The facts on refugee girls’ education
- Currently there are more than 65 million people who have been forced from their homes worldwide.
- Girls who leave from their homes are often the most vulnerable and are the least likely to be in school.
- School enrollment among refugee children is much lower than the global average. Refugee students often have no schools nearby to attend, and schools that accept refugees struggle with a lack of learning materials, overcrowded classes, and language barriers.
- Refugee girls who are not in school are especially vulnerable to early marriage, human trafficking, and child labor.
- Uganda is host to more than 600,000 South Sudanese refugees. More than 85% of them are women and children.
- Two-thirds of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda are children under the age of 18. Fifty percent are out of primary school.
What can you do?
- If you are a US citizen find out how you can help refugee girls here.
- Donate to support refugee girls’ education in Uganda here.
- To stand #WithRefugees and call on governments to ensure the education of ALL refugee children please sign UNHCR’s petition.
- Learn more about how Girl Up ensuring displaced girls get enrolled in school and have access to a quality education.
- Follow along with Girl Up on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat using #WithRefugees.