UNHCR education strategy 2012-2016
This education strategy is anchored in a renewed focus on ensuring the provision of refugee education, not as a peripheral stand-alone service but as a core component of UNHCR’s protection and durable solutions mandate. Quality education that builds relevant skills and knowledge enables refugees to live healthy, productive lives and builds skills for self-reliance. At present, many refugees do not have access to quality education that provides physical protection and personal capacity development. This is particularly true for marginalised groups, including children and young people with physical and cognitive disabilities; overaged learners who have missed out on years of schooling; and children associated with armed forces. Refugees can also be marginalised on the basis of gender, ethnicity, language, and poverty. Girls continue to be left out of mainstream education. The Education Strategy is framed by the 1951 Refugee Convention and relevant human rights instruments. It aims to meet Education for All targets, Millennium Development Goals and UNHCR Global Strategic Priorities.