Increasing access to quality higher education for refugee and displaced youth
WUSC, in collaboration with Carleton University and York University’s Centre for Refugee Studies, will be convening representatives from Canadian post-secondary institutions and other stakeholders to explore how to increase access to higher education and employment for refugee and displaced youth, using technology and innovative blended methodologies.
With only 1% of refugee and displaced youth enrolled at university or college, there is a critical need to increase access to quality post-secondary education. In addition to providing hope for a better future for refugee youth, post-secondary education greatly enhances opportunities for a higher quality of life, successful integration and meaningful employment for refugee and displaced youth. These skills and capacities are relevant whether youth are repatriated back home, integrate into their host communities or resettle into third countries.
Digital and blended education methodologies and technologies show great promise to reach large numbers of youth, potentially at low cost. As these offerings become more available, a growing body of enquiry and evidence on the uptake and effectiveness of different aspects of such initiatives is emerging. With this, there is a growing understanding of gaps and challenges that must be addressed for there to be an important scaling up and sustaining of such initiatives.
Date: Monday, November 6, 2017