Marie worked as an Education Advisor for the German Development Cooperation (GIZ), providing technical and policy advice on issues of basic education and digital learning as well as design, evaluation and technical backstopping to education programmes in Latin America and Africa.
Marie was born in Germany and holds a master’s degree in international cooperation and development from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain as well as a joint master’s degree in Educational Sciences and Latin American Studies from Freie Universität Berlin. She also holds a certificate on Educational Media from Universität Duisburg-Essen.
UNHCR Learn Lab
Education is a key driver of sustainable development, and a core component of UNHCR’s mandate to protect displaced people worldwide. The agency’s education strategy highlights the importance of learning outcomes and making lifelong learning accessible for all, from early childhood education to primary, secondary, higher and adult education.
Access to higher education is one of the priorities, and needs to be considered within the continuum of the education cycle supported by UNHCR. Given the large numbers of refugee students seeking tertiary education opportunities, their lack of resources, the insufficient opportunities for tertiary education in-country, the geographic isolation of camp-based refugees and their sometimes restricted mobility, greater use is made of distance and virtual learning. Known as “connected learning” such initiatives connect refugees and marginalized populations to accredited academic institutions and mentors, thereby meeting the need of displaced populations to create and sustain meaningful, reliable and protective spaces for themselves and their families.
UNHCR Learn Lab together with partners is exploring these innovative approaches and more than 3,500 students have already benefitted from connected learning programmes.