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 Educaid.be 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 and Rwanda.

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, three parallel sessions will focus on practices and concrete examples by local and international practitioners.

The programme is almost entirely confirmed (see below). Registrations will open at the end of March.

PROGRAMME

8:30-9:00

Registration and coffee

9:00-9:15

Welcome & Introduction

Educaid.be

9:15-9:45

Keynote: Migration, displacement and education: Building bridges not walls – findings of the 2019 GEM Report

Manos Antoninis
Manos Antoninis
Director, Global Education Monitoring Report, UNESCO
9:45-10:00

Video testimonies

10:00-11:15

Panel: Education and Displacement from a Finance and Host Government Perspective

Moderator: Gie Goris, MO*

Yasmine Sherif
Yasmine Sherif
Director, Education Cannot Wait (ECW)
Stijn De Lameillieure
Stijn De Lameillieure
Education Advisor, European Commission, DG International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO)
Aggrey Kibenge
Aggrey Kibenge
Under-Secretary and Adjunct DG, Ministry of Education of Uganda
11:15-11:45

Coffee break

11:45-13:00

Panel: Global Mechanisms and Tools for Ensuring Access to Quality Education for the Displaced

Moderator: Gie Goris, MO*

Dominique Marlet
Dominique Marlet
Senior Coordinator, Human and Trade Union Rights and Equality Unit, Education International
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13:00-14:00

Lunch

14:00-16:00

Parallel sessions

SESSION A

Focus on the education response to the Syria crisis in the countries of the region

Moderator: Iris Uyttersprot, Enabel

Jeannette Vogelaar
Jeannette Vogelaar
Regional Advisor Education, Middle East and North Africa Regional Office, UNICEF
Therese Curran
Therese Curran
Education Specialist, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
Racha Nasreddine
Racha Nasreddine
Syria Country Director, British Council - HOPES project (Higher and Further Education Opportunities and Perspectives for Syrians)
SESSION B

Focus on Uganda: VET and skills development for refugees

Moderator: Maud Seghers, VVOB

Aggrey Kibenge
Aggrey Kibenge
Under-Secretary and Adjunct DG, Ministry of Education of Uganda
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Freda Bella Anek
Skills Development Fund Manager, Enabel Uganda
SESSION C

Focus on Rwanda: Formal and informal education for Congolese and Burundian refugees

Moderator: Tom Vandenbosch, VVOB

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Jean Paul Sebisogo
Head Teacher, GS Paysannat L School
Sharon Chikanya
Sharon Chikanya
Project Manager, Plan International Rwanda
16:00-16:30

Closing address

Koumbou Boly-Barry
Koumbou Boly Barry
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education
16:30-17:30

Reception

REGISTRATION

Personal details
Break-out sessions: options
In the afternoon, 3 parallel sessions will take place. Please indicate the session you'd like to attend:
Practical details
The conference will be held in English and French. Simultaneous translation (EN-FR) will be provided in the plenary sessions and in session A. Please indicate whether you'd like to use the translation facilities:
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