STRUCTURE OF EDUCATION IN ALGERIA
Education is compulsory for 9 academic years between the ages of 6 and 15. Primary school is five years and intermediate school four years. After the compulsory school years are completed, students who wish to continue can opt for secondary education, which lasts for three years. Secondary education takes places at 15 to 17 age, and students who successfully passed baccalaureate exam which is the key education certificate that lead students to higher education at University (may last between 1 and 4 years) or Technical / vocational education for an active life in industry. All levels of education are free in governmental schools.
ACCESS TO PUBLIC EDUCATION
Migrants, refugees or asylum seekers children of school age can, if they are illegible they present their passport and documentation showing their level of schooling from their home country, be enrolled in schools under the supervision of the Ministry of Education, schools. In addition, migrant children and adolescent may opt for the private schools if they have the financial capacities.
HOW TO ENROLL IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
A student who wishes to enroll in a public school in Algeria needs to provide Birth certificate, vaccination card and/or medical certificate of vaccines, residence permit and two ID pictures. Educational certificates from their previous schools so that the school can determine whether the level education received is considered equivalent to the Algerian school certificates. If the student is unable to provide these documents, he/she can apply for an alternative permission from the Algerian Ministry of Education to enroll in public schools.
Refugee and asylum seeker students need to have a valid UNHCR identity document to enroll in public schools in Algeria.
EDUCATION FOR YOUTH AND CHILDREN PROVIDED BY NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS
In Algeria, several non-governmental organizations, community based organizations and community centres provide a wide range of educational programs for adults from language training to life skills courses. The types of courses vary from workshops to full-time programs. Each organization sets their own enrolment procedures while some welcome participants on walk-in basis.
IQRAA (l’Association Algérienne d’Alphabétisation) is a national NGO, established in 1990 to promote support for education in general, and adult education in particular. It covers all forty-eight of Algeria’s wilaya, or departments, and 952 of its 1,541 local authorities. Services are mostly available to Algerian returnees – Additional information available at: www.iqraa.dz
The Algerian Diocesan Association also offer languages and life skills courses to migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in Algeria – additional information available at www.eglise-catholique-algerie.org