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Crisis In Refugee Education

Often, host communities place the camps for these people in the poorest and most remote parts of their countries or cities. The international community no longer harbors unrealistic expectations. Today the community is well aware of the serious and not always pleasant impacts that large groups of refugees can have on the host community’s social, political, and economic life. However, this issue is often overlooked.

In many cases, even if the country kindly approached these groups at first, later this attitude changes and gives way to hostility due to a huge lack of resources and a large number of safety issues that appear. The relationships between these groups and their host-communities’ government are often intense. This can be easily explained. The presence of such groups in a particular community brings together and increases all of the existing ecological, social, economic, and political difficulties. Besides, the problems get bigger when these groups grow, and all these issues have a negative impact on the local people. As a result, they become a big obstacle to the development of the country.

As a rule, the society helps these people to receive the humanitarian supplies, food, and shelter immediately, while education is less prioritized. Authorities often approach this issue as a less urgent one. This happens due to the reason that the majority of host cities lack basic resources like teachers, books, and schooling places to fit thousands of new kids who, in their turn, require more attention as they need to adjust to the new curriculum, study program, and language. 

As a result, such emergencies deprive millions of kids a chance to finish school and gain higher education in college or university.

What is the current situation with refugee crisis of education? The situation with education for refugees still remains in crisis. UNHCR highlights the importance of this problem and encourages authorities and organizations to support refugee children and help them attend schools without issues. The agency claims that over a half of teenagers and kids (3.7 out of 6 million), who are under the mandate of the UN Refugee Agency, currently still do not have the opportunity to study at school.

The statistical data is disappointing. In accordance with the study, 91% of kids from all parts of the globe attend primary school, while only 50% of same-aged refugees have such opportunity. This data clearly showcases the existing crisis and the ignorance of this problem. However, not all of us prefer to ignore the issue, for example, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees – Filippo Grandi approaches this problem seriously. Filippo highlights that providing educational opportunities to refugee children is one of a few possibilities that we should use to bring up the new generation that can change the destinies of millions of people who were forcibly displaced. He believes that this matter requires immediate contribution.

The report "Missing Out: Refugee Education in Crisis", provides detailed information about the refugee education and highlights the statistical data that proves that the crisis exists. The global indicator of a number of pupils who can obtain a primary education is over 90%. The same indicator for refugees is much lower – 50%. It is also highlighted that this number gets lower in elder age groups and thus, only 22% of students attend secondary school, and only 1% of teenagers enroll in a university or college.

The report also shows certain progress that was reached in this matter. However, it is clear that the problem still exists. Today, the UN Refugee Agency works on improving the situation by means of creating individual scholarships and funding educational establishments like schools and community learning centers.

Author’s Bio: This post is created by Michael Stoddard – a passionate journalist, currently an academic writer at customwriting. com, and active public figure. For years, Michael has been studying issues related to education and social welfare. Now, he shares some important details, urgent problems, ideas and statistics on his blog.