A young student at school in Paraguachon, Colombia, that welcomes Venezuelan refugee and host community children. © UNHCR/VINCENT TREMEAU

Refugee enrolment in school will not improve without a combined and coordinated effort at all levels of society – governments, businesses, schools and universities, charities, and members of the public.


  • Allow refugees to enrol in schools under the same conditions as nationals
  • Include refugees in national education systems; ensure they follow national curricula
  • Give refugees access to school without documentation or certification
  • Design policies and allocate budgets for refugee education in national plans
  • Ensure refugees can sit for national exams and earn recognized qualifications
  • Ensure refugee girls have equal access to education
  • Ensure host communities also benefit from education funding


  • Ensure refugee children feel welcome
  • Provide language courses for refugees who do not speak the language of instruction
  • Offer catch-up programmes to refugees who have been out of school for months or years
  • Establish a dialogue with the families of refugee children and engage them in school life
  • Give teachers the relevant training to integrate and educate refugee children
  • Educate other children about the lives and experiences of refugees and the forcibly displaced


  • Offer scholarships and other awards to refugee students
  • Create and develop connected learning programmes
  • Support and partner with universities in the top refugee-hosting countries
  • Encourage student groups to welcome and support refugee students


  • Offer internships, apprenticeships, training and job opportunities to refugees
  • Partner with UNHCR to invest in refugee education initiatives
  • Offer technological expertise to boost education projects
  • Fund and provide in-kind resources


  • Embed education funding in core planning for all refugee operations
  • Fund education programmes that follow formal national curricula rather than parallel courses of study
  • Ensure reliable multi-year funding
  • Support teacher training, including refugee teachers
  • Invest in school infrastructure and supplies


  • Support the work of UNHCR and its partners through donations
  • Lobby governments to support the inclusion of refugees in national systems
  • Help refugees learn new languages and skills
  • Volunteer with NGOs that support refugees