COVID-19 and education in Kenya: how youth want leaders to support girls’ education

On March 15, 2020, the Government of Kenya closed schools nationwide in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. As a result, millions of children’s education has been severely disrupted, leaving significant gaps in learning. For girls, in particular, being out of school for such a long period of time also increased their vulnerability to sexual and…

Vocational training opens new opportunities to help Iraq rebuild

Sultan Jaber can tell you a lot about hope. An Iraqi born in Kuwait, Sultan moved to the Basra Province of Iraq in 1991, which you will remember, was a time of war and massive upheaval. He returned, as he says, “to my roots” with hope and a determination to help Iraq rebuild. Today, after…

Cash for resilience: How WUSC is using cash transfers to support girls education during the COVID-19 pandemic

Increasingly, education systems are challenged to deliver education services in adverse contexts such as natural disasters, political crises, health epidemics, pervasive violence, and armed conflict. The year 2020 was no exception, as health systems around the world struggled to cope with the lasting impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. In Kenya, the first COVID-19 case was…

Time to Act: How to be an Ally to Young Refugees

Roundtable Report Highlights (read full report here). Spanish and Arabic to follow. It is essential to include those who will be impacted (“nothing about us without us”) in developing policies and programs that affect them. Refugees have for too long been left out of processes and decisions that impact their lives and communities. This is…

Reflections from young refugee leaders: Key takeaways from our global discussion on refugee leadership

On November 17, WUSC co-hosted an exciting Roundtable Discussion: State of Play on Refugee Leadership: Young Refugee Leaders in Conversation with Allies. The global virtual event, organized with the Global Refugee Youth Network (GRYN), brought young refugee leaders from around the world, together with international practitioners, including representatives of governments, NGOs, multilateral organizations, academia, and…
Celebrate international volunteering day on Thursday, December 9, 2021. Register today!

Global Resiliency & Volunteerism – A Celebration

To celebrate International Volunteer Day, Canadians around the world will be invited to contribute to the dialogue on the impact of international volunteers. This double virtual event will take place on December 9th and draw attention to important issues that affect the most vulnerable. The core group of 13 volunteer cooperation organizations will come together…

Preventing gender-based violence through innovative approaches in the context of COVID-19

Gender-based violence (GBV) affects nearly 1 in 3 women globally in their lifetime. While both men and women experience GBV to varying degrees, women are disproportionately affected, which both reflects and reinforces deeply rooted inequalities and discriminatory norms and beliefs. In addition, certain groups including girls and women from poor, rural or Indigenous communities; refugees…
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International volunteer departures have resumed!

Canada lifted its general non-essential travel restriction on October 21, 2021. WUSC is now in a position to resume international departures.

Empowering refugee leaders: Five exciting ways that WUSC is promoting refugee leadership

Since 2016, there has been a growing recognition of the importance of refugee representation in policies and decisions that impact the lives of refugees around the world. The increasing participation and engagement of young refugees in decision-making processes is a positive step towards a better refugee response. Refugee leaders and refugee-led organizations (RLOs) around the…

Roundtable : State of Play on Refugee Leadership: Young Refugee Leaders in Conversation with Allies

Event Description WUSC and the Global Refugee Youth Network (GRYN) are pleased to invite you to our virtual Roundtable Discussion, State of Play on Refugee Leadership: Young Refugee Leaders in Conversation with Allies. The virtual event will take stock of the state of refugee youth leadership globally and explore key trends, existing partnerships, best practices…

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