The introduction describes the study's objectives as follows:
This study was commissioned by UNHCR’s Policy Development and Evaluation Service (PDES) in an attempt to chart a way forward for policy and programming in refugee education. It is not an evaluation of UNHCR’s education programmes but instead a general, global review that identifies common patterns and categories within the field of refugee education. It examines the central role of UNHCR in the provision of refugee education but situates refugee education historically, from World War II to the present, and within the global Education for All (EFA) movement and the burgeoning literature on education in conflict more broadly.
The report concludes that education for refugees is limited and uneven, particularly for girls and at secondary levels. Refugee education is generally of a very low quality, and as a result, many refugee children are learning very little in schools. The report also concludes that refugee education is not serving its protective function due to a lack of focus on learning.
For other education-related literature reviews, visit this section of the forced migration research guide.