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20 Nov 2023
16:30 - 18:00 CET
Online - A2, Maison de la Paix, Geneva Switzerland

Policy Insights Launch - Refugee Teachers: The Heart of the Global Refugee Response


Wednesday 13 December 2023

16:30 to 18:00 CET

In-person: Auditorium A2, Maison de la Paix, Geneva

Online: Webex

Side event to the Global Refugee Forum

Policy Insights Launch – Refugee Teachers: The Heart of the Global Refugee Response

Refugee teachers and teachers of refugees play a vital role in providing education to refugee children and youth and by contributing in myriad ways to refugee communities. In many contexts, refugee teachers are at the heart of humanitarian response efforts. And yet, refugee teachers are all but invisible in global and national refugee and education policies, strategies, and frameworks. In addition, they face significant challenges in terms of recruitment, recognition, compensation, and professional development, which in turn contributes to high rates of attrition within this vital workforce.

In recognition of these facts, NORRAG has brought together 48 authors from academia, humanitarian agencies, and think tanks to produce 27 papers that showcase current evidence and offer policy directions to prioritise and protect the work and well being of refugee teachers everywhere. For the launch of this publication, a panel of selected authors from various refugee-hosting contexts and institutions will discuss the importance of this publication and their vision for improved refugee teacher policy and practice. 

Interpretation in Spanish will be available online. 


  • Welcoming and moderation: Moira Faul, Executive Director, NORRAG
  • Opening: Martina Ramming, Sector Policy Advisor Education at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
  • Janaina Hirata, GADRRRES – How Colombia’s Complex Crises Bring more Challenges to Teachers’ Well-being
    • With Hugo Ediberto Florido Mosquera, Director, Colegio Distrital República Bolivariana de Venezuela.
  • Francis Bizoza Bigirimana, Teacher Educator, Uganda – Strengthening Teacher Professional Development in Refugee Contexts in Uganda: Enhancing Inclusion and Well-being
    • With Felecian Habomugisha, Teacher (Burundi), Nakivale Settlement, Uganda
  • Katja Hinz, UNESCO IIEP and Helen West, EDT, – Paving the Way for Inclusive Teacher Professional Development in Refugee Contexts
  • Rebecca Telford, Chief of Education, UNHCR – In National Inclusion Efforts: Don’t Forget Refugee Teachers
  • Carlos Vargas Tamez, Chief of Secretariat, UNESCO International Teacher Taskforce for Education 2030. – A Shortage of Teachers or a Shortage of Care?
  • Sonia Grigt, Education International, – The Value of Teachers’ Voices.
  • Discussant : Farida Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education – Do Refugees’ Right to Education Extend to Refugee Teachers?
  • Launch: Judith Herbertson, Head of Girls’ Education, FCDO
  • Closing : Chris Henderson, Education in Emergencies Specialist, NORRAG – Refugee Teachers: The Heart of the Global Refugee Response

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