Geneva: A new report from UN Refugee Agency UNHCR has revealed that refugee girls at secondary level are only half as likely to enrol in school as their male peers -- even though girls make up half of the school-age refugee population.
Critical gap in education for refugee girls: UNHCR
Access to education is a fundamental human right. Yet, for millions of women and girls among the world's growing refugee population, education remains an aspiration, not a reality, said the report titled "Her Turn". "It is time for the international community to recognise the injustice of denying refugee girls and women an education," said Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
"Finding solutions to the challenges refugee girls face as they strive to go to school requires action right across the board -- from national education ministries to teacher training institutions, in communities and classrooms," added Grandi.
"There are formidable barriers to overcome. We are calling for an international effort to turn the tide." Only 61 per cent of refugee children have access to primary education, compared to an international average of 91 per cent. At secondary level, 23 per cent of refugee adolescents go to school, compared to 84 per cent globally.