Perspectives on Practice & Policy

Ensuring High Quality Primary Education for Children from Mobile Populations: A Desk Study

Quality education is an enabling right and an effective means through which other rights can be accessed. While significant global progress has been made towards enrolment in primary education, continuing problems with both access and quality disproportionately affect children from mobile populations. Children from these populations are often poorly visible in education policies – and in datasets that inform development policies in general.

Ensuring High Quality Primary Education for Children from Mobile Populations: A Desk Study
This study focuses on provision for primary school-aged children amongst communities of refugees and Internally Displaced People (IDPs), mobile pastoralists and seasonally migrating workers. For refugee and IDP children, policy, coordination and implementation challenges include: inconsistent ratification and enforcement of conventions and agreements protecting refugees and IDPs; the disproportionate impact of forced displacement on low and middle income countries (LMICs); the lack of a shared agenda among a wide range of stakeholders with differing mandates; and inadequate forced displacement terminology. Promising and emerging policy, coordination and implementation strategies include: expanding existing rights documents and agreements and building policy from the ground up; enshrining forcibly displaced people’s rights to education in national laws and policy; genuine engagement with affected communities; utilising the Education Cluster and other existing multi-stakeholder networks for knowledge sharing and collaboration; and collaborating across sectors to address the needs of the whole child. Financing challenges include: unpredictable and low funding for refugee and IDP education; weak capacity to absorb funds at the national and local level; an over-reliance on short-term financing mechanisms; donor dependence and a lack of funding sustainability; and inappropriate distribution of funds within education programming.
Publication Date: 
August 27, 2017