Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center
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The Urban Refugee Education Roundtable brought together nearly 100 diverse actors from the United Nations, non-governmental organizations, universities, donor agencies, and other interested stakeholders, both to critically reflect on what we know and don’t know about urban refugee education and to help shape a collaborative agenda for research, policy, and practice.
Keynote addresses by US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken and USAID’s Associate Administrator Eric Postel. For recordings of these addresses, please refer to the links in the agenda below.
Featured expert address by Ita Sheehy, Senior Education Advisor, UNHCR
This interactive event provided a forum for presenters and participants alike to share the opportunities and challenges that arise while working with refugees in urban spaces as well as their ideas for improving the ways in which we support urban refugee education in the future.
|8:30 am – 9:00 am||Arrival and Registration (coffee/tea, light breakfast)|
|9:00 am – 9:30 am||Welcome||, USAID ECCN , Teachers College, Columbia University|
|9:30 am – 10:00 am||Featured Expert: Taking Stock: What Do We Know And Not Know About Refugees in Urban Areas?
Brief Q&A with audience
|, Senior Education Advisor, UNHCR|
|10:00 am – 10:30 am||USAID and State Department Perspectives on Supporting Refugee Education in Urban Contexts||Challenges and Opportunities in Urban Refugee Education
Eric G. Postel, Associate Administrator, USAID
Antony J. Blinken, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State
|10:30 am – 10:45 am||Coffee Break|
|10:45 am – 12:15 pm||Urban Refugee Education: Strengthening Policies and Practices for Access, Quality and Inclusion
The study was funded by the U.S. State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration
, , (with support from Peter Bjorklund, Jihae Cha, Dominique Spencer), Teachers College, Columbia University
Educating Syrian Refugees in Lebanon (blog post)
Teachers’ College Presentation (PDF presentation)
Discussant: Elizabeth Ferris, Research Professor at Georgetown University and Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution
|12:15 pm – 1:15 pm||Lunch|
|1:15 pm – 2:45 pm||Lightning Presentations and Small Group Discussions
Policies and Programs for Urban Refugee Education: Highlights from Afghanistan, Colombia, Iran, Jordan, Kenya, Somalia, and Syria
, Assistant Education Officer, UNHCR Kenya
Margaret Njayakio’s presentation (PDF presentation)
NRC Urban Education Desk Review (PDF report)
NRC Urban Education Responses Presentation (PDF presentation)
|2:45 pm – 3:00 pm||Break|
|3:00 pm – 4:30 pm||Teachers and Learners’ Perspectives on Education and Migration||
, and , Harvard University
Inside Syrian Refugee Schools (blog series)
Refugee education in countries of first asylum (research article)
|4:30 pm – 5:30 pm||Closing session: Shaping an Agenda for Research, Policy and Practice||Dean Brooks, Director, Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies, INEE|
|5:45 pm – 7:15 pm||Social Hour / Networking Event (by invitation only)|