Teaching About Migrants and Refugees of West African Countries: UNESCO’s Experience and Recommendations for Educationists and Educators

  • Akemi Yonemura


West Africa is the region with the largest migrant stock in Africa, as well as the highest number of intraregional migrants. The objective of this chapter is to reflect on the context that led to the rapidly growing migration trend, potential social problems associated with the migration, the role of education, particularly civic education in responding to the migrant and refugee “problem,” and to explore ways to assess the effectiveness of civic education activities for West African countries. It describes activities implemented under UNESCO’s Global Citizenship Education (GCED) program and some good practices of other institutions in promoting better integration of migrants and refugees in host communities, with a view to promoting the enduring locally developed solutions. A quick literature review on migration, refugees, security, and education shows that some countries in West Africa have already integrated civic education into their policies, curricula, and teaching practices, but further efforts are needed in reaching out-of-school populations, advocacy and expansion of good practices, and the assessment of the impact of these interventions.


Refugees Migration West Africa Civic education Violent extremism 


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  • Akemi Yonemura
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  1. 1.DakarSenegal

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