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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The learning process doesn’t end once you graduate from college, and the term shouldn’t be mixed with education because education yields temporary results, while learning brings permanent improvements. We are capable of absorbing knowledge throughout our whole life and it is never too late to learn new things if you are determined and motivated.The problem about learning in this day and age is that things change extremely fast and world knowledge keeps growing exponentially. Something that we learned as little as 5 years ago may have changed drastically in the meantime, and our knowledge and skills can easily become outdated and irrelevant.

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The learning process doesn’t end once you graduate from college, and the term shouldn’t be mixed with education because education yields temporary results, while learning brings permanent improvements. We are capable of absorbing knowledge throughout our whole life and it is never too late to learn new things if you are determined and motivated.The problem about learning in this day and age is that things change extremely fast and world knowledge keeps growing exponentially. Something that we learned as little as 5 years ago may have changed drastically in the meantime, and our knowledge and skills can easily become outdated and irrelevant.

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