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UNHCR PAKISTAN: No changes to Afghan refugee school textbooks

Press statement ISLAMABAD, Monday 22 January 2018 – The UN refugee agency said Monday that there have been no changes to the textbooks currently used in refugee schools in Pakistan. The education curriculum of Afghanistan is used in refugee schools in Pakistan. This helps prepare pupils for their reintegration into the schooling system in Afghanistan should they decide to return. Curricula from a refugee’s ...

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UNHCR organises exhibition to promote refugee artisans’ work

QUETTA, 24 December, 2017: The UN Refugee Agency organised a three-day exhibition to promote the products made by the refugee artisans under the Safe from the Start Project supported by UNIQLO, a Japanese clothing company. The exhibition was held at a local hotel in Quetta. Handmade products such as hand bags, mobile bags, cloths, cushions and table and door mats were displayed at the occasion. The exhibiti ...

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Pakistani university discusses migration and refugee issues

Press Release QUETTA 20 December: The International Center for Refugees and Migration Studies (ICRMS) hosted a two-day international conference on ‘Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion’ on 19 and 20 December at Balochistan University of Information Technology Engineering and Management Sciences (BUITEMS), Quetta. The International Center for Refugees and Migration Studies (ICRMS) was established at Ba ...

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Disability is not inability: Miraj Bibi’s determination to achieve her dreams

News story QUETTA, 11 December, 2017: Heading towards the ‘Safe from the Start’ centre with a hobbled walk, a 27-year-old Afghan refugee teacher is confident and indifferent to the bullies around. Miraj Bibi was born with a rounded back in Quetta, the north-western city which is the provincial capital of Balochistan, Pakistan. Her spine developed a twist that later affected her legs. Her family moved to Pak ...

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UNHCR transfers protection coordination to FATA Disaster Management Authority

The UN refugee agency has transferred protection coordination to the FATA Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) in Pakistan. UNHCR will continue to support FDMA by co-leading the protection cluster until early 2018. FDMA will now further strengthen coordination, information management and the provision of protection services, including the referral of displaced people and returnees requiring legal aid in FAT ...

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First ever refugee school in Punjab formally upgraded, affiliated with board

Press Release Nansen Refugee Award winner completed education project in Punjab KOT CHANDNA, MIANWALI, 26 October 2017 – Ms. Aqeela Asifi - the 2015 Nansen Refugee Award winner - has successfully completed her education project in Kot Chandna refugee village in Mianwali district in Punjab, benefiting over 200 female students. The government of Punjab has formally upgraded the Community Girls Model School No ...

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New representative for UNHCR in Pakistan arrives

Press Release ISLAMABAD - 20 October, 2017: The new representative for the UN refugee agency in Pakistan, Ms. Ruvendrini Menikdiwela, has arrived to take up her responsibilities. She succeeded Mr. Indrika Ratwatte - who has become UNHCR’s Regional Bureau Director for Asia and Pacific based in Geneva. Prior to taking up her assignment in Pakistan, Ms. Ruvendrini was UNHCR’s Representative in Thailand. Her ca ...

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From a child bride to a rights defender

News story QUETTA, 28 September, 2017: It is a fine evening. A group of Afghan women are enjoying traditional Afghan tea with Roghni (Afghan snacks) and white Afghan sweets. Everybody is happy as they gather to fix the date for an engagement ceremony. Amid the excitement, the mother of the 14-year-old, soon-to-be-bride, takes everyone by surprise when she raises her concerns about underage marriages. This w ...

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Breaking the status quo: A proud refugee father

News Story QUETTA, 31 August 2017: A father takes his daughter to a school where she is the only girl student amongst the boys as there is no school for girls in the village. He faces sarcastic remarks from many people in the community for being odd, but that does not shake his resolve. He strongly believes in a better and brighter future for girls and considers education as the basic right of every human b ...

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