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Investing in education for refugees

There are more than 65 million refugees and internally displaced people worldwide, the highest level ever recorded. This offers a challenge to all of us. JRS has historically seen education as a key contribution to the needs and hopes of refugees. Providing education enables refugees to provide for their families, strengthen bonds in their communities, and promote lasting peace.

In the words of Pope Francis, “To give a child a seat at school is the finest gift you can give.”

Through the Global Education Initiative, launched in 2015, JRS is committed to raising $35 million and doubling the number of people served in our education projects to more than 240,00 by the year 2020.

Click here to hear directly from Peter, Jeannette, Antonia, Tresor and more refugees across the world the impact that JRS's educational projects have had on their lives. You can also find more stories and updates below. 

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Myanmar: Providing love and learning through education
Myitkyina, 13 July 2018 Roi San, a 24-year old woman, is serving as a volunteer teacher at a Catholic school in the town of Myitkyina in Myanmar’s Kachin State. She began teaching in this school two years ago after graduating from a JRS-supported teacher training course.
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Uganda: I want to stay in school (Part II)
Adjumani, 31 May 2018 - A few years ago, there were no secondary schools for refugees in Pagirinya and, although Uganda’s progressive refugee regime allows refugee children to attend any school anywhere in the country, most refugee parents could not afford the tuition fees.
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Uganda: I want to stay in school (Part I)
Adjumani, 28 May 2018 – A group of about 60 mostly young men and a handful of girls are crowded in a makeshift classroom, their attention fixed to the front of the room. The classroom consists of a weather-beaten tarpaulin tent supported by thin wooden beams.
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South Sudan: A Refugee Mother, Wife, Teacher, and Student
Washington D.C., 13 May 2018 – JRS/USA Communications Coordinator, Rashidah McCoy, shares a story of a refugee mother she met while in South Sudan who teaches the students of Yambio by day and raises her family at night.
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Myanmar: Children as agents of peace
Loikow, 10 May 2018 – Myanmar has been a battleground for decades. A long civil war has displaced more than 640,000 people within Myanmar. In Kayah State, the war has internally displaced more than 34,000 persons and close to 12,000 refugees remain in two camps in the Mae Hong Son province of Thailand bordering Myanmar.
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India: Dreams do come true
Goa, 30 April 2018 – Farzana, originally from Afghanistan, is now attending university in Goa thanks to a JRS South Asia capacity building programme.
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Kenya: An oasis at the margins
Kakuma, 23 April 2018 – Education remains out of reach for many girls around the world. In Kakuma and other refugee camps, girls continue to face difficulties when it comes to accessing education.
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Chad: Post-secondary education as a tool of integration
N'Djamena, 10 April 2018 – JRS has worked in Chad since 2006 with the aim of serving, supporting, and defending Sudanese refugees who left their homes when the ongoing conflict first broke out in 2003.
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Thailand: Education promotes resilience
Bangkok, 23 February 2018 – Imagine the sound of children playing and shouting in a school playground; the bell ringing when class is about to begin. For many asylum seekers and refugees in Bangkok, it has been a long time since they have heard these sounds.
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USA: Concerts for refugees spotlight JRS Global Education Initiative
Washington DC, 30 October 2017 – Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees mounted a successful two week, eight-city tour, beginning in Seattle, on October 3 and ending in Dallas, October 15. Lampedusa, designed to spotlight the global refugee crisis, was produced by Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, in partnership with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
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