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Refugee Education Statistics: Issues and Recommendations – World

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Executive Summary

Refugee schooling has been, till not too long ago, a largely missed subject, and encompasses an unlimited
array of information producers, fragmented instruments and knowledge sources, together with non-standardized methods
of measuring and reporting schooling indicators for this significantly weak inhabitants. This
paper critiques the obtainable knowledge sources on refugee schooling that would contribute to SDG4
monitoring for refugees, overlaying entry, studying, safety and security. It examines a spread of
sources equivalent to UN registration and monitoring knowledge, family surveys, administrative surveys,
Education Management Information Systems (EMIS), different college-based mostly surveys, censuses,
worldwide studying assessments, nationwide examinations, and operational knowledge to know
the place knowledge lies throughout the info worth chain.

This overview highlights key challenges almost about:

• Identification of refugees, particularly utilizing proxies equivalent to nationality or native language.

• Absence of disaggregation by refugee standing in present knowledge sources which will cowl
refugees, equivalent to EMIS.

• Over-emphasis on knowledge on entry to schooling, particularly enrolment and attendance,
whereas excluding different measurement equivalent to retention, dropout, studying and security.

• Poor integration of refugee schooling knowledge into nationwide statistical frameworks.

In order to handle these challenges and enhance knowledge on refugee schooling, this paper suggests
that governments and organizations:

• Prioritize the protected identification of refugees in present knowledge assortment instruments, equivalent to EMIS,
utilizing distinctive IDs or nationality as proxy the place it’s not possible or politically delicate to
ask about refugee standing.

• Disaggregate knowledge on refugee schooling, not solely by refugee standing the place safety
dangers are low, but additionally by age, gender, incapacity, schooling attainment, pre-displacement
and socioeconomic standing.

• Optimize the added worth of enhanced identification and disaggregation to develop
protection on indicators past enrolment and attendance, to measuring dropout,
retention, studying and security measures. This could present a extra complete
evaluation on refugee kids’s studying and total improvement, whereas higher reflecting
the schooling wants and informing schooling responses for displaced populations.

• Coordinate and set requirements for refugee schooling knowledge assortment to keep away from duplication,
utilizing fashions such because the UNHCR-UNICEF Blueprint for Joint Action and the Inter-agency
Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) Data Reference Group for Education in
Emergencies (EiE), as fashions for higher knowledge-sharing and coordination.