Of the six million primary and secondary school-age refugees under the mandate of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 3.7 million have no school to go to. Refugee children are five times more likely to be out of school than non-refugee children, as the obstacles to full access to education are considerable. Yet, amid destruction, violence, and instability, school is a place of learning and opportunity, a sanctuary for healing and health, and provides a sense of normalcy and hope for the future.
The Education for All Act will ensure that the U.S. government effectively contributes to realizing quality education for children around the world, including those caught in conflict and crisis. This bipartisan legislation will reinforce the work of organizations like Jesuit Refugee Service by helping to ensure that individuals affected by conflict and other emergencies are not denied the opportunity to heal, learn and thrive.