This Refugee Week, contribute to a refugee’s education

19 June 2017 | ResolutionPossible

refugee week; refugees; displacement; armed conflict; asylum; asylum seekersToday is the first day of Refugee Week in the UK and in many other countries all over the world. Refugee Week takes place every year in the week around World Refugee Day (20 June). In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities.

Find out how Refugee Week started in the UK

Find out what’s on this week

Find Refugee Week near you or around the world:
Refugee Week Australia
Refugee Week France
Scottish Refugee Council
Welsh Refugee Council

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There are events happening all over the country, so we recommend finding out when and where and join in.

There are of course many organisations that work to help refugees throughout the entire year, not just during this week. Refugees and asylum seekers have lost loved ones, their homes, their worldly belongings. Numerous organisations are working hard to support them in any way they can.

Once basic needs such as food, shelter, and physical and mental health support are looked after, the growth of the minds of refugees, especially young refugees, needs to be addressed. Being out of education means young refugees cannot start preparing for a future which will hopefully be brighter than the past they’ve left behind.

The SOAS Student Sanctuary Scheme addresses exactly that. Professor Richard Black, Director for Research and Enterprise at the School for Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), said: “The tragedy of global forced displacement should lead all of us to think how we can make a difference. In the university sector, a concrete way we can help is by ensuring that a generation of people does not miss out on higher education.”

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Enabling refugees to continue their education ensures that some of these brilliant and bright minds are not lost because of finances or other restrictions. Read more:
Does knowledge have borders?
SOAS launches Sanctuary Scholarships Appeal to support displaced people

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