Missing Out: Refugee Education in Crisis

Missing Out: Refugee Education in Crisis

More than 3.7 million school-age refugee children do not have a school they can go to, including some $1.75 million primary school-age children, a report from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees finds. According to the report, Missing Out: Refugee Education in Crisis (48 pages, PDF), only 50 percent of refugee children currently attend primary school (compared with the global average of 90 percent), while just 22 percent attend secondary school and a mere 1 percent goes on to higher education (compared with global averages of 84 percent and 34 percent, respectively). Given the rate of increase in the number of refugees, the report estimates that an average of at least twelve thousand additional classrooms and twenty thousand additional teachers will be needed each year for the foreseeable future. To close the gap, improve the quality of education for refugees, and help girls (in particular) stay in school, the report calls on countries hosting refugees to include refugee children in their national education systems and long-term education sector plans; on donor governments to commit to multiyear funding for education and to clearly link humanitarian and development funding and programming; and on businesses and individuals to help fund and design innovative and sustainable solutions to meet refugees' educational needs.