At “Education: The Global Compact”, a conference hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences from February 6-7, 2020, RSF trustee Hirokazu Yoshikawa presented on the topic “Refugees and Education.” The conference focused on the most important challenges facing education on a global scale. One challenge is that at least 262 million children and youth worldwide do not have access to primary and secondary education, impacting literacy rates. Another challenge is that schools in North America, Europe, Australia, and other countries are struggling to educate and accommodate growing numbers of immigrant and refugee students, who face marginalization on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, and language.
Yoshikawa conducts research on programs and policies related to early childhood development, and the effects of immigration and poverty on youth development. Read more here about his work on education and immigration. In October 2017, Yoshikawa gave another talk at a workshop co-hosted by UCLA and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, on “Global Solutions to Mitigating the Impact of Unauthorized and Refugee Migration on Youth”, about how the unauthorized status of refugee immigrants heightens the stress of displacement and impact on mental health for displaced immigrants.
Hirokazu Yoshikawa is currently the Courtney Sale Ross Professor of Globalization and Education at the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and a University Professor at NYU. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation during the academic year of 2008-2009, and is the author of the RSF books Immigrants Raising Citizens (2011) and Cradle to Kindergarten (2017).