At the end of 2017, approximately 85% of the world’s refugees were hosted in developing regions, with more than one quarter in least developed countries. The average period of living in 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 internally displaced people (IDPs) in the national education systems of these countries? 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 open with the official launch in Belgium of the 2019 GEM Report “Migration, displacement and education: Building bridges not walls”. This report examines the impact of all population movements for employment and education.
A panel of international experts will then provide their perspective on the challenges and approaches to providing quality education to displaced people worldwide. In the afternoon, three parallel sessions will zoom in on educational responses to the Syria crisis and concrete approaches from Uganda and Rwanda.
The closing address will be given by the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Dr Koumbou Boly Barry.
Educaid.be’s annual conferences aim to enrich discussion on education issues within international cooperation by giving the floor to academics and researchers, policy makers and practitioners from all over the world.