, the camp has six eight-grade primary schools, and 90 teachers, of whom five women. The total school enrolment for 2009-2010 is 4,752 children, including 2,156 girls. The education sector in the camp is managed by three NGOs: CORD, RET and UNICEF.
The month-long Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) campaign came to a close on 15 December. The ceremony marking the end of the campaign took place in N’Djamena in the presence of top Chadian authorities and high UN officials, including Heads of UN agencies and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Mr. Victor Angelo. The ceremony also served as an occasion to launch another campaign on the reduction of maternal mortality in Chad under the sponsorship of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
The world observes Human Rights Day every year on 10 December. The United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT) marked the day this year by organizing a series of activities in eastern Chad, particularly in the towns of Abeche, Iriba, Farchana, Goz-Beida and Guereda, with the participation of local authorities, civil society organizations, humanitarian agencies, staff from the UN system and a cross section of the population.
N'Djamena, 9 December 2009 -- Major-General Gerardo Chaumont, MINURCAT Police Commissioner, was decorated Chevalier of the Chadian National Order by the Special Representative of the President of Chad, Major-General Oki Mahamat Yaya Dagache. The ceremony took place in N’Djamena at the headquarters of the National Coordination of International Forces in Chad (CONAFIT). The Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Chad, Mr. Victor Angelo, as well as representatives of UN agencies and the diplomatic corps also witnessed the event.
General Chaumont was nominated to receive the medal of the Chadian National Order by presidential decree on 19 August 2009.
The Minister of Defense of Poland visited the Polish contingent in Iriba on 6 December 2009 to see first-hand the achievements of the contingent on the ground since its arrival in the country in March 2008, and to welcome the Mongolians who are taking over as the Polish prepare to leave.
Abéché -- The United Nations Volunteers of MINURCAT celebrated on 5 December 2009 their International Day in Abéché on the theme, “Volunteering for our Planet”. Prominent among the participants were the highest local authorities, including the Governor and the Sultan of the Ouaddai region, the Prefect, and the Mayor of Abeche. The United Nations System was also represented at the highest level by the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG), and the Resident Coordinator.
As the rest of the world, MINURCAT also celebrated World AIDS Day last week. The ceremony to launch the activities of the day took place in Abeche, the capital of eastern Chad, on 3 December 2009.
The Prisons Advisory Unit of MINURCAT organized, between 16 and 21 November 2009, a training workshop for prison managers. The workshop, which took place in N’Djamena, drew participants from all over Chad, comprising 40 Heads of prisons, mostly from eastern Chad. The Minister of Justice and the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General also attended the event.
Guereda --- On 31 October, the SRSG, Victor Angelo, accompanied by the Polish Commander and the Prefect of Guereda officially inaugurated the water pumps rehabilitated in that town through a Quick Impact Project financed by MINURCAT.
Abeche, 28 October 2009 -- A two-day regional forum to discuss human rights issues ended on 28 October in Abeche, eastern Chad. The forum, organized by the Chadian Ministry of Human Rights and supported by the Human Rights Section of MINURCAT, discussed prevalent human rights issues in eastern and northern Chad. The forum will lead to a National Human Rights Forum to be held in N’djamena in November.