Global: Education is a life-saving intervention for refugees

(Washington, D.C.) May 19, 2016 — In the new report Providing Hope, Investing in the Future: Education in Emergencies & Protracted Crises, Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) confirms that education is a life-saving intervention for children and adolescents who are forcibly displaced from their homes. In emergencies where many agencies provide basic humanitarian assistance, JRS is on the ground organizing educational and recreational activities to heal trauma, promote human dignity, and build skills.


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Praying with Refugees in Thailand: Accompaniment is the cornerstone of service

Mae Hong Son, Thailand, 29 February 2016- JRS International Director Fr Thomas H Smolich SJ visited Asia Pacific, the first office JRS opened, this past month. In his reflection he shares about how accompaniment is the cornerstone of the work of JRS.



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Thailand: Pastoral Accompaniment in the Year of Mercy

Mae Hong Son, 4 February 2016,  Fr. Dominic Sue Reh is a Chaplain in the camps near Mae Hong Son, Thailand. He provides pastoral accompaniment with Karenni refugees during times of sorrow by inviting them to have a personal relationship with God. He shares a reflection on the year of mercy in this article.


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Asia Pacific: JRS voices caution on Voluntary Repatriation of Myanmar refugees

Mae Hong Son, 18 December 2015- In the first week of December The Karenni Refugee Committee, UNHCR, Thailand's Ministry of Interior and World Education joined JRS staff as part of a 4-day workshop on Voluntary Repatriation hosted by JRS in Mae Hong Son, Thailand.



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Rome: Putting Mercy in Motion – JRS launches education campaign for refugee children and youth

Rome, 8 December 2015- As a concrete sign of commitment to the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) will launch the Mercy in Motion advocacy and fundraising campaign to expand and strengthen our education programmes. Our goal is to provide educational services to 100,000 more refugees than we currently do by the year 2020.



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Pope Francis welcomes JRS, supports global education initiative for refugee children and youth

(Rome) 16 November 2015 — In a private audience with 15 refugees and friends and staff of Jesuit Refugee Service to commemorate the 35th anniversary of JRS on Saturday, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of education for refugee children and youth as a means to build peace and foster the development of more resilient and cohesive societies.



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Myanmar- Education in transition

October 12, 2015- JRS Staff Member Irene Ho shares a reflection on her two years with JRS Myanmar about the benefits and challenges of being the Education Coordinator for JRS during a period of transition within the country. 


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Myanmar and Thailand: Is the border ready for repatriation?

Mae Hong Son, 21 August 2015- In an interview on July 20, 2015 with BBC NEWS current Senior General Min Aung Hlaing of Myanmar stated until there is a lasting peace agreement and a ceasefire among ethnic groups that the Military would not leave the political arena over security concerns. "It could be five years or 10 years - I couldn't say," he said.



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Thailand- Access to Education in rural villages and Bangkok
3 July 2015- Kyi Thar, a Burmese national who works with refugees as a case worker in Bangkok is filled with hopeful energy.
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Myanmar- Training the next generation of teachers
23 April 2015- The 2014-2015 JRS Myanmar Teacher Training Programme has begun to help shape Myanmar's youth.
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Thailand: Resettlement makes training teachers a challenge

Mae Hong Son, 18 December, 2010 -- With thousands of people resettled a year and new people arriving in the Mae Hong Son camps regularly, retaining and constantly training new staff are almost impossible tasks.

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Thailand: educating for generations

The challenge of providing education in Ban Mai Soi Camp

Mae Hong Son, 1 January 2011 – Mu Reh has an infectious smile. Finishing her post-secondary education in leadership training, she beams at the thought of someday becoming a community leader.


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Thailand: Making education for all a reality

“I will never go back to Kawthaung. There is no one to protect me and the soldiers treat us badly.” Kawthaung is the hometown of 12-year-old Nipa, a Burmese girl who has lived in Thailand, just across the border, ever since she can remember. Nipa’s parents are among thousands of migrants who eke out a living in Ranong, a town in southern Thailand, which is a notorious gateway for irregular migration.

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Thailand: education as a protective environment

How a school can be more than just a place of learning

In some ways vulnerability and the need for protection define the refugee experience. It is vulnerability and the need for protection that initially prompt people to seek refuge away from their homes. And, whatever the reason for fleeing, that need for protection typically continues after escape. By providing education to children, as well as adults, we help equip refugees with the tools needed to better protect themselves and others from the dangers intrinsic to vulnerable populations.


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Cambodia: Appropriate education not possible in closed centres

Monotony of daily life de-motivates students

Montagnards, ethnic Vietnamese, form the largest group of refugees in Cambodia. Unlike other refugees in the country, known as urban refugees, Montagnards are held in a number of closed sites guarded by police officers in the capital, Phnom Penh. The sites are practically detention centres as residents are only permitted to leave for medical reasons. This policy hinders the provision of education services to this group, and consequently negatively affects their mental health.


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