Education International has developed a new toolkit for educators and education unions who work with migrant and refugee children to make the right to quality education a reality for all. 

Education unions are defending the right to learn and to teach of newcomers. They develop advocacy to promote more inclusive schools in the context of increasingly diverse communities and in reaction to the rise of populist anti-immigration political forces. These strategies and practical actions are now compiled in a new toolkit by Education International (EI). The aim of the publication is to give practitioners concrete, hands-on recommendations and advice that will help them contribute to making education more inclusive and an effective right for all children.  

The toolkit will be presented today in Paris, France, on the occasion of the launch of the new UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report that in this edition focuses on the right of migrants and refugees to inclusive quality education. 

Sharing best practices 

The publication builds upon activities developed by EI and affiliates, with support from the Open Society Foundations (OSF), in the context of a multiyear project on the right to education of refugees and migrants. These experiences have allowed education unions to develop their work in this domain, inspire each other and explore synergies across borders and with like-minded partners. 

Consisting of an introduction to the topic and three different chapters, the toolkit will allow educators, support personnel and union activists to design a plan to include migrants and refugees, advocate for their rights, and empower and support school communities to address diversity. The toolkit provides a solid knowledge base and concrete tools to:   

  • understand the phenomenon of migration and forced displacement worldwide and the challenges it poses in relation to the education sector, 
  • understand and defend refugees’ and migrants’ rights in education as protected by international, regional and national law, 
  • develop activities in favour of migrants and refugees’ rights at national and local levels and  
  • challenge the predominant negative narrative about migration and refugees. 

The toolkit is part of a wider strategy to help educators be informed and act on the inclusion of refugees into the education system.