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What is the Geneva Global Hub for Education in Emergencies?

The Geneva Global Hub for Education in Emergencies is an ambitious commitment towards the realisation of the right to education for crisis-affected and displaced children and youth.

Vision

That all children and youth affected by humanitarian emergencies, protracted crises, and forced displacement have their right to a quality education fulfilled, respected and protected.

Mission

The Geneva Global Hub for Education in Emergencies engages government, humanitarian, development and academic actors to come together for transformative joint action. The Hub promotes policy dialogue, multi-stakeholder synergies and partnerships, and inspires political and financial commitment to deliver safe and quality education to crisis-affected children and youth.

Overall objective

The Geneva Global Hub for Education in Emergencies is a physical and virtual platform, which aims to be a catalyst for joint action among members and increase collaboration with other sectors to prioritise education in emergencies. Children and youth prioritise education, even in the worst crises. Therefore, the Hub will harness the expertise and capabilities of International Geneva’s diplomatic, humanitarian, development, migration, human rights, protection and peace experts and organisations, and academia, to inspire change internationally – increasing country-level impact as well as political, financial and operational commitments for education in emergencies.

What is the focus of the Hub?

The Geneva Global Hub for Education in Emergencies focuses on school-aged children and youth*. With regards to tertiary education, the Hub is involved in research and evidence-creation for EiE and data.

The Hub’s focus includes all crisis-affected children and youth, regardless of their status (i.e. refugee, host community, internally displaced children and youth, as well as those affected by conflict, violence, disasters and epidemics).

* meaning, access and completion of quality pre-primary, compulsory primary and secondary education, including non-formal educational pathways and transition to the formal national education system, in line with SDG 4.1. and 4.2

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Why is a Global Hub for Education in Emergencies needed?

Humanitarian crises, conflict and displacement deny millions of children and youth their right to education. There are approximately 257 million primary and secondary school-age children out of school in the world, 127 million of whom live in countries affected by crises. Only 77% of refugee children are enrolled in primary school and only 36% of refugee boys are enrolled in secondary education, with enrollment for girls at 27%. Figures for internally displaced people are likely even lower. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated this situation, and in many countries affected by violence, schools also continue to be relentlessly attacked.

And yet, education is one of the most underfunded sectors in humanitarian response plans and is particularly vulnerable to economic shocks.

Despite its critical importance and value, education in emergencies has consistently received a lower than average share of funds requested. An analysis conducted by Global Education Cluster in 2018 revealed that between 2014 and 2017, the education sector received an average of 35% of funds requested, compared to 60% across all sectors over the same period.

In emergencies and protracted crises, education must play a key role

That is why Switzerland pledged at the 2019 Global Refugee Forum to promote Geneva as the Global Hub for Education in Emergencies – a Hub which will strive to contribute so that all children and youth affected by humanitarian emergencies, protracted crises, and forced displacement have their right to a quality education fulfilled, respected and protected. The pledge was co-signed by Education Cannot Wait (ECW), the Global Education Cluster (GEC), the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE), UNICEF, the University of Geneva, UNESCO and UNHCR.

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Pledge at the Global Refugee Forum 2019

Switzerland commits to promoting Geneva as the global hub for ‘education in emergencies’ to raise the policy and operational profile of the education of children and youth in emergencies and protracted crises. As the ‘capital of the humanitarian community’ and home to numerous academic institutions and humanitarian and development organizations working in education, International Geneva is a relatively unexploited platform with much potential for promoting policy dialogue, multi-stakeholder synergies and partnerships, and a coordination network for promoting greater awareness, political and financial commitments, as well as robust, agile and complementary humanitarian and development action for refugee and IDP education.

**Co-signed by Education Cannot Wait, the Global Education Cluster, the Graduate Institute, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNICEF and the University Geneva.