Of the 20.7 million refugees under our care, 7.9 million are refugee children of school age. Their access to education is limited, with almost half of them unable to attend school at all.

The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants pinpoints education as a critical element of the international refugee response. Furthermore, Sustainable Development Goal 4 aims to deliver “inclusive and quality education for all and to promote lifelong learning”. 

UNHCR partners with governments and international organisations to ensure quality protective education for refugee children and young people everywhere. Together with your help, they can learn how to rebuild their lives.

Education is a basic human right, enshrined in the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child and the 1951 Refugee Convention.

Education protects refugee children and youth from forced recruitment into armed groups, child labour, sexual exploitation and child marriage. Education also strengthens community resilience.

Education empowers by giving refugees the knowledge and skills to live productive, fulfilling and independent lives.

Education enlightens refugees, enabling them to learn about themselves and the world around them while striving to rebuild their lives and communities.

Primary & Youth Education

Learn about how we support children and youth.

Tertiary Education

Learn about the DAFI programme, scholarships, Connected Learning and TVET.

Teaching About Refugees

Professional resources and teaching materials for primary and secondary school teachers.

Zimbabwe. 2021 UNHCR Education Report, Tongogara Refugee Camp

'Staying the course' - The challenges facing refugee education

Secondary education – the crucial yet critically under-resourced stage for refugees towards improved prospects in life.

Jordan.Children back to school in Zaatari camp.

Refugee Education Statistics: Issues and Recommendations - A joint paper by UNESCO-UIS and UNHCR

A comprehensive review of data sources to uncover the reasons for the shortage of data on refugee education.

Switzerland. Visit of the Arabic courses organized by the association Dar Al Farah in Zurich

Education Access for the Forcibly Displaced: during and in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic

An assessment of forcibly displaced learners in education activities and their return to school in the aftermath of the pandemic in select countries.

Education Briefs

Education plays a central role in our protection mandate.