‘Refugee Education 2030 sets out a vision for the inclusion of refugee children and youth in equitable quality education that contributes to resilience and prepares them for participation in cohesive societies. It aims to foster the conditions, partnerships, collaboration and approaches that lead to all refugee, asylum seeker, returnee and stateless children and youth and their hosting communities, including the internally displaced in those communities, to access education that enables them to learn, thrive and develop their potential.‘ Ref:United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, September 2019
In 2021, the conflicts in Afghanistan took a dramatic turn with the withdrawal of all international troops, and the collapse of the government. This has caused many Afghans to leave their country. As a result, displaced Afghan children and youth urgently need to be provided access to inclusive and quality education. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports more than 15,000 refugees in India, displaced from Afghanistan.
With its partners in India, Banyan Initiative for Development
- Supports the primary school enrolment of children from the asylum seeking Afghan communities arriving in New Delhi to get enrolled in schools accredited by national authorities.
- Provides psychosocial support to youth as they strive to adjust their lives, become self-sufficient, enabling them to build resilience in the new cultural contexts.