At the end of 2017, approximately 85 % of all refugees were hosted in developing regions, with more than one quarter in least developed countries. The average length of forced displacement is 26 years. Of the world’s nearly 25.4 million refugees, over half are under the age of 18.

What are the different approaches used to provide quality education for refugee and displaced populations by host countries in the Global South? What are the specific challenges of integrating refugees and IDPs in their national education systems? How does the international community support these host countries and what are the financial implications and risks involved?

The 2019 conference aims to contribute to the understanding of these complex issues by inviting experts from international organisations and civil society. The conference will zoom in on educational responses to the Syria crisis and on concrete approaches in Uganda, Rwanda and Bangladesh.

The conference will open with the official launch in Belgium of the 2019 GEM ReportMigration, displacement and education: Building bridges not walls”. The report examines the impact of all population movements for employment and education.

A panel of international experts will then outline some of the global initiatives supporting the provision of quality education to displaced people worldwide. In the afternoon, four parallel sessions will focus on practices and concrete examples by local and international practitioners.

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