Resolution on Children of Refugees and Asylum Seekers

published 28 July 1998 updated 31 March 2017

The Second World Congress of Education International, meeting in Washington D.C., U.S.A., from 25 to 29 July 1998:

1. Acknowledging the:

a. Universal Declaration of Human Rights b. Declaration of the Rights of the Child c. Convention on the Rights of the Child

2. Calls upon all nations to respect and implement the international conventions giving every child a right to education.

3. Children of refugees, asylum seekers or seekers of residence on humanitarian grounds are more vulnerable than other children. Education is a human right and a pre-requisite for participation in a modern society, but it is also a strategy for survival in crisis and a preparation for possible repatriation.

4. Education International’s member organisations will seek to influence their national governments to develop education policies and legal systems that ensure these children their rights without discrimination of any kind, irrespective of the child’s legal status in the country of residence, national, ethnic or social origin, or other status.