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This was one of the hybrid events convened during the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks. These took place from 2 to 20 May 2022, bringing together more than 2000 experts in crisis preparedness and response to take stock, become inspired and build new coalitions.
The rapid and intensifying climate crisis threatens children’s rights to education, healthcare, food and safety, among others. Considering that nearly half of all children – a billion or more – live in countries at extremely high risk of suffering the consequences of climate change, there is an urgent need to address its effects on the right to education.
Education in emergencies (EiE) can support and strengthen communities’ adaptive capacities and resilience to current and future risks posed by the climate crisis. It has the potential to ensure the meaningful, inclusive participation of local actors in strengthening the resilience of education systems against climate risks. The work of EiE can therefore benefit from reflection and discussion of the many interconnected effects of climate change, to protect the right to education in the face of the climate crisis and improve the lives of children and communities suffering from its impacts.
This session discussed and outlined how EiE responses can be improved to better combat the effects of the climate crisis on education. This event aimed to promote dialogue, information sharing and reflection among stakeholders, to assess how the EiE sector can help strengthen the resilience of education systems against climate risks. Furthermore, it explored the possibilities of collaboration with local communities to support climate change adaptation in education, and safeguard children’s rights.
Opening remarks: Dilmani, child campaigner from Sri Lanka
H.E. Laouali Labo, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Niger to the UN
Dr Bina Desai, Head of Programmes, IDMC
Sekagya Abdulrazaq, Youth representative, Uganda Red Cross Society
Benedicte Giæver, Executive Director, NORCAP
Moira Faul, Executive Director NORRAG, Graduate Institute
Moderated by Michelle Brown, Global Education Cluster Coordinator