School of Refugee & Humaniterian Affairs
The East African School on Refugee and Humanitarian Affairs (EASRHA) is a project conceived by the Centre for the Study of Forced Migration (CSFM) located in the Faculty of Law, University of Dar es Salaam. EASRHA exposes participants to such fundamental issues as introduction to Forced Migration, Refugee Law and Policy in East Africa, Psychosocial Needs of Refugees, Conflict Resolution, Refugees and the Environment and Disaster Preparedness.
The first EASRHA session was officially launched on Monday January 24, 2000 at the Council Chamber, Mlimani Campus by the University of Dar es Salaam Vice Chancellor, Prof. Matthew Luhanga A total of 43 participants who were admitted to the course were drawn from Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. Resource Persons were drawn primarily from the University of Dar es Salaam, Makerere and the London School of Economics. The school was officially closed on Friday 11 February 2000. Successful students were awarded certificates.
The second EASRHA session took place between 3 - 14 September, 2001. The school was officially opened on September 3, 2001 by the Ugandan High Commissioner to Tanzania, His Excellency Ambassador S.T.K Katenta-Apuli. A total of 38 participants including one Canadian attended the course.
The third session of EASRHA was inaugurated on 2nd September, 2002 by the Deputy Secretary General (Finance and Administration) of the East African Community, His Excellency Ambassador Mr. Ali Mchumo. A total of 33 participants were admitted to the course, bringing to nearly 114 the number of persons who have trained at EASRHA in the last 3 years. The Resource Persons were drawn from two universities of Makerere and Dar es Salaam, and from Government and Humanitarian agencies including the UNHCR.
The next two sessions of EASRHA will be held in Uganda and Kenya in September, 2003 and September, 2004 respectively. In 2005 EASRHA was hosted by CSFM in Dar es salaam between 5th and 16th September and will once again be hosted by CSFM,in September 2006.
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