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Published on September 6th, 2018 | by Roberta Mascaretti


UNHCR: publication of new report on refugee education in crisis

According to the new report “Turn the Tide: Refugee Education in Crisis” by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, four million refugee children are out of school – an increase of half a million children in just one year.

By the end of 2017, there were more than 25.4 million refugees around the world, 19.9 million of them under UNHCR’s mandate. More than half were children, among whom 7.4 million were of school age. The study found that only 61 per cent of refugee children attend primary school, compared to 92 per cent of children globally. As refugee children get older, this gap grows: in total, 23 per cent of refugee children attend secondary school, compared to 84 per cent of children globally, and while enrolment in tertiary education stands at 37 per cent globally, only one per cent of refugees have the same opportunity – a figure that has not changed in three years.

The report highlights progress made and what still needs to be done to ensure quality education for all refugee children, based on the commitment enshrined in the “New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants” in enrolling 500,000 out-of-school refugee children in 2017.

The study also urges host countries to allow for recognized qualifications that can be refugee students’ springboard to university or higher vocation training, it encourages financial support for developing regions, which host 92 per cent of the world’s school-age refugees, and it calls for stronger partnerships to increase sustainable solutions for refugee education.

More information available here.

About the Author

Contributor - Human Rights Professional. Migration, Human Rights & Humanitarian Affairs Adviser [Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations] (2017-2018). International Advocacy Assistant [Save the Children Italy] (2017). Human Rights Liaison Unit Intern [UNHCR] (2016). International Affairs Officer [Expo Milano 2015] (2014-2016). Post-graduate Master in International Cooperation [Italian Institute for International Political Studies] (2013-2014). Email: robertavmascaretti@gmail.com

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