The Global Education Initiative is a key component of the JRS response
aimed at doubling the number of people served in our educational
projects to more than 240,000 and raising $35 million by 2020.
The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has historically seen education as a
key contribution to the needs and hopes of refugees. The Global
Education Initiative seeks to improve and broaden this contribution by:
Focusing our educational efforts on those most in need, typically youth and young adults;
Bringing heightened attention to teacher training as key for refugee education;
post-secondary education opportunities (language studies, skills
training, pre-employment programs) to improve job opportunities and
Strengthening JRS’ capacity to provide educational services of high quality in an efficient, outcomes-focused manner.
At the end of the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis encouraged us all to keep “the door of mercy in our hearts” open. Especially as human displacement has hit an all-time high, JRS takes this challenge seriously. Through the Mercy in Motion campaign, we raised 40% of the GEI’s $35 Million goal in 2016. Meanwhile, 20 people per minute are forced to flee their homes because of war and violence. The population of forcibly displaced persons is now more than 65.6 million. With your support, we continue toward the additional 60% needed to reach our goal and fully implement the GEI.
The average length of displacement for refugees is 17 years. Providing education in protracted situations enables refugees to provide for their families, strengthen bonds in their communities, and promote lasting peace. Less than 50% of all refugees have access to primary education. That number drops to 25% for secondary education and only 1% for higher education. Through the GEI, JRS strives to reshape this global reality via educational projects that open minds and unlock opportunities for refugees.
Democratic Republic of Congo: support access to secondary education Masisi, 25 May 2017- For Saint Ignatius, education was the gateway to the path that leads to God, but crossing the threshold of this gateway is far from easy in today’s world. In the Jesuit tradition, we have gained extensive experience over the centuries, experience which tells us that human beings reach their full potential only when their intellectual development is fully stimulated. Read More >>>
Halwo’s tale – My land is yours to have 19 January 2017 - She didn't want her face splayed on photographs or her real name printed in bold on pages of unknown, unimaginably far-away newspapers. But Halwo* wanted people to know. To know that lives of the other are here, present and stingingly overlooked. Read More >>>
Malawi: Vocational education provides independence Dzaleka Refugee Camp, 6 December 2016 — Eureka left the Democratic Republic of the Congo with her son after her husband, a journalist, was killed. She's now a refugee here in Dzaleka, where a Jesuit Refugee Service training course provided new skills and hopes for her future. Read More >>>
Chad: Promoting girls education through theatre Iriba, 28 November 2016 - “Our society thinks that daughters are only
for reproduction, for taking care of the children at home and for
looking after the household. This view demotes women, their image and
their role in society” says Nafisa, a librarian at the JRS Youth Centre
in Amnabak Refugee Camp. Read More >>>
Cambodia: Srey Puth creates change through education Battambang, 14 November 2016 - Srey Puth is a young and dynamic Cambodian woman. She was born in the late eighties in a refugee camp at the Thai-Cambodia border. During that time war ravaged the region. Armed groups planted the earth with landmines and cluster bombs all over the country. Read More >>>
Chad: they took our country from us Goz Beida, 31 October 2016 – The militants were moving around from village to village where we lived in Darfur. We lived every day, hearing gunshots in the distance, hoping we weren't next. That was wishful thinking. Soon enough they of course arrived to our village, Omharu, burning everything they didn't want to steal. Ten of my neighbours died; I can name all those men. Read More >>>
Malawi: Refugee completes long journey to become medical doctor Dzaleka, 27 October 2016 — Mirreille reached Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Malawi in 2000, at the age of eight. She does not remember why or under what circumstances they had to flee the country of her birth, Rwanda, as she was only two years old when the genocide of 1994 occurred. All she recalls was that her father had been killed and she remembers snippets of his funeral. Read More >>>
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