With support from IOM, Nigerian Returnee Opens a Nursery and Primary School

Posted on: 2017/10/15 03:04

Yusuf traveled to Egypt from Nigeria in 2012 to attend university.. After being joined by his wife in 2014, they had their first son.

Yusuf traveled to Egypt from Nigeria in 2012 to attend university.. After being joined by his wife in 2014, they had their first son.

Upon completing his studies in July 2016, Yusuf did not have the means to afford the return ticket to Nigeria for him and his family. After his father got sick, Yusuf lost his financial support and the new circumstances nurtured his wish to go back home to help his father.

Yusuf had heard of the services IOM provides to migrants from his community, so he decided to approach the IOM office in Cairo in January 2017. IOM assisted Yusuf and his family to return to Nigeria in March 2017, less than a year after he graduated from university.

Furthermore, IOM provided reintegration assistance packages for him, his wife, and his sonto start a new life.

Yusuf and his family decided to use the reintegration support to set up a nursery and primary school for their community. He rented a location, bought desks, chairs, computers and books to start his school.

When IOM visited Yusuf at his school, he said: ā€œIā€™m very passionate about making an impact in my communityā€.

Yusuf opened the nursery and primary school in September 2017, after finalizing all the arrangements just in time for the new school year. The school currently runs two classes and Yusuf already has plans for expanding the school in the near future.

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