" Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit."

Article 26 (1) Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Objectives and Actions

The following initial actions set out the work related to education, which will be progressed in the first instance:

Outcome: Refugees and asylum seekers understand their rights, responsibilities and entitlements, and are able to exercise them to pursue full and independent lives.

Objective: what we want to achieve

Action: what we will do

Young refugees and asylum seekers (and their parents, carers and guardians) are aware of, and understand the options available to them, in terms of learning, education opportunities and funding support.

Continue to promote existing information on education entitlement and support to refugees and asylum seekers.

Identify funding support to access further and higher education, and promote those sources to young refugees and asylum seekers, and those working with them.

Explore and promote wider achievement and alternative pathways with the CLD, further and higher education sectors and other partners.

Outcome: Refugees and asylum seekers are able to access well-coordinated services, which recognise and meet their rights and needs.

Objective: what we want to achieve

Action: what we will do

All staff within education and learning settings are able to effectively communicate with refugees and asylum seekers.

Share examples of adapting or changing service communication to better meet the needs of refugees and asylum seekers, by identifying and promoting informal activity that helps to raise awareness of best practice when working with refugees and asylum seekers.

Identify and promote formal activity and training programmes that support frontline staff in public services to communicate with people, whose first language is not English.

Embed a range of activity into existing training programmes or professional development activity to ensure accurate information on education is shared.

Outcome: Policy, strategic planning and legislation, which have an impact on refugees and asylum seekers, are informed by their rights, needs and aspirations.

Objective: what we want to achieve

Action: what we will do

The recognition of qualifications enables refugees to progress on to further learning or into employment.

Support development of a model for a recognition and accreditation process to identify prior qualifications, skills and learning, and develop sector specific employment pathways.