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Right Where We Belong

How Refugee Teachers and Students Are Changing the Future of Education

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$35.00 • £30.95 • €31.95

ISBN 9780674267992

Publication Date: 04/05/2022


272 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

3 maps


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Despite the progress made in the past years, I see every day how refugee children are at a grave disadvantage when it comes to education. Through decades of careful research, Dryden-Peterson shows us why education for refugees matters, both now and for their futures, and what we can do about it.—Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

This magisterial volume lifts the voices of refugees around the world to advance the future of learning in an age of crisis and displacement. Based on decades of research, Dryden-Peterson highlights the ways that governments, civil society, scholars, and global agencies alike can learn from refugee communities to build more inclusive and humane education systems.—Hirokazu Yoshikawa, New York University

‘What do you need the most?’ I often ask refugees in war zones. ‘Better food, water, or health care?’ ‘Give us education for our children,’ they answer. Dryden-Peterson’s excellent and must-read book tell us why parents and grandparents prioritize schools above all else: Education is hope.—Jan Egeland, Secretary General, Norwegian Refugee Council and Former Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, United Nations

How can the refugee learn what she needs to stay, to migrate, or to return to her homeland? In Dryden-Peterson’s Right Where We Belong, the need for and definition of refugee education is made more meaningful and urgent through her telling of important human stories—of struggle, witness, and growth.—Min Jin Lee, author of Free Food for Millionaires and Pachinko

I went to school during a war. Now I train teachers of refugees. This well-researched, inspiring book is a must-read for all teachers and policymakers, as we create ways to support our students to learn and have hope, even in the most challenging situations.—Suha Tutunji, Director of Refugee Education, Jusoor, Lebanon

A rare book of immense depth, wisdom, and beauty. Millions of children are growing up amid the grave crises of our times: war and terror, unchecked climate change, and malignant kleptocratic states. Dryden-Peterson tells their story with empathy and heart but also with a keen eye for the details that point to the greater truths of refugee lives in cities and camps, in schools, and at homes around the world. This is the book for our times: urgent, brilliant, indispensable.—Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco, Chancellor, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Right Where We Belong is a rich painting of the human stories of refugees woven together with the factual context needed to understand, and feel, their world. Few authors could maintain the intellectual rigor necessary to tackle a topic of such emotional concern while also being fair to the international actors we urgently need to act. If you want to understand how to vividly describe complex social science research with humanity, read this book. If you want a master class on using cross-disciplinary methods of analysis for multifaceted problems, read this book. And, most critically, if you want to feel these young people’s yearning for a better future and understand the barriers to reaching that future, read this book.—Benjamin Piper, Senior Director of Africa Education for RTI International

Pertinent and urgent. It makes a compelling case for rethinking refugee education in ways that foster belonging for refugees and reinforce the duties and commitments of states, organizations, communities, and individuals toward them.—Zachary Agele Lomo, St. Augustine International University, Uganda

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