Lewis Hamilton supports initiative to counteract ‘damaging effects of systemic injustice’

A recent report from the UNHCR has been backed by the seven-time World Champion.

Seven-time World Champion Sir Lewis Hamilton recovered brilliantly from his grid penalty at the Italian Grand Prix, crossing the finish line in fifth place despite having started P19.

The 37-year-old was forced into starting at the back of the grid following an engine change, potentially linked to his collision with Fernando Alonso at the Belgian Grand Prix, where his engine was returned to Brixworth for examination.

Hamilton has been busy both on an off-the-circuit, after recently announcing his support for getting all young refugees’ access to full quality education.

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) produced a report which showed that urgent international action is needed to support refugee students.

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In 2020-21, 68 percent of refugee children eligible for primary school enrolled into education, whereas only 37 percent of young refugees eligible for secondary school enrolled into a school.

There was better news in regard to refugees enrolling into higher education, with the number having increased to six percent, which, whilst being worryingly low, is much better than the mere one percent who enrolled a few years ago.

The recent figures give the UNHCR hope that they can reach their target of having 15 percent of eligible refugees in higher education by 2030, something Hamilton is profoundly backing.

The Mercedes driver is “proud to lend my voice” to getting more refugees into the education system, with the Brit not wanting them to be simply left and forgotten about.

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“Education doesn’t just widen people’s horizons and present them with opportunities they would otherwise never dream of getting,” said Hamilton in the UNHCR report’s Final Word.

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“It counteracts the damaging effects of systemic injustice.

“It’s not just about creating better life chances for young people, helping them to find their purpose and forge their own futures.

“It’s about the knock-on effects of that: greater diversity in positions of leadership and influence, in the world of work, in sport, culture, politics.”