Global Business Coalition for Education

Transformative Education for Refugee Children: 5 Important Takeaways

At a time when the refugee crisis is at an all time high globally– including the current crisis on the border of the United States and Mexico – it’s important now more than ever to discuss innovative ways to use education as a transformative tool for refugee children. Below, you will find 5 important takeaways from the event on how business, governments, civil society, academia, and international actors can help bring education to the most marginalized and vulnerable communities, specifically refugees.

Bring girls to the front and they’ll leave no one behind

The theme of the 2018 Day of the African Child is to “Leave No Child Behind for Africa’s Development”. Girls make up a disproportionate number of children left behind. There are 9 million girls compared to 6 million boys of primary school age in Africa who will never go to school.[2] A quality academic education is part of what is needed to support girls. Alongside, support is needed to tackle social norms that limit girls’ opportunities and put the words can’t, shouldn’t and won’t at the forefront of girls’ minds. Only 20 percent of donor funding for gender equality, however, is used to focus on girls and young women.[3] There’s a key role for business leaders to commemorate this day by supporting quality education and opportunity for girls.