Blog post by Sweta Shah, Senior Early Childhood Development and Education professional, Bernard van Leer Foundation
It was a bright morning in Ayillo 2 camp in Uganda. South Sudanese refugee children between 3-5 years were standing in a circle starting their daily routines in a Plan International supported space. The day started with the morning circle where children came for a half day of play based learning activities. Halima and two other South Sudanese refugee caregivers led the children in songs and games about health, hygiene and topics that promoted literacy and numeracy. Next came the game “news news”. A little boy went to the centre of the circle to announce the day’s news. Everyone clapped to applaud his efforts.
Blog post by Ruth Naylor, Senior International Consultant, Education Development Trust
The global population of those displaced by war and persecution is the biggest it has ever been, and similar in size to the population of the UK. For millions of refugee children, education can provide safety and hope for a better future, but the chronic shortage of trained teachers prevents many of them from getting the quality education they deserve. In many of the contexts where UNHCR works, including situations in Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, Burundi, Uganda, Chad, the situation is getting worse, with teacher training and recruitment unable to keep up with the influx of new refugees. These situations saw a decrease in the percentage of qualified teachers in 2015 (see here).
Blog post by Allison Anderson, SIPA Columbia University, USA and Maia Bix, The Malala Fund
The global movement for refugee education is gaining momentum. Spurred in part by the Syrian crisis, prominent actors from Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai to United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown are centering refugee education within the broader movements for universal primary and secondary education and comprehensive emergency response. Almost entirely missing from the conversation, however, is a call and associated actions to support higher education in crisis contexts.
We are hugely grateful for all the submissions we have received over the past two months for the Promising Practices in Refugee Education initiative.
We have had so many submissions that it taking us longer than planned to review them all and therefore projects will now be informed about the outcome and next steps by Friday 19th May. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Webinars for organisations whose submissions are being taken forward for case study development will take place at varying times the week after.
If you need any further information please contact the Promising Practices team
Last week Save the Children co-hosted an excellent event at the RSA, London on supporting refugee children in education. The speakers covered the educational challenges faced by refugees, as well as the varied and innovative solutions which are being used by local communities, NGOS and governments to ensure greater access to quality education for refugee children in different contexts.
The global refugee crisis has made its way to the top of the international political agenda, signalled by increased media attention and the first ever high-level UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants held in September 2016, at which member states agreed to the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants.
The plight of refugees is in the news every day, and not a moment too soon. Refugee children and adolescents suffer from having almost all of their rights taken from them at one point or another, if not all at the same time. Addressing their needs requires new thinking, and fast.
The Promising Practices in Refugee Education initiative aims to shine a light on great work that often goes unnoticed by those working to give every refugee child an education. We have been promoting the initiative widely and it has been covered by a number of online outlets.
This week as part of the process for supporting applicants to submit their projects to this exciting initiative, a webinar was hosted from the Promising Practices team at Save the Children.
UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, Save the Children, the global children’s charity, and Pearson, the world’s largest education company, have joined forces to identify innovative projects that are helping refugee children to learn. The ‘Promising Practices’ initiative will not only raise awareness of existing efforts, but is also calling for organisations working in the field, businesses, government and individuals to submit ideas that are providing education solutions for improving access to, and the quality of, refugee education.