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BiH: UNHCR donates equipment to students and young people who are refugees and asylum seekers

Thanks to the European Union, UNHCR, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, through its partner organization BHWI Foundation distributed school supplies and equipment to students and young people who are refugees and asylum seekers in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the first half of September, aiming to improve access to educational materials and online tools for non-formal education.

“This valuable donation, the laptop I received, will help me attend the courses offered by Coursera for refugees. “Knowing Arabic, English and Bosnian enabled me to find a job in BiH, but I would like to learn more languages ​​because I noticed that I am good at it,” said Saifeddin, a young Syrian additional protection living in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“I want to learn more about graphic design. It’s a craft that requires good quality hardware and software, and this laptop I got today will help me gain graphic design skills, “said Omar *, another young man from Syria with extra protection status.

The UNHCR 2021 Education Report, published last week, says the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have been devastating for all children, but for young refugees — already facing significant barriers to school access — may shatter all hopes of getting the education they need.

In almost every country, the registration rate for refugees is significantly lower than the rate of children in the host community. The data also show that from March 2019 to March 2020, gross enrollment rates for refugees at the primary level were 68 percent.

Enrollment in higher education was at 5 percent in 2020, an increase of 2 points over last year and the profit representing a transformative change for thousands of refugees and their communities. It is a growth that also offers hope and encouragement to young refugees facing daunting challenges to access education.

The UNHCR BHWI partner will continue to provide psychosocial support in integrating asylum-seeking parents and children, recognized refugees and those with additional protections, emphasizing education and the acquisition of new skills and knowledge.

These activities were implemented with the support of the European Union Instrument for Contribution to Stability and Peace through the joint UNHCR / IOM project “Increasing social cohesion in communities hosting people on the move”.

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