Ensuring all refugee children have access to quality education

More than half of the world’s refugee children – 4 million – are not in school. They face the double jeopardy of losing both their homes and their education. Without an education, these children do not have a future.

A child’s right to an education should not end in times of emergency. In times of crisis, education can play a life-saving and life-sustaining role. Education sets refugee children up for success. It provides them with hope and the means for a strong future.

Unless efforts are made to reach those furthest left behind, especially refugee children, the world will not meet Sustainable Development Goal 4 – inclusive, quality education for all.

In 2016, the New York Declaration made an ambitious commitment to ensure that refugee children would be in school and learning within a few months of becoming refugees.

Building on the commitments in the New York Declaration, the Global Compact for Refugees has been in development for two years and is due to be adopted in 2018.

We lay out three pillars where action is required to deliver quality educational opportunities for refugee children:

  • Inclusion: support for including refugees in national education systems
  • Improvement: increasing efforts to improve quality teaching and ensure refugee and host community children are learning
  • Investment: mobilising the funding necessary to scale up access to quality learning opportunities for refugee children

Despite the challenges, progress is possible and the time to act is now.


Venetia's story

Venetia is 9 years old and dreams of going to school but because of the crisis in South Sudan, had to escape and come to Uganda. Currently a refugee with her family in Uganda, Venetia now goes to a Save the Children-supported education programme so she can continue her education.


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