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JRS/USA Releases Report Calling for Prioritization of Education for Refugees and the Forcibly Displaced
April 16, 2018

JRS/USA Releases Report Calling for Prioritization of Education for Refugees and the Forcibly Displaced

Washington, DC, 16 April 2018 - Today, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA released a report that calls for policymakers, donors, and other decision makers to prioritize education for refugees and displaced people. 

“Through our experience working with displaced people around the world, we know that education can have transformational, life-saving impact,” says Joan Rosenhauer Executive Director of JRS/USA. “This report calls on donor governments, host governments, and all those involved in humanitarian response, to make education an essential and effective response to children who are forcibly displaced.” 

The report calls on decision makers to: 

The report illustrates these recommendations through our work educating refugees in Lebanon – a country where one in six people is a refugee. Despite efforts made by the Lebanese government and by donors, a majority of school-aged refugee children (59 percent) are out of school. Through their work, JRS staff in Lebanon have found that education must be prioritized and tailored to refugee needs, and that donors must fulfill commitments made, especially to Syrian refugee children. 

“We must protect the future of this generation of children who have been forced to flee their homes, and subsequently, their education,” says Giulia McPherson, JRS/USA Director of Advocacy and Operations and report author. “When I met with children in Lebanon, they knew that education could save their lives, allow them to live beyond their displacement, and allow them to recover after experiencing trauma and violence. We cannot leave these children behind.” 

Click here to read the full report.

JRS/USA will be sharing the report with lawmakers on Capitol Hill as part of our Advocacy Day tomorrow, April 17, 2018.



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