South Africa is the country with the highest number of migrants and refugees coming from the countries of Central Africa.
Three2six is an innovative program of social promotion and inclusive education that guarantees access to education for refugee and migrant children in South Africa who, due to the war and estrangement from their country, have interrupted their studies or have never been able to attend school. The name “Three2six” comes from the time of the school, from 3 to 6 p.m., implemented in the Institutes that participate to the program.
The project has been running since 2008 providing quality education and encouraging integration, inclusion, diversity of expression, understanding and giving voice to the children. The program provided more than 2300 kids with basic skills (reading, writing and mathematics) for their integration into formal schooling and “Life Skills” for their holistic personal growth.
In addition to school activities, the program also provides for a “Three2Six Holiday Program” where the children, with the collaboration of young volunteers from other countries, participate in recreational activities in an environment where they feel safe and understood. The program staff is largely composed of refugee teachers who are valued as educators and cultural mediators.
In a network with other schools, the Marist communities provide new and effective ways to support children who are marginalized and vulnerable. FMSI, in cooperation with private donors and agencies, supports the running costs of the project activities and staff.