Whereas countries such as Chad can pose many challenges, studying within such locations can guarantee students much needed exposure and deeper understanding of pertinent global issues.

For example for students preparing research documents on refugees and how to improve their management in camps, a visit to a refugee camp is the best way to accomplish this. Conflict in the neighbouring Sudan has seen almost 200,000 refugees flee in to Chad currently living in some 12 camps across the country. These camps are supported primarily by the UNHCR and for volunteers within they can serve as the perfect study location.

University education on the other hand is offered mainly through the single public university in the country. Chad’s population is widely dispersed and majority of parents do not send their children to school, only about 35% of children, aged 5-14 attend school. However, at the university there are unique courses that may be of interest focusing on sustainable development and desertification. The institution has a partnership program that has been active since 1971. Through this program, seven grants have been awarded for lecturing or research in Chad. Of these grants three quarters have been renewed for an additional year.

In addition to local institutions, some universities abroad have programs that send geology student to study in many locations worldwide including Chad. The UMKC has paid research programs in the Geosciences department that sends students teams to complete research in the Lake Chad basin. The students study geographical processes that contribute to shaping sedimentary basins. Though there are few local institutions in the country, through the many diverse issues interested students can collaborate with volunteer organizations to facilitate study.


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