In a world of conflict and upheaval, we as an international community are missing out one of the best investments there is: the education of young refugees.

Of the 19.9 million refugees under our care, 7.4 million are of school age. Their access to education is limited, with 4 million unable to attend school.

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.

Aiming Higher

A campaign to fund talented refugee scholars

UNHCR’s Refugee Scholarships Programme (DAFI – Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative) enables gifted young refugee students to pursue a university degree or similar higher education. With this campaign, our goal is to give an additional 1,800 refugees across the globe access to higher education by 2023.

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