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Together for Learning – About

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There is a global learning crisis: millions of children aren’t developing the essential skills and knowledge they need to succeed. Conflict, the climate crisis, natural disasters and the impact resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic are threatening hard-won global gains in education. The impacts are especially severe for refugee, other forcibly displaced and host community children and youth, especially girls. These are the ones who are most at risk of being left behind.

Factors that marginalize people, such as displacement, create significant barriers to education:

We must act quickly. If we do not, many of these children risk never being able to access quality education and lifelong learning.

For Canada, this means education that is:

Key areas of work

The Together for Learning campaign includes the following 4 key areas of work where Canada is driving progress.

1. Programming excellence

Building on Canada’s leadership through the Charlevoix Education Initiative, Canada will continue to deliver programming to make sure all children and youth, especially girls, have access to quality education.

We aim to deepen our impact by:

Together, these efforts will deepen our impact for refugee, other forcibly displaced and host community children and youth.

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2. Diplomatic engagement

Canada continues to work with country partners, local governments, Canadian civil society, multilateral partners and other education stakeholders to drive forward policy dialogue and advocacy for the education of all children and youth, including refugee, other forcibly displaced and host community children and youth.

3. Amplifying local voices

Canada commits to listen and learn from the voices of refugees, other forcibly displaced and host community children and youth, parents, teachers and community leaders through the following main channels:

4. Building the evidence base

Canada works with Canadian and international data partners. We aim to solve the gap in gender-sensitive and disaggregated data and evidence relevant to the children and youth targeted by the campaign.

Alignment with Canada’s existing policies on education

The campaign:

Together for Learning Summit

On March 30 and 31, 2022, Canada hosted the Together for Learning Summit: Engaging Displaced Youth to Transform Education. Through interactive virtual sessions, participants had the opportunity to learn from the educational experiences of displaced youth, engaging with them as problem solvers and decision makers. Participants collaborated on solutions to promote quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for children and youth experiencing forced displacement as well as host community children and youth.

Key global stakeholder participated at the Together for Learning Summit including:

The Together for Learning Summit focused on 3 core themes:

The following documents were released as part of the Together for Learning Summit:

Recordings of the Together for Learning Summit (videos)

Meetings ahead of the Together for Learning Summit

Youth dialogues (December 2021 and January 2022)

In the lead-up to the Together for Learning Summit in March 2022, World University Service of Canada (WUSC) organized 4 regional dialogues. These dialogues brought together youth participants from the Middle East, East Africa, West Africa and Latin America.

Through their stories and experiences of forced migration, the participants contributed to the development of the Youth Manifesto. Together, government officials negotiated their response, outlining their commitments to education. These negotiations resulted in the release of Together with Youth, the Together for Learning Summit outcome document during the Summit.

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