The number of refugees is growing around the world at a staggering rate; in the largest yearly increase ever recorded by UNHCR, the number of refugees rose from 27 million in 2021 to 35 million at the end of 2022. The increase is largely due to refugees fleeing conflict and violence, with 53% of all refugees coming from just three countries: the Syrian Arab Republic, Ukraine and Afghanistan
Most refugees—around 67%—are in protracted situations, living in exile for 5 years or longer, unable to return to their home country. Refugee children cannot miss out on education for such long periods. It is imperative to guarantee continuity of education for refugee children, wherever they are.
Most refugees fleeing conflict and persecution remain in neighboring countries. GPE partner countries such as Chad, Djibouti, Kenya, Pakistan, South Sudan and Uganda are responsible for hosting large numbers of refugees, working to ensure refugee children have the continued right to education no matter where they live.
GPE works with partner country governments to strengthen capacities and resourcing for inclusive education, so that refugee children and youth can access national education systems in their host countries.
Refugee education is an opportunity for all: for refugee children, it provides stability, giving them needed skills and a sense of hope for a better future; for host countries, investing in the inclusion of refugees is a big step towards equitable systems with benefits reaching host communities, which are often under resourced.