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Jesuit Refugee Service (jrsusa.org) and Jesuit Commons Higher Education at the Margins (jc-hem.org) have teamed up again to open a new program at Djabal refugee camp, outside of Goz Beida, Chad. The camp is home to refugees from the Darfur region of neighboring Sudan.

Children typically make up one half of most refugee populations, and are among the most vulnerable people in any situation of displacement. As a result of war casualties and the chaotic circumstances of flight, many refugee children are orphaned or separated from their parents and find themselves in precarious situations. JRS/USA advocates for a better and quicker response to the needs of vulnerable refugee minors, including immediate protection, best interest screening for separated children, and durable solutions including family reunification and resettlement, as appropriate. In 2014, JRS enabled approximately 142,000 children, young people and adults to receive primary, secondary, tertiary and vocational education services. JRS places the highest priority on ensuring a better future for refugees by investing heavily in education and training.

Access to schools and quality education is an urgent priority for all refugee children and youth. Education is the key to a better the future for refugees whatever form that future might take. Importantly, education provides a sense of stability, dignity and hope for the future both for refugee children and for their families. It has important ramifications for mental health and for social cohesion of the refugee community. For these reasons JRS/USA advocates for the fundamental right to emergency and long term educational opportunities for refugee children and youth and calls for better access to schooling at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels for refugee children and youth.

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