“Voices of refugee youth: impact of post-primary refugee education” is an ongoing research study conducted in partnership between UNHCR and Jigsaw Consult. The research is funded through the Dubai Cares Evidence for Education in Emergencies (E-Cubed) funding window. This research study is linked to UNHCR’s Youth Education Programme, a multi-year programme that provides funding for the provision of post-primary education for refugees.
The purpose of the study is to make a significant contribution to the evidence base regarding post-primary refugee education. The research has four data points and tracks refugee youth in Pakistan and Rwanda across a two-year period. The participants are secondary school (Class 12) or higher education (final year bachelors) refugee students. A mixed-method approach is being applied and this includes a large multi-point survey as well as focus groups and key informant interviews. The research study began in November 2018 and completion is anticipated in late 2021.
The study is based on an innovative youth-centred methodological design. Teams of refugee youth researchers are trained in social science research methods to collect data as core contributors to the research study. Work is underway to secure an accredited qualification in social science research for the youth researchers from an international higher education institution. As far as we know, never before have refugee young people been engaged as core researchers within a large-scale refugee education research study in a low-income environment. We are excited to have the opportunity to undertake this important work - and are committed to ensuring that the results of the study are used to help shape effective programme and policy-level decision making. We will share more details here in the months ahead.