Let’s Talk: Refugees. Is education the solution?

© Najeeb Azad
  • Date: 28 November 2018
  • Time: 17:30
  • Where: (Germany)

Language: English

UNESCO has just published its 2019 Global Education Monitoring Report, entitled “Migration, displacement and education”. This resonates closely with the theme of the second Hamburg Education Talk at the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, Let’s Talk: Refugees. Is education the solution?, on Wednesday, 28 November, from 17:30 to 20:00. The series of talks aims to stimulate dialogue on current educational topics.

The interactive panel discussion will shed light on the competences, skills and values refugees must acquire for successful social and labour market integration in Hamburg, in Germany and elsewhere in Europe, and will consider the role education plays in integrating refugees in their host societies. It will also reflect on how to better prepare people through lifelong learning to live in an increasingly multicultural society. The event will examine opportunities for and obstacles to developing an inclusive education and training system that supports integrating refugees and providies them with prospects for the future. 

A photo exhibition entitled Hope in Despair, which documents life in Afghanistan, with a particular focus on education, gender and peacebuilding, will accompany the event. The photographer and education activist, Najeeb Azad, who was born in Afghanistan and lived as a refugee in Pakistan during his early childhood, will provide an overview of his work and share his perspectives in the subsequent panel discussion.

The international panel, which includes expert perspectives as well as refugees’ views on the topic, will include:

  • David Atchoarena, Director, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning
  • Birgit Kruse, Head of Division, Transition Management and Vocational Qualification, Hamburg Institute for Vocational Education and Training;
  • Najeeb Azad, Photographer of Hope in Despair;
  • Sophie Mirow, Project Manager at Social Impact (Start Hope@Home) in Hamburg, an entrepreneurial mentoring programme for refugees.
  • Abdulla Atayee and Nina Reiprich from NEW HAMBURG, a cultural arts project that aims to establish contact between local people and refugees and which is run by the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, the evang.-luth. Kirchenkreises Hamburg-Ost and the Kirchengemeinde at the Veddel.

This event is part of a series of “Hamburg Education Talks” organized by the UNESCO Institute of Lifelong Learning.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to our premises, the Ballin-Villa, (Feldbrunnenstraße 58, Hamburg).

We would appreciate pre-registration (uil-lib@unesco.org) to the event.

  • Language of event: English

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