Organisations working in the field are invited to submit their projects

Selected projects will be documented with a view to increasing the knowledge, insights and learnings available from them. The learning from projects will be synthesised and inform our and others’ policy and advocacy efforts in the area of refugee education, thereby contributing to improved educational service delivery and a better policy and enabling environment. Promising Practices in Refugee Education is a joint initiative of Save the Children, the world’s largest independent children’s rights organisation, UNHCR the UN refugee agency and Pearson the world’s largest education company. Find out more about our partners here.

How we will use your case studies

The promising practices initiative will consolidate practices from the area of education for refugees.

A key incentive for organisations in submitting possible projects will be that they receive expert support – from Save the Children, UNHCR and Pearson – in the development of their case studies, along with the opportunity to share their practice widely via this project together with the opportunity to inform a synthesis report which will be used to influence global policy and practice in this area.

The project will also amplify the case for innovation in the sector, facilitating a global conversation among practitioners on the value of creativity and innovation in addressing the challenges involved in providing quality education for refugee children and young people. 

The project will also improve the potential for replication of promising practices by improving the documentation available to individual organisations and projects and by distilling learning from across all documented projects in a synthesis report.

The process, guidance documents, case studies and synthesis report will be shared with decision makers in international organisations, donor agencies and among practitioners.

We anticipate that the synthesis report will inform organisational policy reform agendas, including that of the partner agencies.

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Application and submission guidelines

Geographical Scope
This project is interested in how similar challenges are solved in different contexts globally, and seeks to promote learning and exchange. All regions and countries are of interest, although given the vast majority of refugees are hosted in low and middle income countries there is a particular interest in those areas.

Eligibility Criteria
The following is a list of criteria for organisations looking to apply:

  • The intervention to be documented must focus on the education of refugees or refugees in conjunction with children from host communities below the age of 18. This can be within the formal sector or an intervention such as accelerated education, providing certified education/pathways to formal education.
  • Organizations (not individuals), including Ministries of Education at the national and sub-national level, schools, national civil society, for- and not-for profit organisations implementing refugee education programmes are all encouraged to apply. 
  • Research institutes and universities, are encouraged to apply in conjunction with implementing partners.

Application Process and Timeline
Due to popular demand we have extended the submission deadline to Friday 7th April 2017. The proposals should be submitted to using the submission form available the

  • The application review process will consist of the following:
    • A preliminary pre-screening of applications will be conducted to ensure that the applications are in line with the requirements stated in the call for proposals;
    • Proposals will be assessed and selected by a project team consisting of representatives of the three partner organisations based on the project’s alignment with the published criteria; and
    • The project team will endeavour to make sure adequate representation of various levels of education, geographical area and, if possible, representation of marginalised groups (for example by gender, disability, or ethnicity) is reflected among selected proposals. 
    • During the application review process, applicants may be contacted to provide further clarifications and to discuss some aspects of their proposals, if required.
  • Due to the extended submission deadline, organizations will now be informed by Friday 5th May 2017. 
  • More information is available in our FAQs.
  • For more information or to ask any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the Promising Practices team on



Photo credits: 

Day, aged 10 from Myanmar, in her classroom at Mae La refugee camp, Thailand.
© Egan Hwan | Save the Children

A refugee child takes a break in class in Greece. © Yorgos Kyvernitis | UNHCR