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Refugee Adult Education: Improving Participation, Partnerships, and Program Design

This webinar was presented by Erica Bouris, Senior Technical Advisor, Economic Empowerment at the IRC.

Supporting adults in strengthening their skills – especially basic skills and those that can help them succeed in the workforce – is critical to refugee integration and lasting self-sufficiency. This webinar covers strategies to support refugees in accessing adult education programming. It will share best practices and field-based examples of how to engage existing adult education programs and collaborate on the development of new programming that meets the needs of diverse refugee populations.


By the end of this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Identify the main challenges to adult education access for refugees, with a special focus on women and refugees who are already in the workforce;
  • Identify client level strategies and organizational level strategies to address barriers to access for individuals participating in adult education programs;
  • Name three ways in which community-based organizations and adult education providers can work together to develop and deliver responsive, accessible, high-quality programming that supports adult learners in integration and self-sufficiency; and
  • Name new ideas for ways you can fund high quality adult education programming.


Navigate this webinar with the timestamps listed below:

0:00 – Introduction to Switchboard

2:10 – Introduction to Speakers and Webinar Objectives

5:13 – Barriers to Accessing Adult Education Programs

13:09 – Overcoming Barriers: Individual Strategies

22:12 – Overcoming Barriers: Organizational Strategies

38:20 – Refugee Service Provider and Adult Education Provider Collaboration

47:38 – Funding Innovative Adult Education Programs

52:19 – Recommended Resources

53:52 – Q&A