We teach here - a series of films

We Teach Here is a film series that focuses on the lives of teachers working in refugee settings in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda. Some of these teachers are refugees themselves. Others are national teachers who are working with refugee learners. All are members of communities affected by crisis and displacement. We Teach Here removes our attachment to place to instead focus on people – it's about teachers who keep teaching, no matter what, no matter where. These are their stories: the lives they lead and the challenges and opportunities they encounter along the way.


In this film, we meet Khan Lol, Nyakan Panom, and Buay Riek, three South Sudanese primary school teachers working in refugee camps in the Gambella region of Ethiopia. The teachers share their stories and the essential role they play in shaping the future of young refugees, under challenging and fast-changing circumstances. They open their classrooms – and lives – to reveal both the opportunities and challenges involved with teaching inside a refugee camp.

The film touches on many issues common to teachers in refugee settings. For example, Nyakan Panom is the only female teacher in her school, reflecting a system-wide shortage of female teachers, which is particularly pronounced in this region. According to national education data, more than 90% of teachers in refugee camps in Gambella are male. As a result, Nyakan’s female students flock to her for support in the schoolyard.


Kenya has hosted refugees since its independence in 1963 and is currently home to one of the largest refugee populations in Africa. According to UNHCR data, as of August 2022 Kenya hosted 561,836 refugees and asylum seekers, mostly from Somalia (53%), South Sudan (25%), the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) (10%), and Ethiopia (5.6%). Over three quarters of refugees reside in the refugee camps and settlements of Dadaab, Kakuma and Kalobeyei, with most of the remaining refugees living around Nairobi.

This film follows three teachers in a refugee camp in Kakuma, Kenya and looks at what it takes for teachers to thrive in the classroom.

Click here to download our report 'Teacher management in refugee settings: Kenya'.


The third and final film in the series focuses on the resourcefulness of three teachers in Nakivale Refugee Settlement in the western region of Uganda. Andrew Safari has been a teacher for over 21 years but teaching in a refugee settlement presents new challenges. Leticia Ainembabazi shares how she found ways to keep students learning during a long COVID-19 lockdown – such as fetching learners and teaching outdoors under a mango tree. Joel Dieudonne Kikalage is a highly educated refugee from DRC and works as a teaching assistant because he does not have the right working papers.