According to a new report by the UN Refugee Agency, 3.5 million refugee children are currently out of school.
A year ago, in September 2016, the first UN Summit for Refugees & Migrants and Leaders’ Summit on Refugees took place. While we have seen greater attention and awareness on the importance of investing in education for the globally displaced, we must not lose this opportunity to hold governments and donors accountable to commitments made at least year’s historic refugee summits. We must ensure that these commitments are tracked and that students see the benefits of commitments that were made on their behalf.
During this week’s Session of the UN General Assembly, and related meetings and events, we encourage donors and decision makers to prioritize follow-up from last year’s Leaders’ Summit, including:
- Identify a lead government or entity to coordinate formal follow-up from the Summit.
- Ensure sufficient monitoring and evaluation of commitments made at the Summit.
- Provide mid-year and annual reports on commitments made at the Summit.
- Host follow-up ministerial meetings to track ongoing commitments and generate new support are held, as appropriate.
- Ensure that civil society is consulted and fully engaged, as our constituencies can be leveraged to assist in this effort.
Efforts to mobilize the support of refugee-hosting governments and the donor community are critical in finding solutions to these unprecedented challenges.
[Global Campaign for Education]