Education is at the heart of UNHCR’s work as equitable access to quality education helps to protect, connect, and empower refugees, in both acute emergencies and protracted situations.
UNHCR’s education programmes are framed by universal human rights instruments, including the 1951 Refugee Convention (Article 22) and the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 26). Ensuring access to education is a UN Sustainable Development Goal and a core component of UNHCR’s international protection and durable solutions mandate.
Education of young refugees is one of the greatest investments we can make as a global community to bring about lasting change. Despite this, close to half of all refugee children, 48 per cent, remain out of school; meanwhile COVID-19-related school closures created new hurdles for those without access to connected learning.