JRS considers access to education a human right and a means to building peace and development. Access to education is a fundamental human right, and is essential in the development of the individual person, as well as for societies. For refugees and other forcibly displaced persons education plays an essential role in sustaining and saving lives throughout a crisis. Education is one of the four fundamental pillars of humanitarian assistance, along with food, healthcare and shelter. Education has a preventive dimension and a future dividend, which stems from its power to support the development of analytical and decision-making skills, self-esteem and self-awareness.
Nevertheless, in many countries around the world migrant and refugee children are still excluded from school by state policies. In most of these countries there is a gap between legal provisions on the one hand and the reality on the ground. In other countries, forcibly displaced children and adolescents may have access to some form of education, e.g. within refugee camps, but too often schools are poorly furnished and teachers are inadequately paid and trained. And while most refugees have access to primary and some to secondary education, hardly any have access to tertiary education.
Education plays a prominent role among the services JRS offers to refugees and other displaced persons. Worldwide JRS provides pre-school, primary, secondary and third level education to approximately 285,000 young people. As well as renovating and rebuilding schools, JRS trains teachers and distributes educational materials. Based on this experience of the needs of refugees, JRS also advocates on behalf of displaced children to ensure they are provided with an adequate education.
Uganda: Congolese primary student scores highest Kampala, 31 March 2011 – This academic year, a JRS-sponsored Congolese primary four student, fulfilled a promise to himself by scoring the highest grade in his class. Read More >>>
Kenya: pioneer a new approach to higher education Nairobi/Kakuma, 21 March 2011 - Chris Lowney, President of Jesuit Commons, was in Kakuma refugee camp (Kenya) for the official launch of the Jesuit Commons – Higher Education at the Margins project. In an interview with JRS Eastern Africa, he explains his understanding of education and leadership in a refugee-related context and shares his impression of the camp and the people living there. Read More >>>
Kenya: JRS gives refugees access to higher education Nairobi/Kakuma, 15 March 2011 – Refugees in Kakuma refugee camp in northwestern Kenya now have access to higher education, after JRS officially launched its new distance-education project with US universities today. Read More >>>
Southern Sudan: JRS pilots mother tongue instruction in six primary schools
Kajo Keji, 22 February 2011 – In collaboration with county education officials, head teachers, and community members, JRS has started mother tongue instruction in six schools in Kajo Keji County, Southern Sudan.
Southern Sudan: JRS changes approach to ensure quality education Kajo Keji, 8 February 2011 – Using the results of an external evaluation of JRS activities in Kajo Keji last October, JRS has changed its approach to ensure quality education in 2011. Read More >>>
Kenya: urban refugee children and education Nairobi, 1 September 2010 – Education has always been one of the greatest tools for building and rebuilding life. Through education many nations have been able to leave poverty and inequality behind and promote development. While the UN millennium development goals stipulate universal primary education for girls and boys alike by 2015, most children living in countries wracked by war and conflict are left without the chance to go to school.
Kenya: JRS launches new certificate programme for refugees in Kakuma Kakuma, 28 February 2011 – Refugees in Kakuma refugee camp are now able to study for a certificate in social services, after JRS launched its first certificate programme as part of a higher education initiative. Read More >>>
Kenya : Les enfants réfugiés et l'éducation Nairobi, le 1e septembre 2010 – L'éducation a toujours représenté un formidable levier pour construire et reconstruire sa vie. L'éducation a permis à de nombreuses nations de sortir de la pauvreté et des inégalités pour accéder au développement. Alors que les directives des Nations Unies pour le Millénaire prévoient l'égalité pour les garçons et les filles en ce qui concerne l'éducation primaire d'ici à 2015, la plupart des enfants vivant dans des pays ravagés par la guerre et autres conflits n'ont pas la moindre chance de fréquenter l'école.
los niños refugiados urbanos y la educación Nairobi, 1 de septiembre de 2010 – La educación ha sido siempre una de las principales herramientas para construir y reconstruir la vida. A través de la educación muchas naciones han podido dejar atrás la pobreza y la desigualdad y promover el desarrollo. Si bien, los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio de la ONU establecen la educación primaria universal tanto para niños como para niñas para 2015, la mayoría de los niños que viven en países asolados por guerras y conflictos se quedan sin la oportunidad de acudir a la escuela.
Kenya: bambini rifugiati urbani e istruzione Nairobi, 1 settembre 2010 – L'istruzione è sempre stata uno degli strumenti più efficaci per costruire e ricostruire la vita. Attraverso l'istruzione molte nazioni sono riuscite a superare la povertà e l'ineguaglianza e a promuovere lo sviluppo. Gli obiettivi di sviluppo per il millennio delle Nazioni Unite fissano il 2015 come probabile termine per il raggiungimento dell'istruzione primaria universale alla pari per bambine e bambini, ma la maggior parte dei bambini che vivono in Paesi colpiti da guerre e conflitti sono privati della possibilità di andare a scuola.