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Bangladesh: Rohingya Refugee Students Expelled

Human Rights Watch 1 April 2019

The Bangladeshi government has expelled scores of Rohingya refugee children from schools in southeast Bangladesh since late January 2019, Human Rights Watch said today. Officials have ordered secondary schools near the refugee settlements in the Cox’s Bazar district to dismiss Rohingya students, who lack Bangladeshi citizenship.

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Students in Syria are a textbook case for post-Islamic State re-education

Los Angeles Times 1 April 2019

Authorities begin efforts to reeducate about 25,000 school-age children being held in Al Hol, the desolate internment camp on the edge of eastern Syria for members of Islamic State’s so-called caliphate and refugees from the communities the militant group controlled in Syria and Iraq. With the radical group having lost the last of the land it controlled after nearly five years of warfare, authorities now face the challenge of reeducating the children of the militant fighters, most of them schooled from an early age in Islamic State’s barbaric ways.

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New landmark Abidjan Principles on the right to education and private actors adopted by experts

Abidjan Principles 13 February 2019

A group of human rights experts from around the world adopted the Abidjan Principles on the right to education today, following three years of consultations, reflection and drafting. The Abidjan Principles seek to strengthen existing efforts to ensure that everyone’s right to education is protected in the context of growing, and often unregulated private actor involvement in education.

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Experts from around the world set to meet in Abidjan to adopt new guiding principles on the right to

Right to Education Project 4 February 2019

On 12-13 of February 2019, education and human rights experts will meet in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, for the adoption of guiding principles strengthening the right to access free quality public education in the context of growing private actor involvement in education.

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Rentrée scolaire : de trop nombreux enfants à la porte de l’école

Libération 8 October 2018

En France, des milliers d’enfants ne sont pas scolarisés, en raison de facteurs multiples (éloignement des lieux de vie, expulsions à répétition, manque d’infrastructure…). Un collectif interpelle le chef de l’Etat et le ministre de l’Education nationale pour rendre le droit à la scolarisation pleinement effectif.

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Accroître les possibilités d’éducation pour les réfugiés : La communauté internationale unit ses for

HCR 8 October 2018

NEW YORK – Lorsqu’elle a quitté le Rwanda avec sa famille en 2001 pour devenir une réfugiée au Malawi, Amélie Fabian, alors âgée de six ans, était déterminée à ne pas manquer l’école. Au Malawi, elle a dû supplier ses parents pour qu’ils la laissent aller en classe. Parce qu’elle était étrangère, elle subissait les brimades des autres élèves et des enseignants. Elle a dû changer d’école à plusieurs reprises. « Pas une seule fois je n’ai envisagé de laisser tomber », se rappelle Amélie Fabian.

Ses excellentes notes lui ont permis de faire partie des 80 étudiants réfugiés autorisés à poursuivre des études universitaires au Canada dans le cadre du Programme d’étudiants réfugiés de ce pays. Après avoir décroché ses diplômes à l’Université McGill de Montréal, Amélie Fabian a récemment commencé à travailler comme comptable pour Deloitte, un cabinet d’audit et de conseil.

« J’attends avec impatience le jour où mon histoire ne sera plus l’exception, mais sera devenue la norme », dit Amélie Fabian. « La communauté internationale doit faire davantage pour offrir aux enfants réfugiés, surtout aux filles, l’éducation qu’ils méritent ».

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11 écoles reconstruites et réhabilitées dans la Grand’Anse

Ambassade de France à PAP 8 October 2018

Solidarité Laïque remettra officiellement les clés à la Direction départementale de l’Education de la Grand-Anse le 19 septembre à l’Ecole Nationale Catherine Flon dans la ville de Jérémie. L’occasion de revenir sur l’historique de ce projet qui a rassemblé les efforts d’un consortium de 6 organisations françaises et haïtiennes, des autorités haïtiennes et des populations locales et d’annoncer la suite.

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Un réfugié sur deux dans le monde n’a pas accès à l’éducation

La Croix 8 October 2018

Ils sont Soudanais, Birmans, Palestiniens, Afghans, Congolais ou Syriens. Ils ont fui la guerre, les persécutions ciblées, abandonnant leur maison, leur école, leurs camarades, leurs habitudes, dans les pas de leurs parents. Ils ont obtenu le statut protecteur de réfugié, qui leur garantit en principe le droit à l’éducation. « Le réfugié aura les mêmes droits qu’un national en matière d’éducation publique et d’assistance publique », rappellent les articles 22 et 23 de la Convention sur les réfugiés datant de 1951.

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Les ONG reçues à l’Elysée : la France réitère son engagement en faveur de l’éducation

Coalition Education 8 October 2018

Une réunion avec 16 ONG*, dont la Coalition Éducation, s’est tenue lundi 17 septembre à l’Élysée dans la perspective des grands rendez-vous internationaux à venir en matière de développement : l’Assemblée générale des Nations unies, le Forum de Paris sur la Paix et le G7 en 2019 qui sera présidé par la France. La Coalition Éducation a interpellé le président Emmanuel Macron et le ministre de l’Europe et des Affaires étrangère Jean-Yves Le Drian sur les engagements pris par la France en matière d’éducation depuis le début du quinquennat.

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UN Human Rights Council reaffirms commitment to the right to education in a new resolution

Right to Education Project 29 July 2018

At the 38th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), states reaffirmed their commitment to the right to education by adopting a resolution (A/HRC/RES/38/9) entitled ‘The right to education: follow-up to Human Rights Council resolution 8/4’.

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Child Refugees With Disabilities in Iran Struggle to Access Education and Healthcare

Center for Human Rights Iran 22 June 2018

In interviews conducted by the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) ahead of this year’s World Refugee Day, June 20, 2018, several Afghan refugees in Iran described difficulties accessing basic services including health care and child education.

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UN SG Stresses Need to Ensure Greatest Number of Children Get into School

UN News 1 May 2018

Following are the remarks by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, as prepared for delivery by Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF, at the Education Above All Event in New York on 27 April:

Your Highness Sheikha Moza, honoured guests, ladies and gentlemen, good evening to you all.  And thank you to everyone involved in the Education Above All Foundation.

Through your investment, your advocacy and your vision, you are bringing to life the dream that every child has to an education… to a seat in the classroom… to a future.

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Lebanon: Positive Step for Refugee Children

Human Rights Watch 17 April 2018

A new regulation allowing some Syrian teenagers to get temporary legal status in Lebanon more easily is a positive and long-awaited step, Human Rights Watch said today. Lebanese authorities should ensure that all children can maintain legal status, a key factor in fulfilling their right to an education.

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Human Rights Council concludes Annual Meeting on the Rights of the Child with a panel focusing on ch

UN Human Rights 5 March 2018

The Human Rights Council this afternoon concluded its annual full-day meeting on the rights of the child with a panel discussion focusing on children in humanitarian situations and on how States and the international community could be more accountable in this regard.

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The Detention of Palestinian Children and Its Impact on Their Education and Development

Jadaliyya 3 January 2018

This article shows how the detention of Palestinian children by Israeli occupation forces impacts education and development. It explores children’s experiences in detention, and how these impact on subsequent life chances. It also looks at child responses to the continued occupation by Israel. This is done in the context of the Israeli occupation of Palestine and Israeli violations of international law. The primary research on which this article is based focuses on Israeli human rights violations and military detention of minors. This negatively affects a child’s development within their community, and their legal right to an education. Data is collected from ex-detainee experiences and accounts from open-ended questionnaires and interviews.

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