Educators are humanitarian heroes

In a world grappling with multiple refugee crises, the role of humanitarian educators has emerged as a beacon of hope. These dedicated individuals work tirelessly to provide education and support to refugee children, empowering them with knowledge and skills for a hopeful future. Through their unwavering commitment, they not only educate but also foster a sense of belonging and dignity for those who have been displaced.

Creating safe spaces

Humanitarian educators go beyond traditional teaching methods. They create safe and inclusive spaces for refugee children, where they can heal from the trauma of displacement.

Children at a new classroom built to support a school in the Wakil Abad village in Afghanistan. Wakil Abad is increasing its capacity as an upcoming village with a growing population of families. ©UNHCR/Oxygen Empire Media Production 

“My hope is that each one of them can be a committed member of the community, a leader in each of the processes that are carried out, (that) in the future they can also be professionals who can contribute to the development of this community and also of the school.”

Benilda Urbai Ipanua, school Rector for Wayúu youth in Maicao, Colombia

Promoting integration

By fostering understanding, empathy, and respect for diverse cultures, educators help break down barriers and build bridges between refugee children and their new surroundings. This integration not only benefits the children but also contributes to the overall social cohesion of the community.

Van Phool community school in session. ©Sahiba Chawdhary

Building a Brighter Future

Education is the key to a brighter future, and humanitarian educators understand this better than anyone else. By equipping refugee children with knowledge and skills, they empower them to overcome adversity and contribute positively to society. These educators instill hope, inspire dreams, and nurture the potential of the children they teach.

Educator in Idlib, Norther West Syria, where thousands of children have been displaced since the beginning of the war. ©Ali Haj Suleiman

Humanitarian educators are beacons of light in the lives of many children in displacement. Through their dedication and compassion, they provide a lifeline of education to those who need it the most. Their work not only transforms individual lives but also has a far-reaching impact on communities and societies. 

One World Humanitarian Day, and everyday, we thank educators for being humanitarian heroes!

Educators in action

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