Education in Emergencies and Protracted Crises

Toward a Strengthened Response

Authored by: Susan Nicolai, Sébastien Hine, and Joseph Wales

Categories: Human Rights, Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Human Development, Post-Conflict Reconstruction
Region: No Region
Year: 2015
Citation: Nicolai, Susan, Sébastien Hine, and Joseph Wales, Education in Emergencies and Protracted Crises: Towards a Strengthened Response. London: Overseas Development Institute, 2015.

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Executive Summary

Some of the worst violations of the rights to education around the world occur in contexts of emergency and protracted crisis. Around 37 million primary and lower secondary age children are out of school in crisis-affected countries.

Education is the most effective way of reducing poverty and inequality. In contexts of emergencies and protracted crises, education can provide safe spaces and is crucial to the success of other interventions such as water and health.

While a number of global commitments have been made to ensure education for children in emergencies and protracted crises, there is limited implementation on these agreements.

As a contribution to the Oslo Summit on Education Development, July 2015, this report makes recommendations to strengthen global commitment to improving education in crisis areas, to develop a plan and raise the resources needed to close the gap.