Jesuit Refugee Service Singapore

Accompany. Serve. Advocate.

JRS Presence at Global Refugee Forum Advances Advocacy for Refugee Education and Protection

JRS presence at the UN Global Refugee Forum 2023 in Geneva, Switzerland, from 13 to 15 December included a delegation composed by Br. Michael Schöpf SJ, JRS International Director, Christine Bloch, JRS Geneva Representative, Angelo Pittaluga, JRS Global Head of Advoacy, Jill Drzewiecki, JRS Gender Responsive Education Specialist and Angie Torres, a young Colombian refugee living in Ecuador since 2016. Joining the official delegation, Hiba Salem, Pedro Arrupe Research Fellow in Oxford, also attended the first part of the GRF at the education campus.

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Our participation at the GRF has provided a global opportunity for JRS to amplify the voices of refugees and raise the main issues and protection concerns received from the field, at the same time understanding the global priorities for the international community and specifically for some member States and donors.

Michael Schöpf SJ, JRS International Director

Commemorating the founding of
Jesuit Refugee Service

The Jesuit Refugee Service was founded by Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ, then Superior General of the Society of Jesus, on 14 November 1980. 42 years later, JRS continues its mission to accompany, serve and advocate for our refugee brothers and sisters throughout the world.

On our 42nd Anniversary, Affia, a refugee student from the JRS Digital Education Programme, shares her personal experience. This video clip was produced by a fellow refugee student Mukhzan.


Building An Inclusive World – LEAP@JRS

JRS Singapore has embarked on LEAP@JRS – a community building initiative focused on nurturing professional skills for the individual and developing resilience and self-sustainability for the community.

LEAP@JRS encompasses:

  • certified education programs such as digital marketing, graphic design and CISCO academy courses;
  • professional development sessions such as resume writing, interview and presentation skills;
  • wellness programs to better manage stress and enhance emotional resilience and
  • facilitates virtual internships with values-aligned partners to prepare asylum seekers and refugees for future employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.

The cornerstone of LEAP@JRS is the education program E3 – Education for Economic Empowerment which equips asylum seekers and refugees with certified IT skills. Women and girls are strongly encouraged to apply. Graduates of E3 are encouraged to embark on virtual internship opportunities facilitated by JRS (Internship Programme). E3 includes a ‘Teach the Trainer’ certification program / Instructor Course and it is envisaged that from Year 2, qualified asylum seekers and refugees will be part of the E3 Teaching faculty and programme office. LEAP@JRS engages strategic partners both in Singapore and the region. These eco-system partners include academic institutions, social enterprises, NGOs and the business community.

Lead, Educate, Advocate & Partner

Life Skills

  • Self-Management
  • Resilience
  • Mindfulness
  • Creativity

E3 – Education for
Economic Empowerment

  • Digital Marketing
  • Graphic Design
  • CISCO Academy
  • Web & IT Skills

Future Ready

  • Financial Skills
  • Career Development
  • Communications

Virtual Internships

  • Training
  • Mentorship
  • Experience @ Work
  • Allowance
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Congratulations to our Pioneer Batch for completing the very first E³ Digital Training-MTC 1 Express Path Course! We are deeply encouraged by your enthusiasm and commitment throughout your learning journey.

Be part of our ecosystem – Scope for LEAP@JRS

Trainers &
Content Providers

Soft Skills

IT Skills

Career Preparation

Internship Partners

On-the-Job Training


Career Development



IT Equipment

Licensed Software

Safe Training Premises

“In the name of all those who persecute you, who have persecuted you, those who have hurt you, above all for the indifference of the world, I ask for forgiveness, forgiveness.”

~ Pope Francis in Bangladesh in 2017