The provision and protection of education during periods of emergency
is not a choice, but an obligation.*
On 26 September 2012, The UN Secretary-General launched Education First, a five-year education strategy that includes, as the second “Key Action”: Sustain Education in humanitarian crises, especially conflict.
In support of Education First, the education in emergencies community came together and developed Education Cannot Wait, a call to action created to ensure adequate funding in humanitarian emergencies, protection of education from attack, and emergency-sighted education sector plans. The Education Cannot Wait agenda includes:
Education Cannot Wait was launched on 24 September during the 2012 UN General Assembly, and lines up directly with Education First. Having the Education Cannot Wait: Call to Action is a critical first step, but it is only the start; in order to ensure goals are met, advocacy and action must be undertaken.
Given the need to consolidate the energy around Education First and Education Cannot Wait, and at the request of member organizations, INEE has convened the Advocacy Working Group.
For more information about the INEE Advocacy Working Group, click here.
* Paraphrased from the UN Special Rapporteur on Education’s report, 2011
Header photo by Stacy Hughes, Amman, Jordan, 2004