About this website/Getting involved


…Don’t ask the trees for their names
Don’t ask the valleys who their mother is
From my forehead bursts the sward of light
And from my hand springs the water of the river
All the hearts of the people are my identity…

Mahmoud Darwish, ‘Passport’

‘Educating without borders’ brings together information and discussion about education projects, especially higher education projects, developed with, for, and by refugees.

The website was set up in the context of the 2015 refugee crisis in Europe, and particularly the new spaces of informal refugee camps in Calais and many other places. However, it has broader interests in refugee education, welfare and rights generally.

UEL and refugee education

Mapping UEL and other HE provision for refugees

These pages were first set up to represent the work of Calais ‘Jungle’ residents and a group of people working with them, from the University of East London. Its remit now includes educators and students with interests in refugee higher education. The UEL team and friends are presently working on refugee higher education issues in the UK, as well as outside it.

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We are committed to education as a human right and as a fundamental part of life; to education as a process involving curiosity, dialogue, awareness-building and action, for both students and educators; and to solidarity between educators and students in all their varying contexts.

We hope that you will find this site interesting and useful; there are contacts associated with many of the pages to help you get involved.

Thank you! The UEL ‘Educating without borders’ team

Molly Andrews, JJ Bola, Chila Burman, Giorgia Dona,Hayley Edwardson, Cigdem Esin, Marie Godin, Crispin Hughes, Natalie Ludvigsen, Tim Hall, Katrine Moeller Hansen,  Jamilson Lemos, Aura Lounasmaa, Marie Godin, Gideon Mendel, Ann Phoenix, Helen Powell, Samina Rana, Hanna Rasmussen, Olivia Sagan, Anneke Sools, Corinne Squire,  Valentina Vitali, Philippa Warner, Tahir Zaman

European refugee higher education opportunities: Higher education for refugees in Europe:  Some information.

If you have comments or questions about our project, please email: Educatingwithoutborders@gmail.com

Getting involved

If you have questions about the other projects we feature here, please contact them via the links that we provide on other pages.

If you are more generally interested in other UK refugee education initiatives, please see our  Other resources page

If you are interested in what happened at the Calais camp, please take a look at  Calaid-ipedia

If you are interested in helping with the rfugee crisis in Europe more generally, this Independent article lists many places to start:

Independent, ‘Five practical ways to help refugees’Help Refugees offers a particularly good jumping-off point:  Help Refugees

If you have wider interests in refugee issues, international NGOs such as  UNHCR  Save The Children , and the  International Federation of the Red Crescent and the Red Cross offer good starting points.


Pictures courtesy of Katrine Moeller Hansen/Corinne Squire/UEL.