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JRS/USA Ask the U.S. to Make a Commitment for Refugee Education
September 21, 2018

JRS/USA Ask the U.S. to Make a Commitment for Refugee Education

Washington DC, 21 September 2018 – Next week, world leaders will gather at the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly to adopt a new Global Compact on Refugees. The culmination of a two-year process, the Global Compact on Refugees aims to enhance protection for millions of people who have been forcibly displaced due to war, conflict or persecution.

An important way to ensure protection for refugees is to provide access to a quality education. Yet, new figures from the UN Refugee Agency present a significant challenge. Over half of all 7.4 million refugee children - a total of 4 million - are currently out of school. This is an increase of half a million children from 2016.

But there is hope. The new Global Compact on Refugees commits to mobilizing "more direct financial support" to minimize the time refugee children spend out of school and to meeting "the specific education needs of refugees" to overcome current obstacles to enrollment and attendance.

To do this, we are calling on the U.S. to pledge their support for the Global Compact on Refugees and commit to additional funding for Education Cannot Wait - a critical effort that supports quality education for more than 765,000 children and youth in 17 countries affected by some of the world's worst crises.

JRS also supports implementation of the new Global Compact on Refugees by continuing our work to provide access to education and livelihoods programs for over 200,000 refugees around the world. Through our Global Education Initiative, we aim to increase our investment to reach 250,000 refugees by 2020.

Please take a moment today to send a letter to the Administration and your policymakers encouraging continued U.S. support for refugee education and the Education Cannot Wait fund.

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