In 2012 alone, 28.8 million people, more people than ever recorded before, were displaced by armed conflict, violence and human rights violations, according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) in Geneva.
After the immediate need for food, water and shelter is met, refugees' top concern is ensuring their children and youth can go to school. Education is the key to building a future. Education means hope.
Helping Refugee Students Succeed
WUSC has helped over 1300 refugees continue on to post-secondary education at colleges and universities in Canada and has helped them start a new promising life in Canada through the unique youth-supported Student Refugee Program that WUSC started in 1978.
WUSC is working to help girls in refugee camps stay in school by addressing the social and cultural barriers that keep them from completing primary school and continuing to secondary. WUSC is especially active in the world’s largest refugee camps located in Kenya where hundreds of thousands of Somalis and South Sudanese have fled. WUSC recently started the major Kenya Equity in Education Project (KEEP) which will improve education for nearly 50,000 girls during the next 3 years.
Take Action Now
Whether it takes one minute, one hour, or one day – you can do something right now to raise awareness about important refugee issues.
- Tweet and Retweet messages about World Refugee Day (#WorldRefugeeDay #Refugees)
- Add WUSC’s WRD banner and profile picture onto your Facebook page
- Visit UNHCR’s website and ask “What would you do?”
- Speak to a friend, family member, neighbour or co-worker about the Student Refugee Program or a refugee cause close to your heart
- Volunteer at a local organization helping refugees in your community
- Donate to WUSC’s Shine-a-Light for refugee girls education or to the Student Refugee Program
- Find inspiration in the courage and resilience shown by most refugees as they make the best of a hard situation and try to build new lives. Motivate yourself to make the world better.
Join WUSC on World Refugee Day
WUSC will be taking part in World Refugee Day activities at Yonge and Dundas Square in Toronto on June 20th 2013.
The World Refugee Day Organizing Committee has planned an afternoon concert and poetry competition free for all who want to come out and support. Drop by anytime between 12pm-3pm and check out WUSC’s official tent in the square.
There are other important WRD events happening in cities across Canada. You can check them out here.