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Mariela Baeva
Mariela Baeva
Member of the European Parliament for Bulgaria
2007 - 2009
(first direct EP elections in Bulgaria);

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Young people in partnership with @Theirworld demanded action on the #GlobalEducationCrisis and world leaders have listened. #IFFEd will unlock billions for children globally and help deliver a world where every child has a place in school. #LetMeLearn

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What is the Global Refugee Forum?*

The event is the first of its kind and will be held on December 17 and 18 in Geneva – then every four years. It is co-hosted by the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR and the Swiss government.

It’s an opportunity for countries, international organisations, businesses and other stakeholders to pledge action and innovative solutions for more than 70 million people currently displaced by violence and persecution.

It follows on from the 2018 Global Compact on Refugees, a blueprint for governments, organisations and others to help refugees thrive in exile. It has four key objectives:

  • Ease pressure on host countries
  • Enhance refugee self-reliance
  • Expand access to third-country solutions
  • Support conditions in countries of origin for refugees to return in safety and dignity

Host communities and refugees themselves will be at the heart of the forum, which will focus on six themes including education.

Theirworld has campaigned for several years for education to be high on the global agenda and was one of 60 organisations and countries that called last year for a Global Framework for Refugee Education, which has been designed to guide the pledging process for the Global Refugee Forum.

Why is the forum needed?

An average of 37,000 people leave their homes every day to escape violence, conflict and persecution.

They include 26 million refugees who have fled to another country – including 6.7 million from Syria, 2.7 million from Afghanistan and 2.3 million from South Sudan. There are other major refugee populations such as those displaced from Myanmar, Somalia and Venezuela.

Half of all refugees are under 18 and 3.7 million of them are not in school. They desperately need quality education to prevent them being left behind and trapped in a life of poverty and discrimination.

Almost three million school-age refugee children live in just five countries – Turkey, Lebanon, Pakistan, Sudan and Uganda.

“Refugee situations send ripples across entire regions and beyond,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi. “Dealing with displacement challenges cannot be done alone and requires unity of vision and ambition among all countries coupled with real, concrete action.”

Why is education so important for refugees?

There are 7.1 million refugee children of school age under UNHCR’s mandate – and more than half of them get no education. Only 63% of refugees are enrolled in primary school, dropping to 24% in secondary.

Unless education is prioritised, millions of children face the prospect of dropping out of school early or never going to school at all. This will have catastrophic effects on their futures and those of their communities. It will even affect their country’s ability to rebuild after refugees return home.

Refugee children who are out of school are at risk of early marriage, child labour, recruitment, exploitation and other forms of discrimination.

“Education’s critical role is not in dispute. We already know it protects, stimulates, nurtures, develops and strengthens the lives of children, adolescents and youth,” said Gordon Brown, the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, in UNHCR’s 2019 report Stepping Up: Refugee Education in Crisis. “Not to do everything in our power to give these children an education would be a reprehensible dereliction of duty.”

The UNHCR report said many countries have made significant progress, such as Uganda, Chad, Kenya and Ethiopia in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and Mexico. That includes making school timetables more flexible, giving special help on missed schoolwork or new languages, and training more teachers.

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