> World Refugee Day

20th of June 2023

Empowering refugees with ‘Hope Away from Home’ through education.

World Refugee Day, established by the United Nations in 2001, marks the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. It serves as a powerful reminder of the challenges faced by refugees and the importance of offering support, compassion, and opportunities for a dignified life. This year's theme, "Hope Away from Home," underscores the resilience and strength exhibited by refugees and highlights the crucial role that education can play in fostering hope and rebuilding lives.

As an international educational-focused charity specialising in providing education to refugees and internally displaced we recognise the transformative power of education in offering hope away from home and the need for educational provisions and their potential to empower refugees, shaping a brighter future for themselves and their communities.

Educational provisions are vital in addressing the unique challenges faced by refugee communities. For refugees displaced from their homes and communities, education acts as a lifeline, providing a sense of normalcy, stability, and hope. Providing education opportunities offers a safe and inclusive learning environment, promoting social integration and providing a sense of belonging. Moreover, educational opportunities can break the cycle of dependency and vulnerability and equip individuals with the tools to become self-reliant, fostering their independence and enabling them to rebuild their lives with dignity. Education opens doors to economic opportunities, enabling refugees to support themselves and their families, reducing their reliance on humanitarian aid. Additionally, education fosters critical thinking, resilience, and leadership skills, enabling refugees to become advocates for change and active contributors to their communities.

Addressing the educational needs of refugees requires collective action and collaboration between governments, international organisations, and educational charities. Governments must prioritise policies that ensure access to quality education for all refugees, regardless of their legal status or location. International organisations and charities play a crucial role in providing resources, expertise, and support to establish educational programs in refugee camps and host communities. Together, we can create an inclusive and empowering educational ecosystem that uplifts the lives of refugees and provides hope for a better future.

On this World Refugee Day, let us renew our commitment to providing education to refugees and internally displaced individuals. By investing in their education, we offer hope away from home, empowering them to rebuild their lives, contribute to society, and shape a brighter future. Together, let us stand in solidarity with refugees, offering them the transformative power of education as a beacon of hope, resilience, and possibility.