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Global Launch of the 2019 GEM Report on Migration, Displacement, and Education


The worldwide presentation of UNESCO’s 2019 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report took place in Berlin, Germany on 20 November 2018. The launch was co-hosted by the German Federal Foreign Office, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the German Commission for UNESCO.

L to R: UNESCO-UNEVOC Head of Office, Shyamal Majumdar, UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, and Head of the Cultural and Communications Department – Federal Foreign Office, Andreas Görgen ©UNESCO

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and UNESCO’s Director General Audrey Azoulay made introductory remarks, followed by a presentation by the GEM Report Director of the key findings and policy recommendations outlined in the report, and a keynote address by the UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Mr. Volker Türk. UNESCO-UNEVOC’s representative at the launch was Mr. Shyamal Majumdar, Head of Office.

There were simultaneous launches at events across five continents: i.e. Europe – Germany and the United Kingdom, Africa – Kenya, Asia – Thailand and India, Latin America - Panama, and North America – United States, to attract a worldwide audience to the release of the publication.

This third report in the GEM Report series continues its assessment of progress towards the Sustainable Development Goal on education (SDG4) and its 10 targets, as well as other education-related targets in the SDG agenda. The theme of the 2019 Report is the relationship between migration, displacement and education. It presents evidence on the scale and characteristics of different types of migration and displacement and their effects on education. In addition, it presents evidence on the gaps in educational opportunities and outcomes between immigrant and displaced students and their peers in host communities. The report shows that progress is insufficient in providing an inclusive education for migrants, refugees or other displaced people and recommends a number of actions, including ensuring the integration of migrants and refugees into national education systems; addressing migration and flight in the classroom in order to reduce prejudices; and understanding and planning the educational needs of migrants and refugees.

More information on the GEM Report and the global launch campaign can be found here:

2019 GEM Report

2019 GEM Global Launch




page date 2018-12-12

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