Conflicts around the world continue to devastate the lives of individuals and communities, forcing many of those affected to find refuge in neighbouring countries or further afield. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has once again brought this reality into sharpened focus. While aid efforts in such situations concentrate on immediate needs, education is amongst the top requirements in the weeks that follow. Education is central in efforts to protect children and youth in the near-term and fostering peaceful coexistence in the long run.
But how can education enable individuals and communities to build durable futures when there is great uncertainty about where these futures will be? Recognizing the protracted nature of refugee situations, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) prioritizes the integration of refugees into the national education systems of host countries. How does this strategy work in practice for refugee children, when education systems focus on creating national citizens of thefuture? What aspirations do pupils, their communities, teachers, national authorities and donors have for refugee education? In this conference we explore these questions in ways that aim to re-imagine what education can offer refugees and nation-states. We will do so, drawing on findings from the REBuilD project, insights from practitioner experts in the field, and knowledge and experience from the audience.