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27 November 2018

On 27 November 2018, UNESCO Beirut organized the Arab Regional Launch of the 2019 Global Education Monitoring Report on Migration, Displacement and Education, at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MeHe) in Lebanon, in presence of high-level personalities and education experts.

The 2019 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report, entitled ‘Building bridges, not walls’, was launched globally on 20 November 2018. Focusing on the theme of Migration, Displacement and Education, the report analyses policies towards refugees and migrants around the world, and presents evidence on the scale and characteristics of different types of migration and displacement and their implications for education systems, reflecting the voices and experiences of displaced and host communities. The report praises countries in Western Asia, such as Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, where almost a third of the world’s refugees are hosted, for their inclusive education policies towards Syrian refugees. With the help of case studies, the report shows what works and what could be scaled up in terms of integrating migrants into the education system, serving as an evidence-based tool for practitioners. It makes the case for investing in education of good quality in emergencies, and examines the impact that education can have on addressing the challenges and opportunities posed by migration and displacement.

The Arab Regional Launch of the report was organized under the patronage of the Minister of Education, Mr Marwan Hamadeh, and was attended by a large number of participants including: Mr Fadi Yarak, Director General of MeHE; Mr. Philippe Lazzarini, United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator; Dr. Hamed Al Hammami, Director of UNESCO Beirut; Ms. Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait (ECW); Mr. Manos Antoninis, Director of the Global Education Monitoring Report; as well as experts, teachers, and civil society activists.

Download the 2019 GEM report: