Of the 20.7 million refugees under our care, 7.9 million are refugee children of school age. Their access to education is limited, with almost half of them unable to attend school at all.

The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants pinpoints education as a critical element of the international refugee response. Furthermore, Sustainable Development Goal 4 aims to deliver “inclusive and quality education for all and to promote lifelong learning”. 

UNHCR partners with governments and international organisations to ensure quality protective education for refugee children and young people everywhere. Together with your help, they can learn how to rebuild their lives.

Education is a basic human right, enshrined in the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child and the 1951 Refugee Convention.

Education protects refugee children and youth from forced recruitment into armed groups, child labour, sexual exploitation and child marriage. Education also strengthens community resilience.

Education empowers by giving refugees the knowledge and skills to live productive, fulfilling and independent lives.

Education enlightens refugees, enabling them to learn about themselves and the world around them while striving to rebuild their lives and communities.

Primary & Youth Education

Learn about how we support children and youth.

Tertiary Education

Learn about the DAFI programme, scholarships, Connected Learning and TVET.

Teaching About Refugees

Professional resources and teaching materials for primary and secondary school teachers.

Iran. Afghan refugee sisters go to school for the first time

Coming Together For Refugee Education

Coronavirus a dire threat to refugee education – half of the world's refugee children out of school

Germany. Portraits of DAFI scholarship winners and refugee students

Stepping Up: Refugee education in crisis

UNHCR report reveals that more than half of the world's school-age refugee children do not get an education.

Education Briefs

Education plays a central role in our protection mandate.