Today is the World Refugee Day and there is little to celebrate. Numbers tell us the situation is getting worse and worse, as the UNHCR’s latest report released today, found a total 65.3 million people were displaced at the end of 2015, compared to 59.5 million just 12 months earlier, going record from the highest numbers we have had since Second World War.
Education means protection and quality education promotes opportunities so the people living in conflict areas don’t find as if their lives have stopped. This is why today, we want to insist on the right to education for every refugee person, whatever their age or legal situation may be.
The first step towards universalization of the right to education is becoming aware of the situation and then act to it. Edujesuit.org launches the “Right to education, right to hope” campaign, with which it aims to contribute to build collective awareness on our responsability to defend and enforce this right for everyone.
Eric Goeh-Akue is the Regional Director of the JRS Western Africa and is leaving us a message to support the campaign:
“Education is a right of all children, as you know very well. But when a child becomes a refugee or a displaced person with his family. It looks like his life has stopped completely. It looks like he doesn’t have the right to be educated, but it’s not true. We can stillprovide him access to education, to our program, education in emergencies, we do that. So help us do that. By doing that, you contribute to his growth, the growth of his community. And you transform this world into a safer place for him, for his community and for all of us. Thanks very much”
Today, June 20th JRS invites us to open our minds and hearts to hospitality that 65 million people need. They leave their homes behind to reach peace, a dignified life and greater opportunites and education opens doors to it.