Promoting access to quality, safe, and relevant education for all persons affected by crisis

World Humanitarian Day 2017

18 August 2017

World Humanitarian Day is held every year on August 19 to raise awareness and support for those individuals that are affected by crisis around the world. It is also a day to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives to support those in need. 

An estimated 75 million children aged 3 to 18 live in countries facing war and violence and need educational support. In many countries, armed groups target schools, teachers, and students. These attacks make children drop out of school and become vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.

INEE, as a network of more than 13,500 individual members and more than 130 partner organizations in 190 countries, works around the clock and around the globe to ensure quality education for learners who find themselves in crisis contexts. World Humanitarian Day is a day to celebrate the work - YOUR work - we are doing together. 

World Humanitarian Day represents an opportunity to raise our voices to advocate for those individuals who are affected by conflict or natural disaster, and ensure that children can continue with their education even in difficult times.

For World Humanitarian Day 2017, humanitarian partners are coming together to reaffirm that civilians caught in conflict are #NotATarget.

This campaign follows on the UN Secretary-General’s report on protection of civilians, which was launched earlier this year. Laying out his ‘path to protection’, the Secretary-General calls for enhanced respect for international humanitarian and human rights law, and protection of civilians, including humanitarian and medical workers as well as civilian infrastructure. Watch the video. Find out more.