Give refugees a brighter future

For children and adolescents forced to flee their homes, education provides stability and security when everything else in their lives seems to have fallen apart.

By upholding the basic right of every child to receive an education, UNHCR aims to prevent a ‘lost generation’ of youth who are unable to forge a future for themselves or help to rebuild their country. But as the number of people forcibly displaced by conflict rises, demand for education also grows and resources become stretched.

The figures tell this story: in just one year, the number of refugee children not in school has increased by half a million, meaning that today 4 million refugee children don't go to school. 

But there is good news. In 2017, more than 500,000 refugee children were newly enrolled in school. We couldn’t have done it without the support of people like you.

In addition, education is central to the global compact on refugees, which will transform the way the world responds to mass displacement and the refugee crisis. 

“We cannot improvise an education and imagine that this is good enough.”  
Filippo Grandi,
UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Refugee children who lose their homes shouldn't also lose their education. It's time to #TurnTheTide.

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Providing Education

Education is a crucial part of refugee relief, even in emergencies. School provides a safe and stable environment for children, restoring their sense of normality and routine, and allowing them to receive important health and safety messages. Education also helps people rebuild their communities and pursue productive, meaningful lives. Where refugees live in the community, UNHCR negotiates with governments to allow them access to local schools. In refugee camps, UNHCR promotes education for children and adults, operating schools and vocational training programs.

Providing Technology

UNHCR’s innovation unit makes use of new technologies to improve services for refugees, both in emergency situations and as part of ongoing support. These projects include leveraging social media platforms to help refugees stay connected with each other and with service providers. They include solar power initiatives to increase energy efficiency in camps and the implementation of modern agriculture techniques to improve farming yields.

Providing Safe Places

UNHCR operates safe spaces for the most vulnerable refugees for child and family support, providing child services, play areas and counselling. Children travelling alone are given special support and safe accommodation while UNHCR staff search for their relatives or carers. For displaced girls, safe spaces in refugee camps are essential for preventing abuse and exploitation. LGBTI refugees are also offered safe spaces to protect them from harm and discrimination.

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