The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. UNHCR aims to provide everyone with the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another state, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country.
In more than six decades, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. Today, a staff of some 7,685 people in more than 125 countries continues to help almost 34 million people. UNHCR responds to complex emergency situations by helping with shelter, health, water, education and more. It provides access to sustainable solutions that will allow refugees to rebuild their lives in dignity and peace. UNHCR monitors how refugees and other people of concern are included in the process of achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and how much progress has been made in achieving them.
Since the formation of the original EAC and UNHCR partnership in 2012, more than 270,000 OOSC have been enrolled in quality primary education across 12 countries.
EAC is partnering with UNHCR to bring quality basic education to refugee children in multiple projects in 12 priority countries. Refugee children are some of the most marginalized when it comes to accessing primary education as they have been forced from their homes, into a foreign country, often with a different language. Educate a Child and UNHCR will collaborate to ensure that over 448,000 children receive quality basic education. The countries targeted are: Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, Syria and Yemen.