How Can we Respond to the Challenge of Providing Refugees with Skills and Education Opportunities?

WISE 2015


Date: September 26, 2016

WISE is organizing a high-level panel discussion in Paris, on Monday, September 26, 2016, in partnership with the French education magazine L’Etudiant and under the patronage of UNESCO.

Governments around the world are scrambling to address the biggest refugee crisis since the end of the Second World War. In Europe alone, over one million individuals have requested entry since 2015. France is among the most prominent countries grappling with the challenge.

Education and skills development is key to helping displaced individuals of all ages to reconstruct their lives. Higher-skilled refugees can benefit the local economy. 

But the lack of public systems and policies to integrate refugees, coupled with limited resources and opportunities, put millions, especially children, at risk of becoming part of a ‘lost generation’. According to a new UNICEF report, 65 million children worldwide are on the move in search of a safer and better life. 

How can we leverage existing resources to better assimilate displaced learners in schools and universities? Should national curricula be adapted to better meet their cultural and educational needs? Can learners from host countries play a stronger role in helping these students? How can teachers be supported in developing skills for classroom management? 

These are some of the core questions that will be discussed and debated during a high-level panel entitled “Education et Réfugiés - Pourquoi est-il important d’ouvrir nos écoles et nos universités?” (Education and Displaced People: Why is it important to open our schools and universities to refugees?) in Paris on September 26, 2016. 

The event, organized in partnership with the French education magazine L’Etudiant, under the patronage of UNESCO, will be an opportunity to explore successful creative solutions that are transforming lives through education and skills development.

Welcome Address: 

Mr. Stavros Yiannouka,
Chief Executive Officer,
WISE, Qatar Foundation,

Mrs. Marie-Caroline Missir,
Director of Editing, L’Etudiant


Dr. Sakeena Yacoobi,
The Afghan Institute of Learning College
Mr. Daniel Janicot,
President of the French Commission,
Ms. Barbara Schack,
Director of Development, 
Libraries Without Borders
Mr. Jean-Michel Blanquer,
General Director,
Ms. Laetitia Basselier,
President and Founding Member,

Ms. Florence Robine,
General Director,