Burma: education is the way forward
Bangkok, 10 January 2014 – When her husband is away, Bo Meh's life is limited to the confines of her palm-thatched home, which leans dangerously over the dusty compound where her two older sons, aged five and three, run barefoot to the neighbour's plot of land, just a few feet away. In the village for internally displaced persons (IDPs) of Noilebeau, Kayah State, Bo Meh has done her best to support her family and to educate herself as well.
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Afghanistan: seeking peace, focusing on education
Washington DC, 28 December 2013 — The Jesuit Refugee Service has accompanied and served internally displaced persons in Afghanistan for eight years by providing education at various levels, teacher training, vocational training and livelihoods programmes to build up human and material resources for the sustainable development of vulnerable groups.
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Turkey: integrating refugee children into public schools
Kirrikale, 19 December 2013 – Most refugees in Turkey do not see a future for themselves there; rather, they long for resettlement to a third country, mostly to the US. Likewise, the Turkish state takes a similar view. Although refugees are granted 'temporary asylum-seeker status', Turkey does not recognise refugees emanating from outside Europe. However, with substantial pressure to establish a comprehensive asylum law in Turkey and massive increases in refugee arrivals, local integration seems to be the only viable option.
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Malawi: imagine yourself, a refugee
Dzaleka, 3 December 2013 – Beautiful and haunting imagery electrified Trésor Nzengu Mpauni's poem "Imagine" during one afternoon performance in Dzaleka refugee camp. The poem, at first serene, gained momentum with such emotion and intensity that the ending was a powerful reminder not only of his struggle, but the struggles of many refugees.
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Asia Pacific: reading between the lines to decipher refugee literacy needs
Bangkok, 24 September 2013 – Falling on the second Sunday of September, International Literacy Day in 2013 bears witness to both movement and standstills in progress towards the Asia Pacific region achieving the UN Millennium Development Goal of reaching universal literacy by 2015.
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Syria: violence in Damascus fuels hopelessness, fear
Damascus, 7 September 2013 — As Pope Francis leads a vigil for peace this evening in St Peter's Square in Rome, the people of Damascus face another day of fear, violence and uncertainty in the face of a conflict that seems to grow in ferocity with each passing moment.
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Democratic Republic of Congo: targeting secondary school education for displaced children
Bujumbura, 3 April 2013 – "Going back to school, to study and be with my friends help me feel normal again. It helps me forget the war and the sorrow of no longer being at home in my village", said 17-year Samuel Shukuru, one of the thousands of displaced children who found refuge in camps around Goma, a strategic city in eastern Congo, following the armed advance, in November 2012, of rebels of the March 23 Movement (M23).
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Jordan: changing with the times, JRS adapts to the community's needs
Amman, 1 March 2013 – Abu Hassan has been the director of the informal education project for nearly five years. In its early years, the school in Ashrafiyeh catered only to Iraqi refugees. But as Jordan hosts more refugees, the JRS school has adapted to the changing situation.
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Democratic Republic of Congo: school, the best deterrent against the recruitment of minors
Goma, 11 February 2013 – For anyone who travels along the muddy and rugged roads of the eastern province of North Kivu, teenage boys clasping on to rifles or some other type of firearm is commonplace. Children are frequently the victims of forced recruitment in the ranks of one of the many armed groups in Congo. Other times, they join rebel groups as they believe it to be the only viable prospect for the future.
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Jordan: there is a refugee inside each of us
Amman, 10 January 2013 – Online higher education students in Amman, Jordan, had the opportunity to attend the play 'Rest Upon the Wind', inspired by the life of Khalil Gibran, author of The Prophet.
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