Kellett School, The British International School in Hong Kong, recently launched a new scholarship program for disadvantaged communities in Hong Kong, under which two means tested bursaries will be offered to children each year, with a focus on the asylum seeking and refugee communities.
Aiming to raise the profile of displacement issues within the school community, Kellett invited UNHCR’s Senior Protection Associate and Officer-in-Charge Philip Thorpe to participate in Kellett’s Elliott Lecture.
“When people are displaced, they lose control of many aspects of their lives. Many refugees just hope that their children will have a better future to look forward to. Access to education for refugee children is key to giving control back to families who have been displaced,” said Philip during the discussion.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was established on 14 December 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and coordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee issues. It strives to ensure that everyone has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another state, with the option to voluntarily return home when conditions are conducive for return, integrate locally or resettle to a third country. UNHCR has twice won the Nobel Peace Prize, in 1954 for its ground-breaking work in helping the refugees of Europe, and in 1981 for its worldwide assistance to refugees.