UNHCR shocked over reports of refugee deaths in Rwanda
This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Cécile Pouilly – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
"Education is important to me because I know that with education I am strong. I am aware of what is happening around me, I won’t be dependent on society, I will be independent and society can depend on me as an educated person."
Meet 16-year-old Muzoon, a champion for education who is affectionately known as the “Malala” of Syrian refugees.
Although the war in Syria may have torn millions from home, she is determined to stop it destroying their future.
Education is a basic human right, enshrined in the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child and the 1951 Refugee Convention. It is also a vital aspect of our work at UNHCR.
Of the nearly 20 million refugees under our care, half are children below the age of 18. Access to education for this marginalised group is limited, with only 50 per cent of refugee children enrolled in primary education. Twenty-five per cent are estimated to be in secondary school and just one per cent have access to tertiary education.
Without the chance to study, an entire generation is at risk.
In times of displacement, education is crucial. It can foster social cohesion, provide access to life-saving information, address psychosocial needs, and offer a stable and safe environment for those who need it most. It also helps people to rebuild their communities and pursue productive, meaningful lives.
We partner with governments and international organisations to ensure quality and protective education for refugee children and young people everywhere, in line with Sustainable Development Goal 4. Together, with your help, they can rebuild.
Our Education and Innovation units create opportunities for those forced to flee.
University scholarships through the Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative.
Professional resources and teaching materials for primary and secondary school teachers.