Education – A Priority From the First Day of Every Crisis

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Crisis-affected children identify education as their first priority. Surveys have revealed that they value education as much as food, water or money. However, worldwide, 224 million children and youth living in crisis settings are currently denied a quality education. 

Education is essential for protecting children and youth during and after a crisis. Education saves and sustains lives. It is critical to reducing risks, especially to the most vulnerable, enabling mental health and psychosocial support to help children and youth cope with and recover from crises. For every day that schools are closed, children and youth face more risks including abuse, exploitation, recruitment, child marriage, sexual violence and child labour.

In today’s environment of tightening humanitarian budgets and unprecedented crises, the humanitarian community must stay focused on effective actions that meet the greatest needs and can be leveraged for the biggest impact, while leaving no one behind.

Members of the Geneva Global Hub for Education in Emergencies (EiE Hub) have come together to issue a statement which outlines why education should be a priority from the first day of a crisis. 

Together, the members of the EiE Hub call on global leaders to: 

See the full statement, in English, French or Spanish, at the links above.

All previous EiE Hub advocacy statements can be viewed here.