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


EU increases humanitarian aid budget for education of children in emergencies

European Commission 20 September 2017

Access to education for children in emergency situations is among the top priorities for the EU in its humanitarian funding.

The European Commission has announced today it will further increase the part of humanitarian funding dedicated to getting children into education in crisis zones around the world. In 2018, 8% of the EU’s humanitarian budget will go to education in emergencies, which is far above the global average of less than 3%.

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World leaders commit to tackling global education crisis that is holding back millions of children a

UNICEF 20 September 2017

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres; United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed; heads of state of France, Norway, Malawi and Senegal; and other global education leaders today committed to tackling the global ‘education crisis’ holding back millions of children and threatening progress, at a high-level event in New York City.

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World leaders gathered at UN commit to boosting investment in education

UN News Centre 20 September 2017

World leaders today pledged to tackle the education crisis that is holding back millions of children and threatening economic development, at a high-level event at United Nations Headquarters in New York aimed at securing finance for this critical goal.

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Syrian refugee children still miss ‘alarming number’ of school days — report

The Jordan Times 20 September 2017

Over 16.6 million school days have been missed in Jordan since the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees and the UN General Assembly held in 2016, which pledged to ensure that all refugee children have access to education within a few months of displacement, a Save the Children (STC) report released Tuesday found.

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Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai Calls On Business Leaders To Invest In Refugee Kids’ Education

Forbes 20 September 2017

Unlike many teenagers turning 18, Malala Yousafzai, the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, spent her 18th birthday opening two schools for Syrian refugee girls at a refugee camp in Lebanon. Now at age 20, the human rights activist is slated to start her studies at Oxford University, and unlike most 20-year-olds, she is traveling the world, talking to world leaders, philanthropists and leading NGOs about how they should invest in refugee kids’ and girls’ education.

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México/Sismo: Pelo menos 21 crianças mortas em escola que ruiu

Diário de Notícias 20 September 2017

“Pelo menos 21 crianças morreram e cerca de 20 estão desaparecidas numa escola do México, na sequência do sismo que na terça-feira causou mais de uma centena de mortos,”

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Dubai Cares reiterates its commitment to ‘Education in Emergencies’ on the sidelines of the 72nd UN

Government of Dubai 19 September 2017

Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has renewed its commitment to Education in Emergencies at a special event held on the sidelines of the week of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. The event, which was co-hosted by Dubai Cares and ‘Education Cannot Wait’ fund, brought together the leadership of the world’s most influential companies and foundations to expand dialogue from the political arena, elevate education in emergencies in the minds of those who have the power to initiate change and consequently drive more investment in education by supporting learning opportunities for children and youth in crisis-affected countries.

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Visionary Nigerian teacher wins UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award

UNHCR 18 September 2017

Mediator who helped gain release of Chibok girls wins Nansen honour for opening schools in conflict zone. Zannah Mustapha, a champion for the rights of displaced children growing up amid violence in north-eastern Nigeria to get a quality education, has been named the 2017 winner of UNHCR’s Nansen Refugee Award.

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Global Education is a Humanitarian Emergency

Huffington Post 18 September 2017

As the United Nations convenes its 72nd General Assembly in New York City, most American children are bringing home first assignments and exhilarated accounts of colorful teachers, classmates and schoolyard incidents.

Worldwide, though, some 264 million children and youth are missing that adventure, as they are all out of school — leaving us 264 million lives shy of achieving the fourth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG4), quality education for all.

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Refugees: A worrying education gap

The Irish Times 15 September 2017

Wars, conflict and persecution have in the past five years forced more people than at any other time since records began to flee their homes and seek refuge elsewhere. The single biggest reason for the spike has been the catastrophic war in Syria, but the trend has also been driven by 15 conflicts that have ignited or reignited in the past five years, including those in South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen. As a result, there are now 17.2 million refugees under the mandate of UNHCR, the UN refugee agency. Half of them are under 18.

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Irma : le gouvernement espère un retour à la normale de l’enseignement à Saint-Martin pour la rentré

Le Monde 15 September 2017

Selon le ministre de l’éducation nationale, un « recensement » du personnel sur place va d’abord être effectué. L’accueil d’élèves « quelques heures » par jour est prévu dès la semaine prochaine.
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Une rentrée scolaire de crise en Haïti à cause des difficultés économiques

Courrier International 15 September 2017

Le retour des élèves en uniforme sur les trottoirs de Port-au-Prince ne doit pas faire illusion: la rentrée scolaire ce lundi en Haïti est loin d’être un succès à cause des difficultés économiques.

Dans une école primaire de Pétionville, les bancs d’une école primaire publique sont encore déserts. “Les parents n’ont pas les moyens pour payer. Ils viendront au fil du mois, en octobre ou aussi en janvier”, confie Lionel Fevilien, un enseignant désoeuvré.

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Europe ‘must improve’ credential recognition for refugees

Times Higher Education 14 September 2017

The higher education sector must continue to develop initiatives aimed at increasing access for refugees, to prepare universities for the “next crisis”. That is the view of Einar Meier, senior adviser at the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT), who warned that, while the number of new refugee arrivals in Europe had “plummeted”, the need to assess and recognise a large number of individuals’ qualifications quickly, remained a pressing issue.

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Turkey reveals how 660,000 Syrian refugee children will move into state schools

TheirWorld 14 September 2017

Turkey has announced more details about its three-year plan to get all Syrian refugee children into state schools.

Almost 300,000 children currently in temporary education centres will be gradually transferred to official schools. Another 360,000 not currently in education will also start to move into classrooms.

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Over 3.5 million refugee children missing out on education, UN report finds

UN News Centre 12 September 2017

Over 3.5 million refugee children did not have the chance to attend school in the last academic year, according to a report published today by the United Nations refugee agency, which is calling for education to be a vital component of humanitarian response.

“Left Behind: Refugee Education in Crisis” found that there are 6.4 million refugees of school age – between five and 17 – among the 17.2 million refugees under the mandate of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

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