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

The coronavirus pandemic has upended educational systems and practices worldwide, but for refugees and migrants the pandemic exposed just 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.

The series of 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


October 12th, 2021
11 am – 12:30 pm EDT (5-6:30pm CET)
Join RME, our partners at JRS, and others for a discussion on how to build effective partnerships between not only NGOs but also with universities. More details to be released soon. Pre-register below:
  • If not affiliated with the Refugee and Migrant Education Network, please specify your affiliation.
  • Please submit any questions you would like to be asked at the event.

Previous Events


Leadership Lessons from the Jesuit Refugee Service

On June 15th 2021, JRS leaders joined the Refugee & Migrant Education Network for a candid conversation about how to address organizational challenges to better serve their community of  800,000 refugees each year and improve outcomes for forcibly displaced communities in 56 countries around the world.
Key questions that guided our conversation:
      • 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?

Important moments from the conversation:

To watch the full event featuring experts from the Jesuit Refugee Service–Thomas H. Smolich, International Director;  Melly Preira, Director of Human Resources; Andre Atsu, Regional Director for East Africa–and moderated by Arnout Mertens, JRS Director of Programmes and Innovation, please visit our Facebook.


The current state and importance of refugee education as a pathway to opportunity


UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi visits refugee children from Aleppo, Idlib and Homs at Taalabay school in Bekaa Valley.

The Refugee & Migrant Education Network, in partnership with the Gregorian University in Rome, hosted our  first program of in our 2021 Critical Conversations event series! The discussion featured Filippo Grandi, the 11th United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

This powerful and pertinent discussion focused on the realities and challenges of educating displaced people around the world. Fernando M. Reimers, Harvard University’s Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice in International Education and Director of the Global Education Innovation Initiative, moderated.