South Africa: Refugee and asylum seeking parents concerned about their children's access to education
23 February 2018

Refugee and asylum seeking parents from across Johannesburg attending a meeting organized by JRS South Africa to discuss about their children's access to education (Lekgotla Mosebi, JRS)
Many parents brought up the challenges they face with regard to their children's access to education and the treatment meted out by school management when applying for fees exemption, exposing thus yet another area of need for JRS advocacy.

Johannesburg, 13 February 2018 - JRS South Africa convened a meeting of parents from the refugee and asylum seeking community. The theme of the meeting was access to education. Sam Khosa and Sehorane Kuimi, respectively Education Coordinator and Project Director at JRS South Africa, facilitated the meeting. Over 100 refugees and asylum seekers from across Johannesburg attended the meeting. The purpose of the meeting was three-fold, namely, to inform the parents about their rights and responsibilities with regard to their children’s education, share information on this year’s education assistance and create an Action Committee.

The session on rights and responsibilities was the highlight of the day. Many parents brought up the challenges they face with regard to their children's access to education and the treatment meted out by school management when applying for  fees exemption, exposing thus yet another area of need for JRS advocacy.

JRS South Africa education program will this year focus on enhancing access to basic education for refugees and asylum seekers. This will include supporting families with school stationery, partial tuition fees, uniforms and transportation. In addition, JRS will be offering counseling for children who are victims of domestic abuse and those with behavioral problems.

Finally, the parents selected their representatives on the Action Committee. The committee consist of 13 parents from different areas of Johannesburg. This group will work with JRS to ensure children of refugees and asylum seekers have better access to education. They will also be involved in some of JRS decision making and provide feedback to JRS with regard to their children's education.

JRS is thankful for the enthusiasm of the participants and confident that their contribution will help JRS empower more families!

Arianne Leclerc
Intern, JRS South Africa







Press Contact Information
Mr. Tim Smith
tim.smith@jrs.net
+27 11 618 3404