Education Access For Children Refugees Essay

1256 Words Oct 5th, 2016 6 Pages
Education access to children refugees in the host countries is unbalanced because it depends on the camp, urban setting, and gender. Gross Enrollment Ratio show children enrollment to a specific education level irrespective of age when expressed as a percentage sometimes surpasses 100 percent because of the late entry of children refugee into schools or repetition of grades. Primary GER in 2009 for the refugees was 76 percent from 47 urban areas, 92 camps from 73 countries. Meanwhile, post-primary education was 36 percent, from 48 urban areas from 75 host nations. Furthermore, while in Uganda 80 percent of refugee children have access to primary education while in the urban areas or camps, in Kenya, only 46 percent of Dadaab and Kakuma camps have access to primary education (Horn et al., 2013). Similarly, secondary school enrollment from the refugee children remain low with the highest being 57 percent in Rwanda and Malaysia having the lowest rate of 1.4 percent (Horn et al., 2013). Such figures show that most of the refugee children are neglected by the host nations and UNHCR; thus, are denied their fundamental right to education. Also, for the few percentages that enrolls in schools, their learning remains ineffective due to frequent disruptions suffered earlier coming from conflict zones. For instance, in Kenya, a Somali child refugee got the first chance to attend school in Nairobi at the age of 11; at the time of the interview he was 17 years but in class 7. Similarly,…

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