ISSN 1710-6931 September 19, 2008 Issue 134

RESEPECT Organizes Spelling Competition for Refugees

The Buduburam Refugee Camp in Ghana held its second annual spelling competition in July, thanks to the efforts of 29-year-old Shetha Koon Myers, RESPECT Ghana's program coordinator at the camp.

Shetha has been working in Buduburam for about six years, which "has made me to find myself," she says.

Buduburam is a refugee camp opened by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Ghana in 1990. As Shetha explains, the refugees are almost all Liberians who fled their country during the Liberian Civil War (1989-1996) and the Second Liberian Civil War (1999-2003).

Before the on-going repatriation exercise, there were approximately 35,000 refugees. Nowadays this number has decreased as many of the refugees are returning to Liberia.

Within this frame of wars and violence, we can easily understand how even simple events, such as the spelling competition, can bring smiles again to the people; even if for a short time.

The event is also relevant from the point of view of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in particular to "ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling."

"This is also a yearly program of RESPECT Ghana, done through the bigger youth RIC [RESPECT Intellectual Club]," Shetha adds. The competition has been organized by Smart Kids, one of RESPECT Ghana's programs which is run on camp. Spelling Competition


Liberian Schools Want to Join Global Letter Exchange

Dear Sir,

I wish to introduce RESPECT in Liberian schools.

I am a high school graduate from Gboveh Dolokelen Senior High School, and I have completed sophomore studies at the Cuttington University College in Suakoko District, Bong County, Liberia.

I have served in the International Rescue Committee in N'Zerekore, Republic of Guinea, for the past 16 years as instructor, school registrar and administrator at the Mohomou Refugee School.

In this regard, I therefore declare my desire of interest and willingness to work with you as one of your dynamic representatives, so as to enhance and promote the refugee students from exile in letter exchange program. Letter Exchange

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