UNHCR / REFUGEE EDUCATION

Preview Language:   Original
30-Aug-2019 00:01:56
In a report released today, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said that of the 7.1 million refugee children of school age, 3.7 million - more than half - do not go to school. UNHCR

Available Language: English
Type
Language
Format
Acquire
/
English
Other Formats
Description
STORY: UNHCR / REFUGEE EDUCATION
TRT: 1:56
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR FOOTAGE ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 28 AUGUST 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

SHOTLIST:

FILE – UNTV CH - GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Wide shot, Palais des Nations exterior

UNHCR - 28 AUGUST 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, press conference
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Melissa Flemming, Spokesperson, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“Not investing in refugees, people who have fled warzones, people who have fled countries where the world is interested in a future of peace, is not investing in very simply in the future of its people. The people who could be the future teachers, architects, peacemakers, artists, politicians, who are interested in reconciliation and not revenge. So, it is short-sighted, and it is frankly dumb.”
4. Close up, journalist
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Melissa Flemming, Spokesperson, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“We have in more than 20 African countries, UNHCR is collaborating with the national education authorities, as well as other UN agencies, civil society, to support refugee inclusion. And this is one of the areas that is absolutely the most critical to solve the problem. You know, where you have a country that has a decent national school system, all we’re asking is that please allow the refugees to attend.”
6. Close up, journalist
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Melissa Flemming, Spokesperson, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“Our goal is, of course, very visionary to get every refugee child in school. We won’t be able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal number four if we don’t, but more importantly, we are missing the chance to contribute to the healing, to the wellbeing of refugee children and also to the future of their countries.”
8. Wide shot, Fleming at press conference

STORYLINE:

In a report released today (30 Aug), the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said that of the 7.1 million refugee children of school age, 3.7 million - more than half - do not go to school.

The report, Stepping Up: Refugee Education in Crisis, shows that as refugee children grow older, the barriers preventing them from accessing education become harder to overcome. UNHCR said only 63 per cent of refugee children go to primary school, compared to 91 per cent globally. Around the world, 84 per cent of adolescents get a secondary education, while only 24 per cent of refugees get the opportunity.

UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Flemming said, “Not investing in refugees, people who have fled warzones, people who have fled countries where the world is interested in a future of peace, is not investing in very simply in the future of its people. The people who could be the future teachers, architects, peacemakers, artists, politicians, who are interested in reconciliation and not revenge. So, it is short-sighted, and it is frankly dumb.”

UNHCR said the steep decline in refugee enrolment between primary and secondary school is the direct result of lack of funding for refugee education. As a result, Fleming said that her agency is calling on governments, the private sector, educational organizations and donors to give their financial backing to a new initiative aimed at kick-starting secondary education for refugees.

UNHCR said the secondary school initiative would target the construction and refurbishment of schools, teacher training, and giving financial support to refugee families so that they can cover the expenses of sending their children to school.

This year’s report also called for refugees to be included in national education systems instead of being corralled into unofficial parallel schools, and to be allowed to follow a formal, recognized curriculum all the way through pre-primary, primary and secondary school. This will give them the recognized qualifications that can be their springboard to university or higher vocational training.

SOUNDBITE (English) Melissa Flemming, Spokesperson, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“We have in more than 20 African countries, UNHCR is collaborating with the national education authorities, as well as other UN agencies, civil society, to support refugee inclusion. And this is one of the areas that is absolutely the most critical to solve the problem. You know, where you have a country that has a decent national school system, all we’re asking is that please allow the refugees to attend.”

UNHCR said, at present, even if refugee adolescents overcome the odds and make it through secondary school, only three per cent will be lucky enough to get a place in some form of higher education. This pales in comparison to the global figure of 37 per cent.

UNHCR also called for a more realistic approach on the part of schools, universities and education ministries towards documentation. The Agency said many refugees are barred from the classroom because they left behind exam and course certificates, as well as ID documents, when they fled their homes. Even when these documents are available, some host countries refuse to recognize certification issued in refugees’ country of origin.

SOUNDBITE (English) Melissa Flemming, Spokesperson, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“Our goal is, of course, very visionary to get every refugee child in school. We won’t be able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal number four if we don’t, but more importantly, we are missing the chance to contribute to the healing, to the wellbeing of refugee children and also to the future of their countries.”

The UN refugee agency stressed that the issue of education for the world’s refugee children is urgent. By the end of 2018, there were more than 25.9 million refugees around the world, 20.4 million under UNHCR’s mandate, half of whom were under the age of 18.

UNHCR noted that rallying support for the secondary education initiative would be a key part of the forthcoming Global Refugee Forum, which takes place in December 2019 and is a critical opportunity to strengthen the world’s collective response to refugee situations.
Series
Category
Topical Subjects
Personal Subjects
Creator
UNHCR
Alternate Title
unifeed190830c
Asset ID
2442076