For millions of student refugees, opportunity for higher education and a better life is only a dream. An estimated 15 million people are uprooted from their homes and forced to live in UNHCR refugee camps. It’s only supposed to be a temporary situation, but many end up living there for decades with limited access to mobility, work and education.
Providing refugees with the skills to rebuild their lives
WUSC has been dedicated to helping refugee students create a better life through education for over 30 years. Through the Student Refugee Program, young men and women are able to leave the camps and pursue post-secondary education in Canada.
According to a UNHCR study, refugee students who complete their post-secondary education become valuable, contributing members to society. Just one graduating student can create positive and lasting change for his or her family, community and home country.
What can you do?
There are many ways you can help WUSC continue our commitment to changing lives through education:
Organize an SRP fundraiser in your campus or community. Contact Manager of Fundraising, Kristin Downey for more information.
Spread the word
The next time your see your friends, family and coworkers – tell them about the SRP and what Canadians can do to help.
About Refugee Rights Day
From the Canadian Council of Refugees website: April 4th 2010 marks the 25th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1985 Singh decision. In this decision the Supreme Court found that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects the fundamental rights of refugees. The Court decided that ‘everyone’ includes refugee claimants in the sentence: ‘Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice.’ Find out more at the CCR website.