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“One of the challenges facing (…) countries is that refugees and resettled persons who could work as teachers may be unable to provide evidence of qualifications. In 2007, the Supreme Court of Ontario, Canada, set an important precedent by ruling that the Ontario College of Teachers must find a way to assess the qualification of a resettled refugee who could not produce an original government-certified proof of her academic qualifications (Medic, 2007).” For more information, see GMR/UNHCR policy paper #26.

In 2015 UNESCO calculated that governments must double education spending as a share of national income to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4 by 2030. “The International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity” established in 2015 at the initiative of the Norwegian government submitted proposals for the financing of global education to the Secretary-General of the UN on 18 September 2016. The Commission, which is chaired by UN Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, makes three recommendations for increasing and improving domestic and international financing of education from all sources: 

KEY POINT TO BE CONSIDERED

Schools should be enabled to give extra attention to refugee children and youth with special needs and to provide trauma counselling

Mobilize more domestic resources for education. This will require governments to substantially increase public investment in education by devoting more of the proceeds of growth to education, by reallocating spending based on greater priority for education and by improving overall revenue mobilization. To do so, governments could commit to reallocating resources from for example expensive energy subsidies and commit to improving their tax collection including through addressing tax avoidance and considering earmarking resources for education, alongside wider tax reforms. Increase the international financing of education and improve its effectiveness. This will require innovative thinking about the priority international development partners attach to education; as well as increased leadership and advocacy to promote increased financing from donors, investors, and philanthropists. It will also require more multilateral cooperation, improvements in the way international financing is deployed and monitored, and the encouragement of innovation in financing to mobilize new sources of funding and new partnerships. Establish a Multilateral Development Bank (MDB) investment mechanism for education to deliver improved MDB financing including global and regional development banks. Education could capitalize on the unique opportunities MDBs currently have to leverage their capital bases significantly. This mechanism would deliver improved MDB financing for education and the engagement

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Quality education is key to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It is crucial in confronting the social, economic, cult...

Education International Refugee Education Conference Reader  

Quality education is key to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It is crucial in confronting the social, economic, cult...