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Part IV: Pursuing Education



In Part 4 of Course Correction’s special series on refugees and forcibly displaced people, host Nelufar Hedayat talks to actor and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett about the importance of education for refugees.

Jennifer Roberts, a senior education officer with UNHCR, talks to host Nelufar Hedayat about the 10 million refugee children worldwide who lack access to education, what it takes to educate displaced people, and how some host countries are working to meet the challenge.

Next, Nelufar speaks with Saleema Rehman, an Afghan refugee who received her bachelor’s degree in medicine and surgery in Pakistan, where she is now a practicing gynecologist. Rehman talks about what it was like to attend school as a refugee and the pride she has now that she’s able to give back to her community.

Finally, Nelufar speaks with Academy Award-winning actor Cate Blanchett about her experiences as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador advocating for refugees. Blanchett explains that educating refugee children and young adults provides them with opportunities to be leaders in rebuilding their homelands while also benefiting their host countries.

Listener Challenge

During this season of Course Correction, we’re challenging you to reflect on different aspects of the refugee experience and share your thoughts with us. For today’s episode: While not all of us have experience as a refugee, many of us know what it’s like to attend a new school. What’s something that a teacher said or did that made you feel welcome and accepted? How did that change your perception of the school? What are some tactics that could make it easier for newcomers to integrate into schools?

Please share with us via FacebookInstagram, or Twitter, or tweet directly to our host, Nelufar Hedayat.

About Course Correction:  [video width="1920" height="1080" mp4="" poster=""][/video] The UN estimates that there are 84 million forcibly displaced people around the world, and nearly 27 million of those are considered refugees. These numbers are the highest they have ever been. For season three of Course Correction, Doha Debates is partnering with UNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency, to illuminate all aspects of the refugee experience. Over the course of six episodes, host Nelufar Hedayat will speak with refugees and other forcibly displaced persons and hear their stories—from the moment they leave their homes to their eventual resettlement or return, detailing arduous journeys that can sometimes last years or even decades. We’ll examine the challenges that stateless people face, the work being done to assist them, and the ways in which the global community can provide further support and solutions.  See All Episodes


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Part 6: Finding Acceptance

In Part 6 of Course Correction’s special series on refugees and forcibly displaced people, host Nelufar Hedayat talks to weightlifter, nurse, and refugee Cyrille Tchatchet about his journey.

Part V: The Path to Permanence

In Part 5 of Course Correction’s special series on refugees and forcibly displaced people, host Nelufar Hedayat talks to actor and U.N. goodwill ambassador Mahira Khan about the role host countries play in a refugee’s journey.

Part III: Healing the Mind

In Part 3 of Course Correction’s special series on refugees and forcibly displaced people, we look at the mental health risks that refugees around the world face and what it takes to heal these lesser visible threats.

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