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The Jesuit Refugee Service library at Mai Aini refugee camp in northern Ethiopia, February 24, 2015. More than 18,000 refugees from neighboring Eritrea live in the camp. (Christian Fuchs — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA)

(Washington, D.C.) May 18, 2015 — Access to schools and quality education is an urgent priority for all refugee children and youth. Education is the key to a better the future for refugees whatever form that future might take. Importantly, education provides a sense of stability, dignity and hope for the future both for refugee children and for their families. Education has important ramifications for mental health and for social cohesion of the refugee community. In this short video, refugees in Chad and Ethiopia share their hopes.

Jesuit Refugee Service provides counseling services and after school programs for refugees at a camp in Mai Aini, Ethiopia. For urban refugees in the country's capital of Addis Ababa, JRS runs the only Refugee Community Center in the city, providing a range of services from adult education to computer access to emergency needs. 

In the Goz Beida camp near Djabal, Chad, JRS and Jesuit Commons Higher Education at the Margins have partnered to begin the process of bringing university classes via online learning to refugees from Darfur, Sudan.

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