Over half of the world’s registered refugees of school age, approximately 3.5 million children, are not in school. Refugee children are five times less likely to attend school compared to other children. Even for those who can access education, the quality is often very poor. Many times, education is severely delayed, and sometimes never provided.
Host country governments face significant challenges in providing basic services, including places in schools. A large number of new arrivals and children who have been born in the context of displacement are never granted these rights.
This report provides an overview of the education specific developments associated with the commitments made at the UN General Assembly and the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees in 2016. It calls for urgent reinforcement and sustained commitment to increase investment, refugee inclusion and educational improvement.