Silvan Oberholzer (2020 Masters in Development Studies)
Education as Humanitarian Response:
Access to Compulsory Education for Venezuelan Migrant and Refugee Children in Barranquilla
Building on Education in Emergencies (EiE), Education as a Humanitarian Response (EHR), and the human rights-based approach to education, this dissertation analyzes the experiences, challenges, and opportunities concerning access to compulsory education for Venezuelan migrant and refugee children in Barranquilla. By shedding light on the educational humanitarian response in Barranquilla, it draws lessons on access to education for humanitarian responses in large-scale migration settings. The research applies grounded theory to analyze 35 semi-structured interviews with 44 individuals and observation conducted in Barranquilla. It identifies six challenges and four opportunities in Barranquilla, and four implications for humanitarian responses concerning access to education for migrant and refugee children. Thereby, this study contributes to a better understanding of factors that impact access to compulsory schooling with a special focus on the various coordination agencies (governmental institutions, humanitarian actors) and the institutional (public schools, incl. administration and teachers) as well as the individual level (migrants and refugees).
The full text will be available in the Global Migration paper Series
Silvan Oberholzer is currenty working as a research associate at the University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration Zurich (HWZ) where he conducts research on the intersection of business and society. This position allows him to follow his passion in conducting interdisciplinary research while focusing on the role of different actors in taking responsibility to achieve sustainable development. His international experience and education acquired at the Graduate Institute helped him see the big picture and especially take into account the most vulnerable persons in our society. He is also involved in assisting the teaching of research methods which allows him to share his passion for research with students.