Introduced by the High Commissioner for Refugees, four refugee students from Africa join UNHCR and Vodafone Foundation’s Instant Network Schools Ambassador, Mohamed Salah to call for bold action to tackle the devastating gap in access to quality education for refugee students – a gap exacerbated by COVID-19. Salah hears from four young refugee students in camps in Tanzania, Kenya and South Sudan and gives his thoughts and reactions. The High Commissioner for Refugees provides further global context. The session highlights how technology, and transformative partnerships like Instant Network Schools, provide the opportunity to equip refugee children with the skills and knowledge they need to live a better and more dignified life. But without greater support, the steady, hard-won increases in school, university, and technical and vocational education enrollment for refugees could be reversed – in some cases permanently – potentially jeopardizing efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4 of ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education for all.
Fatna (Ajoung Thok Refugee Camp/South Sudan), Filippo Grandi (UN High Commissioner for Refugees), Mohamed Salah (INS), Pacific (Nyarugusu Refugee Camp/Tanzania), Salama (Nyarugusu Refugee Camp/Tanzania)