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Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



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Tomoe Kanaya

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Millions of refugee students globally are unable to access quality education because they are stuck amidst armed conflict, geo-political issues, protracted exile, and bureaucratic asylum systems. This paper takes a comprehensive look at refugee education and the socio-political factors that influence it. It aims to shed light on how the transnational and holistic needs of refugee children are currently not being met. Additionally, it explores the shift in pedagogy and policies that is required to serve refugee communities. National education systems in developing countries grant access to but struggle with the provision of quality education, despite their crucial role in refugees’ identity formation. The role that education plays in the lives of refugee populations is unique and rooted in transnational, uncertain futures. The psychological impacts of trauma on children and their educational and developmental trajectories are also discussed. This paper explores how under-resourced and overstretched national education systems can best serve refugee students. This paper hopes to reimagine what quality refugee education in developing countries can look like.

Keywords: refugee education, transnational education, psychological impact, developing countries

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.