March 31, 2022 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada
Through meaningful engagement and by working together, youth leaders, government officials, members of civil society organizations and global education stakeholders can drive progress in global, national and local responses to refugee education.
The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, hosted Canada’s Together for Learning Summit: Engaging Displaced Youth to Transform Education, from March 30 to 31, 2022. This virtual summit, which was open to the public, provided the approximately 600 registered participants with a unique opportunity to learn from the experiences of displaced youth and to collaborate on solutions with key stakeholders in the education sector.
Young people from around the world led discussions with over 60 representatives from ministries of education, ministries of development and non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations on how to advance safe, equitable, inclusive and quality education, gender equality, and technology and innovation for displaced children and youth.
The youth released a manifesto that included a call to action for governments, civil society, multilateral organizations and the private sector. In addition, a summit outcome document was developed through consultations with participating governments to respond to the manifesto. The document outlines concrete actions to advance education for the most marginalized children and youth and shared commitments to ensure the meaningful participation of youth in global efforts to address the impacts of conflict and crises on children and youth.
Canada is committed to taking the actions from the summit forward to the United Nations’ secretary-general’s Transforming Education Summit in September 2022 and to the Global Refugee Forum in December 2023. The outcomes of the Together for Learning Summit will also inform Canada’s priorities in the education sector for international development and next steps for the Together for Learning campaign.
“Education is the foundation for the future not just for every young person, but for all of us. This summit has shown that there are solutions we can work on right now to make our shared vision of leaving no one behind a reality. All of us—members of civil society, officials in ministries of education, young people and educators—have a part to play in ensuring that every child, everywhere has access to safe, quality, inclusive and equitable education.”
– Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada
- During the summit, Minister Sajjan announced $67.2 million in funding for development assistance to support education for children and youth experiencing forced displacement around the world.
- Canada hosted the summit in collaboration with the Together for Learning campaign’s Refugee Education Council and the Canadian International Education Policy Working Group. Canada also received support from World Vision Canada, the World University Service of Canada and the World Refugee and Migration Council.
- The summit is part of the 3-year international Together for Learning campaign, which Canada launched in February 2021 to promote greater access to safe, equitable, inclusive and quality education for the world’s most marginalized children and youth.