July 2011 - Chad
In the life of a student, the exam period is of paramount importance. And it is even more so if the exam allows the candidates to obtain an accredited end-of-secondary school certificate. The Secondary Education through Distance Learning (SEDL) examination took place during a period of one week at the end of June. “While taking this exam, all the students bear in mind that, if they pass the exam, they may then have the opportunity to pursue university level studies,” underlines Adam Mahamat Issa, Assistant Programme Manager.
With regard to the Memorandum of Understanding, signed between the RET and the International University of Africa, the Chad city of Abéché hosted the SEDL six-day examination for the fourth time. While the RET has now been accustomed to organising the test, Adam mentions that the logistical challenge remains: “This year, we have about 300 students to be transported from 12 refugee camps, which represents a lot of anticipation, adaptation and flexibility.” “While, from the day they all arrive, we have to deal with an infinity of parameters, we hold dear to maintaining an environment conducive to the well-being and success of the candidates,” adds the Logistical Officer Ahmat Nadjo.
The SEDL exam covers nine subjects among which three are compulsory (Islamic education, Arabic language and English or French) and six optional (such as chemistry, ecology or geography). Mohamed Elfatih Kamal Eldin, Head of the International Secondary Certificate programme, specifies that the disciplines covered constitute only one face of the coin. “The second face is found in the confidence built in sitting for an exam acknowledging the relentless effort expended toward obtaining the diploma”, specifies Elfatih.
Aziza, 32 years old, comes from the camp of Touloum located 350 kilometers North of Abéché. She explains that she attended secondary classes in Darfour but that she still feels particularly concerned about her professional future. Therefore, she decided to sit for an accredited exam such as the SEDL. As each student manages his/her time of studies autonomously, Aziza worked on all the subjects in groups. She now has a lot of hope in what her success could bring to her community. “I hope I will have the opportunity to study and to share with others the chance I had to attend school,” confesses the student. The educational circle will, therefore, be completed.