Children and youth in crisis situations, along with their caregivers, consistently ask for education as a priority. They see it as the key to a better future. Like young people everywhere, they hunger for safe spaces, learning, a sense of community, and the tools needed to shape a promising future. And beyond their expressed need to go to school, education is their inherent human right.
It is the responsibility of state governments to provide all children and youth under their jurisdiction with quality education. International actors can and should support governments in fulfilling this responsibility. This is why key stakeholders at the 2019 Global Refugee Forum formed the Geneva Global Hub for Education in Emergencies (EiE Hub), a coalition of governments, international organisations, non-governmental organisations, networks and academia to work toward that objective in joint and complementary ways.
The strategy developed by the EiE Hub builds on early experiences and lessons learned, and sets an ambitious course for the next four years. It is pragmatic but aspirational, involving a range of actors to bring coherence to disparate efforts, influence policy agendas, and catalyse political and operational change for EiE. It is rooted in the belief that, given the rising number of protracted crises across the globe, EiE has relevance for immediate emergency response and as a longer-term intervention. Education in emergencies and protracted crises must be recognised not as secondary to sectoral responses but as a cornerstone of humanitarian, peace and development action.