“Our message today is not that children need education even in emergencies. It is that they need it especially in emergencies.” Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan (Education Cannot Wait event in New York, 23 September 2013)
Education is an essential component of humanitarian response and a fundamental human right. Providing for and protecting education during crisis is not a choice, but an obligation.
Every year, conflict and natural disasters put millions of children and young people at risk, disrupting community services and their support mechanisms. Education can be a protective and life-saving intervention in these emergency environments. Education is also a priority for children, their parents and wider communities affected by conflict and disaster; education represents stability and hope for the future.
Yet, access to education continues to be denied to many children who need it most. 28.5 million primary school age children out of school in conflict-affected countries, and many millions more are impacted by disasters annually. Globally, the number of children out of school has fallen, from 60 million in 2008 to 57 million in 2011. But this progress has not reached children in conflict-affected countries, who make up 22% of the world’s primary school aged population but comprise 50% of children denied an education. This disproportionate impact on conflict-affected children has increased from 42% in 2008. Making the case for education is therefore an urgent priority for the Education Cluster at both global and country levels. (Figures from Global Monitoring Report Policy Paper 2013).
Click here to learn about advocacy work undertaken at the global level by the Education Cluster, including key resources and foundational documents that can be used in high-level advocacy.
Click here to learn more about advocacy work done by country clusters at the national level, including guidance and tips to help you develop your own advocacy strategies.
*Advocacy – photograph credits: © Jonathan Hyams / Save the Children and © Eman Mohammed / Save the Children