World Refugee Day: Education opens the world

To mark this year’s World Refugee Day, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and Entreculturas are launching “Education opens the world”, a campaign advocating for educational access for refugees and displaced people around the world, a fundamental right they are too often deprived of because of their displacement.

Education is critical for refugees in emergencies and for those who are relegated to living for decades in camps or informal settlements. Educational settings provide safe and transformative environments for refugee children and youth. Study can broaden their imagination and widen their sympathies, despite their straitened physical circumstances. Education opens up a world of possibilities, in which the young can dream and hope for a better future, and use their gifts and abilities to build that future for themselves and their communities. 

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Kenya: Building self-reliance and promoting the inclusion of those with disabilities in Kakuma
Kakuma, 6 July 2017 - Elizabeth Wanjiku has been the coordinator of the JRS Special Needs department in Kakuma refugee camp since January 2017. One of the principles that guide JRS's work with people with special needs is the conviction that each person has potential.
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Canada: A Father's Persistence
Ontario, 3 July 2017 - "To be a father is a lifetime responsibility. You aren't living on your own anymore. You are living a life which is also connected to your other family members. Especially when you have a family member with a special need, the responsibility is even much higher," says David Bulambo a former Congolese refugee who was resettled in Canada last month with his three daughters. 
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Democratic Republic of Congo: Where schools become a haven for displaced people
Goma, 30 June 2017 - The Great Lakes Region has witnessed one of the largest human migration situations on the African continent. This is a result of the combination of generalised violence among the various groups under arms, disputes for access to resources, and the weakness of nation states. 
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South Sudan: Temporary Learning Spaces
Jamman, 26 June 2017 - I am Titus from Jammam. I came to Huffra because of the fighting between the opposition and the army in the Jammam area in 2015. When I came here, JRS made the decision to build a Temporary Learning Space (TLS) for us internally displaced persons (IDPs). Eventually, I joined TLS as a teacher.
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Central African Republic: Displaced student voices
Bambari, 23 June 2017 -  Between September 2016 and February 2017, more than 100,000 new internal displaced persons have been forced to flee their homes in Central African Republic. Here are some testimonies from a group of young survival and JRS students.
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Malawi: Community journalists support and empower fellow refugees
Dzaleka, 16 June 2017 – As I walked up to Hugo he had a camera and phone in his hands and was talking with friends. As a community journalist, Hugo, 22 years old, is assigned with documenting and disseminating news and events happening at Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi.
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World Refugee Day: Education opens the world
Rome, 14 June 2017 - To mark this year’s World Refugee Day, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and Entreculturas are launching “Education opens the world”, a campaign advocating for educational access for refugees and displaced people around the world, a fundamental right they are too often deprived of because of their displacement.
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