German foreign minister lobbies for refugee higher education

Deutsche Welle | June 20, 2019

Only 1% of refugees worldwide have access to higher education; Heiko Maas calls the figure "frighteningly low." The UN's German-financed "Einstein Initiative" aims to up the number by 2030, but much more must be done. Bahati Hategekimana's family fled from Rwanda to Kenya when she was a baby. Her education story is "unique," she says — she was taught in a school run by refugees themselves in Kenya. It was "a little French school in this English-speaking country knowing that your children will not be able to work with this other language," recalls Hategekimana. "But they taught us math, science, religion, everything in French. And by the time I was applying for the DAFI scholarship, I had everything I needed to know taught to me by refugees." Her story is a positive one, but education for refugees is a more pressing problem than ever. On Wednesday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees announced in a report that nearly 71 million people are displaced worldwide — and that figure is likely to rise.

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