UN: Education for refugees very limited compared to hosts

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UNITED NATIONS (TBEN) – The UN Refugee Agency said in a new report on Tuesday that access to education for refugees remains very limited compared to their counterparts in host countries and called on all young people who have had to flee their country to gain access to quality education.

According to the report “All Inclusive The Campaign for Refugee Education”, 42% of refugee children worldwide were enrolled in early childhood education in the academic year 2020-2021, 68% were in primary school, 37% in high school, and 6% in Higher education.

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Becky Telford, head of the Education Section of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, told a news conference that launched the report that as the number of refugees and displaced persons grows, “there is increasing urgency to address those gaps.”

The report, based on data from more than 40 countries, calls for strong partnerships to break down barriers to education for millions of refugee children, and for a renewed effort to integrate refugees into national education systems.

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On a positive note, Telford said that although the number of refugees in higher education is very low, it has risen from 1% a few years ago to 3% and now 6%.