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Are you the voice of refugees on education?

Sabah, Palestinian refugee from Syria

On this World Refugee Day, the GEM Report is launching a call for refugee students and their teachers to share their stories and photos about education. Our next report will be launched on November 20, will focus on the theme of migration, displacement and education. The GEM Report team is therefore interested in featuring your stories to emphasize their relevance but also their urgency . We also hope to contact some of you with a view to inviting you to speak on a global stage at our launch events and/or sharing your story on this blog or the press.

Having carried out research from around the world on refugee education for the last year, we know that there is no end to the amount of uplifting but also devastating stories that you all own. We are keen to hear from you, whether you are students or teachers.

Below are some areas we expect many of you to have personal experiences of, which can help guide your writing.


  1. What were the challenges that hindered you and the initiatives that helped you obtain access to education?
  2. What experiences did you have on arriving in your new school, for example with respect to the language, textbooks, teachers, and your peers?
  3. What was a turning point in your education experience and who was a person who encouraged you or discouraged you from continuing your education?


  1. If you have been teaching refugees, how well prepared and supported do you feel for teaching in diverse, multi-lingual and multi-cultural settings, with students traumatized from conflict and violence?
  2. What have your experiences been in overcoming discrimination and addressing negative attitudes towards refugees by host communities?

Please share your stories and an accompanying photo on this site, and share this call with your contacts. The more we speak out, the more we are heard. Let’s get education for refugees higher up the agenda. If your photo is selected for use in the GEM Report we will contact you to discuss financial compensation.

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