Today, there are 16.1 million refugees under UNHCR’s mandate, of which more than half are children. Education is crucial to helping refugee children thrive and build brighter futures for themselves and their communities. Yet, globally only half of all refugee children have access to primary education, and only 22 percent go to secondary school. This is why H&M Foundation and UNHCR have joined forces in a project supporting refugee children with the school supplies they need to attend school.
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“H&M Foundation wants to contribute to positive change for refugees, and we do this by supporting UNHCR efforts in many countries. By also supporting the arrangement of the world's first TEDx in a refugee camp, we wanted to be involved in raising perspectives and stories from people with their own experience of living in exile. It is crucial to prevent prejudice and contribute to important knowledge — something that is needed more than ever.”
Diana Amini, H&M Foundation
The idea with the TEDxKakumaCamp was to help change the general perception of refugees and to promote their enormous potential. The talks revolved around innovation, education and transformation, offering a thought-provoking lens on the lives of refugees and telling extraordinary stories of resilience, contribution and creativity.
TEDxKakumaCamp featured local and international speakers exploring the theme Thrive. One of the speakers was athlete Pur Biel, who grew up in Kakuma and made a historic start in the 2016 Summer Olympics when he participated in the first Refugee Team ever. He stated: “I can show to my fellow refugees that they have a chance and a hope in life. Through education but also running, you can change the world”.
Read more about the event here.