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Refugees and their access to education: A sobering reality

 

There are 70.8 million people who have been forcibly displaced worldwide, as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, or human rights violations. Tens of millions more are on the move, having lost their homes and livelihood due to environmental degradation, natural disasters and climate change. Today’s worldwide refugee and migrant crisis is one of generational significance. It requires both immediate and long-term responses.

We cannot afford to not provide education to migrants and refugees. Without education, they will not be able to live a dignified life in refugee camps, integrate themselves in a new country when resettled, or rebuild their country or region if and when they decide to return.

Refugee children are five times more likely to be out of school than their non-refugee peers. As a result, 3.5 million refugee children of school age are currently not enrolled in school, and only one per cent of refugees will ever enrol in a college or university (Source: UNHCR). Yet, many of the Syrian and Iraqi refugees who have reached developed countries in recent years have already graduated from high school and would greatly benefit from a university education. Some even hold university degrees, which are however not recognized in the host countries, due to bureaucratic hurdles.

We can do something about this — not alone, as single individuals or institutions, but together in a global network: the Refugee and Migrant Education (RME) Network.

2021 Event Series 

Critical Conversations on Refugee and Migrant Education: Toward Commitment and Concrete Action 


About the Series

The coronavirus pandemic has upended educational systems and practices worldwide, but for refugees and migrants the pandemic exposed how desperate their already difficult plight has become. Throughout 2021, the Refugee & Migrant Education Network will be hosting a series of conversations about issues within refugee education.

Future programs will explore:

  • Reimagining innovation in a time of global uncertainty;
  • Educating university students about refugees and migrants;
  • Developing effective partnerships advancing educational access to displaced persons.

Next Event:

Program 2 — Critical Conversations: Innovations in Refugee Education.

Tuesday June 15, 2021

11am – 12:30pm EST / 5:00 pm to 6.30 pm CET

Please join us for our second event in our series “Critical Conversations in Refugee Education” featuring leaders from the Jesuit Refugee Service. Learn how JRS, which serves 800,000 refugees each year, improves outcomes and opportunities for forcibly displaced communities in 56 countries around the world and tackles these questions and challenges:

  • How does a humanitarian organization remain agile and responsive to the changing needs of forcibly displaced learners worldwide?
  • Can leaders embed innovation into their practices, programs, and cultures, without compromising mission or core values?
  • What enables broad buy-in and sustainability in managing organizational change? In diverse contexts?

Participants may register at no cost by clicking the button below.

About us

The RME Network has been founded to foster and facilitate educational programs and initiatives, as well as practical research and collaboration between universities and not-for-profit organizations, for the benefit of refugees and migrants.

Our network serves as a global platform of dynamic cooperation between our member institutions. We want to help refugees in whatever living conditions they may find themselves to obtain and build on their education — whether they be in a refugee camp or an informal urban settlement, whether they find themselves internally displaced within the country of origin, residing in a transit country, or settled in a host country.

Get involved

46 universities, NGOs, not-for-profit organizations and individuals are already members of our network. We are striving to build a large, international network which showcases best practices and provides effective tools for collaboration to its members.

This is why we would like to encourage more institutions and organisations who engage in teaching, research, and/or providing educational services to (and/or about) migrants and refugees to join us, either as members, partners, or collaborators, or by providing financial support.

If you are interested, please get in touch. We would love to hear from you.

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