Education and lifelong learning for refugees

Equity and inclusion in policy and practice

Authored by: Preeti Dagar , Namita Sharma

The Routledge Handbook of Refugees in India

Print publication date:  March  2022
Online publication date:  March  2022

Print ISBN: 9780367531096
eBook ISBN: 9781003246800
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Education is regarded as a key factor for development, decent livelihood, and social change and it is one of the highest priorities of refugee communities. The lack of equitable access to quality education stands in the way of generating durable solutions for refugees and achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This chapter analyzes global educational strategies and policies designed and implemented for refugee groups. It gives an overview of education and lifelong learning approaches that are endorsed by international agencies and non-governmental institutions. It further explores the interaction of global frameworks for education of refugee populations with national laws and agendas, and whether they are actualized in the Indian context. This chapter emphasizes that while countries in the Global South are struggling to provide universal, inclusive, and quality education for most of its citizens, certain measures are required to provide access to education and lifelong learning opportunities for refugee communities.

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