The right to education for refugees and internally displaced persons: data gaps and challenges

On Human Rights Day, Ruth Naylor, co-author of our HEART topic guide on education for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in low- and middle-income countries, highlights the data gaps and challenges to addressing educational needs for this largely invisible group.   Education is a fundamental human right. Legally, every individual across the world is… Read more




Education for refugees and IDPs in low- and middle-income countries: identifying challenges and opportunities

This topic guide is designed to support DFID advisors, education specialists, and other partners working on providing education for refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). It provides an overview of the key issues, and signposts relevant sources for further information and reading. Section 1 provides a brief introduction to the guide. Section 2 gives a global overview of forced displacement and education. Section 3 maps the state of research, policy, and practice in refugee education. Section 4 maps the state of research, policy, and practice in IDP education. Section 5 seeks to identify and explore best practice, and existing and potential future opportunities and innovations, in the field of education and forced displacement.

Principle versus practice

This report starts by giving an overview of internal displacement in Turkey. Next, the paper looks at Turkish laws relating to the right to education and to discrimination, examining how discrimination impairs the education if internally displaced children. Thirdly, the paper discusses the consequences of the socio-economic impact of displacement on their education. Finally, the… Read more




World at war: UNHCR global trends – forced displacement in 2014

Global forced displacement has seen accelerated growth in 2014, reaching unprecedented levels. The year saw the highest displacement on record. By end-2014, 59.5 million individuals were forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, generalised violence, or human rights violations. This is 8.3 million persons more than the year before (51.2 million) and the… Read more




Handbook and guidelines on procedures and criteria for determining refugee status under the 1951 Convention and the 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees

The 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol have served as the central instruments underpinning the international refugee protection regime for 60 years. Together with its 1967 Protocol, the Convention provides a universal code for the treatment of refugees uprooted from their countries as a result of persecution, violent conflict, serious… Read more




Support to IDP education and pupil transition from ABE to formal school in Puntland

This report discusses the findings and recommendations from the final evaluation of a pilot project that aimed at enabling 1000 displaced and other vulnerable children in IDP settlements around Bossaso, Puntland, to access quality primary education, and improving the learning environment in 10 partner schools. The evaluation focusses on assessing the effectiveness of providing conditional… Read more




Schooling and conflict in Darfur: a snapshot of basic education services for displaced children

Globally, there has been increased attention to children’s education in conflict-affected countries, with a particular focus on the provision of basic schooling. Yet, there is a need for greater representative data from these settings.  This report presents findings of a survey conducted of basic educational services and facilities among internally displaced persons (IDP) communities in North and West… Read more




Global estimates 2015: people displaced by disasters

More than 19.3 million people were displaced by disasters in 100 countries in 2014. Since 2008, an average of 26.4 million people have been displaced from their homes each year by disasters brought on by natural hazards – equivalent to one person displaced every second. The report presenting evidence on the scale, patterns and trends… Read more




Global overview 2015: people internally displaced by conflict and violence

This report is based on data and analysis gathered between January and December 2014 in 60 countries and territories across the world. The report’s findings reveal that the causes and impacts of displacement are multiple and often overlapping, including those related to disasters induced by natural hazards. In 2014, there were people living in internal displacement… Read more




Learning in displacement: briefing paper on the right to education of internally displaced people

Education is critical for internally displaced children, in part because it provides a protective function and conveys life-saving messages. Education gives children the skills needed to function in their areas of displacement, and on return. Schools give children meaningful day-today activities, leaving them less likely to succumb to the negative aspects of long-term displacement, including… Read more




Education for refugees and internally displaced persons

A new HEART Topic Guide on Education for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) will be published in June 2016. Picking up where the seminal 2011 UNHCR Refugee Education: A Global Review left off, and adding a section on the important but under-researched topic of IDP education, the Guide will be an invaluable resource for… Read more




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