The 2019 Global Education Monitoring
(GEM) report was on Tuesday launched in Accra with a call on governments to
address the educational needs of migrants and displaced populations with the
same attention given to their citizens.
The report said the
requirements of birth certificates before access to education was a
discriminatory barrier, and should be prohibited in all national laws.
It stressed the
need for governments to protect migrants and refugees right to education
irrespective of their identification documents or residence and apply
favourable laws without exception.
The GEM report was
facilitated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation
(UNESCO) with funding from group of governments, multilateral agencies and
This year’s report
which assessed the world’s progress towards the attainment of the Sustainable
Development Goal (SDG) four was on the theme: ‘Migration, displacements and
education, building bridges not walls.’
The SDG four
entreats governments to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and
promote life-long learning opportunities for all.
Mrs Sheila Naah
-Boamah, Executive Secretary of the National Board for Professional and
Technician Examinations (NABPTEX), who launched the report on behalf of Dr Matthew
Opoku Prempeh, the Education Minister, observed that ignoring the education of
migrants squandered a great deal of human potential.
education in itself is not sufficient, the school environment needs to adapt to
and support specific needs of those on the move,” she said.
She suggested that
copies of the report be shared with other stakeholders in the education sector
to help to intensify national and international efforts to deliver quality
and refugees in the same school with host populations was according to her an
important starting point to building social cohesion.
Teye, Director, Centre for Migration Studies at the University of Ghana (UG)
who presented findings of the report said the GEM recommended that respecting
the right to education must go beyond legislation and administrative processes.
The report asked
governments and planning authorities to ensure that public schools were within
the reach of informal settlements and slums.
It stressed the
need for development partners to support governments of developing countries to
mobilise funds to design and implement programmes to meet the educational needs
of displaced populations and migrants.
report further called on countries with large immigrants and refugee inflows to
capture data on migrant populations in management information systems to plan
and budget accordingly.
It said the government
must also review education content and delivery, adapting curricula and
rethinking textbooks to reflect history and current diversity, stating that
education contents needed to bring to the fore migration’s contributions to wealth
Diallo, UNESCO’s representative to Ghana was positive that the report would
make the case for investing in the education of children left behind by
migrant’s parents following them as seasonal migrants.
He hoped that the
launch of the report would bring together development partners, students,
researchers, Civil Society Organisations, migrations experts and stakeholders
in education to discuss and pay attention to how education was shaping internal
and regional migration trends.
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