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Regional Bureau for West & Central Africa Bi-Weekly Education Newsletter, December 13, 2019

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The first Global Refugee Forum will be held in Geneva on 17th and 18th of December. It will focus on six themes: arrangements for burden and responsibilitysharing, education, jobs and livelihoods, energy and infrastructure, solutions, and protection capacity.

This will be a unique opportunity to mobilise all actors to reflect on concrete progress towards the objectives of the Global Compact on Refugees, including efforts to improve equitable, quality and protective education for refugee children and young people everywhere.

The Global Refugee Forum’s Education CoSponsorship Alliance released in November the Global Framework for Refugee Education, which intends to guide the pledging process for the first Global Refugee Forum and subsequent initiatives to meet the 2030 education commitments of the Global Compact on Refugees.

Formed in mid-2019, the Education Co-Sponsorship Alliance represents 64 partners including 13 UN Member States, UN agencies, international organisations, financial institutions, national and local organisations, private sector, philanthropists and refugees1 . The goal of the Alliance is to help partners to translate the Global Compact on Refugees and the Refugee Education 2030: A Strategy for Refugee Inclusion into pledges for concrete action to help achieve inclusive and equitable quality education for all by 2030.

In the context of the Forum, the Alliance approaches refugee education from three outcome areas:

  • Inclusion of refugee children and youth in national education systems allows increased access to the full cycle of quality education, including ECDE, primary and secondary as well as certified non-formal education;

  • Qualifications and skills for work are obtained through increased access to accredited TVET and higher education;

  • Timely and amplified education responses in emergencies strengthen local education systems and support hosting communities to facilitate sustainable refugee inclusion.

In addition, four cross-cutting areas – Policy & Planning, Financing & Resources, Equity & Inclusion and Innovation & Connected Education – are highlighted in the Framework to comprehensively reflect on needs and gaps to support refugee education.

In the West and Central Africa region, several Governments including Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Liberia, and Senegal have already announced pledges supporting the inclusion of refugee children into their national education systems and their access to equitable quality education.

Further information can be found on the Global Refugee Forum Resources Page and on this updated Education specific programme.