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

News

The Government of Afghanistan, Education Cannot Wait, UNICEF and a coalition of UN, NGO partners and

Education Cannot Wait 21 February 2019

Today, the Government of Afghanistan, the Education Cannot Wait, global fund for education in crisis, and UNICEF launched a multi-year (2018 – 2021) education response programme, for which an initial US$ 22 million has been secured. The new programme will support the government’s policy on community based-education and improve access to safe and reliable education for 500,000 most vulnerable children, including 325,000 girls, in Afghanistan annually.

Click to read more


Multi-year education response programme launched to benefit ½ million Afghan children annually

Education Cannot Wait and UNICEF 21 February 2019

Kabul, Afghanistan, 21 February 2019 –  Today, the Government of Afghanistan, the Education Cannot Wait, global fund for education in crisis, and UNICEF launched a multi-year (2018 – 2021) education response programme, for which an initial US$ 22 million has been secured. The new programme will support the government’s policy on community based-education and improve access to safe and reliable education for 500,000 most vulnerable children, including 325,000 girls, in Afghanistan annually.

During the past decade, Afghanistan has been making progress in improving children’s access to education.  Primary school enrollment rate increased from 1 million to 8.5 million between 2002 and 2019.  Yet, violence, poverty and drought are among the many issues that threaten to reverse these gains. Approximately 3.7 million children remain out-of-school. Girls and children with disabilities are especially vulnerable. About 60 per cent of the out-of-school children are girls, and only 5 per cent of children with disabilities are able to access education.

Click to read more


Malian refugees in Mauritania: education in an emergency context

Euronews 21 February 2019

Mauritania is the second host country for refugees fleeing Mali. Almost 55,000 people of the 135,000 who have fled Mali are now in Mauritania. Nearly 60% of those are children. As the conflict in Northern and Central Mali worsens, Aid Zone travelled to the Mbera refugee camp in Mauritania to see what is being done to educate the refugee minors there and protect them from forced marriage and child labour.

Seen from above, Mbera is a sea of tents and sand. 55,000 refugees have travelled the 60 kilometres from the border to get there. It is the only such camp for Malians in Mauritania.

Click to read more


Gordon Brown: new funding needed urgently to give education and hope to millions of children

Theirworld 19 February 2019

New funding is needed urgently to prevent millions of children and youth being left without education and hope, UN envoy Gordon Brown warned today. Escalating crises in several parts of the world have contributed to more than 30 million children being displaced and 75 million having their education disrupted. “These young people are no longer only the lost generation, they are the invisible generation,” said Brown, who is the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education. “A lost generation is not only identified by empty classrooms, silent playgrounds and short, unmarked graves. A lost generation is one where hope dies in those who live.”

He spoke about the plight of young refugees as he appealed for new funding for education in emergencies. Brown, speaking at the UN headquarters in New York, said two new programmes will be announced this month to help children who are out of school because of conflicts and disasters.

Click to read more


U.N. Ramps Up Education Efforts in Rohingya Refugee Camps

Time 15 February 2019

The U.N. children’s agency says it is making gains in the effort to provide education for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya children who fled violence in Myanmar, but much work remains to provide adequate services in the world’s largest refugee camp.

UNICEF said Thursday that more than 145,000 Rohingya children living in refugee camps in Bangladesh are now attending “learning centers” supported by the agency as a new school year gets under way. Humanitarian workers have so far built around 1,600 such centers throughout the camps.

Click to read more


Education and income-generation for Rohingya refugees must be top priorities

ReliefWeb 15 February 2019

Education and income-generating opportunities must be made top priorities for the nearly one million Rohingya still languishing in the world’s largest refugee camp almost 18 months after fleeing violence and persecution in Myanmar, said three leading NGOs as a new UN funding plan for the crisis launched in Geneva today.

In a statement issued today, Oxfam, Save the Children and World Vision called on international governments to generously fund the 2019 Joint Response Plan (JRP) for the Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis. While the agencies applaud the ambitious new JRP—an appeal for US$ 920.5 million to assist 1.25 million people, including 909,000 Rohingya refugees and 336,000 host community members—they urge donors to emphasize education and income-generating activities when allotting funding.

Click to read more


Ensuring equal opportunities for refugee and host community children in Ethiopia

UNICEF 14 February 2019

Refugee primary school teacher Changkuoth Ter Wal explains the importance of investing in new schools and teacher training diploma programmes. With US$15 million from the Education Cannot Wait (ECW) fund, new schools and trained teachers are on the rise in the refugee-hosting regions of Gambella and Benishangal-Gumuz. 

Like most children in Tierkidi Refugee Camp in Gambella, Ethiopia, 15-year-old Pal Biel Jany fled from violence in South Sudan five years ago. He left his entire immediate family behind and currently lives with his aunt in the camp.

Pal has been displaced and separated from his parents and siblings for nearly one-third of his life. For refugee children, especially those experiencing traumatic displacement processes, it is imperative that they find stability and support – and schools can play a significant role.

Pal is lucky to have Changkuoth Ter Wal as his fourth-grade teacher at Teirkidi #3 Primary School. Changkuoth was never given the opportunity to attend formal training for teaching, (like most refugee teachers who hold no professional diplomas and only participate in short trainings offered at the camp). Nevertheless, he is determined to improve the conditions for the next generation.

Click to read more


Ensuring equal opportunities for refugee and host community children in Ethiopia

UNICEF 14 February 2019

Refugee primary school teacher Changkuoth Ter Wal explains the importance of investing in new schools and teacher training diploma programmes. With US$15 million from the Education Cannot Wait (ECW) fund, new schools and trained teachers are on the rise in the refugee-hosting regions of Gambella and Benishangal-Gumuz. 

Like most children in Tierkidi Refugee Camp in Gambella, Ethiopia, 15-year-old Pal Biel Jany fled from violence in South Sudan five years ago. He left his entire immediate family behind and currently lives with his aunt in the camp.

Pal has been displaced and separated from his parents and siblings for nearly one-third of his life. For refugee children, especially those experiencing traumatic displacement processes, it is imperative that they find stability and support – and schools can play a significant role.

Pal is lucky to have Changkuoth Ter Wal as his fourth-grade teacher at Teirkidi #3 Primary School. Changkuoth was never given the opportunity to attend formal training for teaching, (like most refugee teachers who hold no professional diplomas and only participate in short trainings offered at the camp). Nevertheless, he is determined to improve the conditions for the next generation.

Click to read more


Learning is a welcome respite for child refugees on Kos

UNHCR 14 February 2019

The KEDU school offers classes, museum trips and a sense of normalcy to young asylum-seekers on Greek island.

Click to read more


New landmark Abidjan Principles on the right to education and private actors adopted by experts

Abidjan Principles 13 February 2019

A group of human rights experts from around the world adopted the Abidjan Principles on the right to education today, following three years of consultations, reflection and drafting. The Abidjan Principles seek to strengthen existing efforts to ensure that everyone’s right to education is protected in the context of growing, and often unregulated private actor involvement in education.

Click to read more


As Colombia welcomes fleeing Venezuelans, children bear the heaviest burden

The Washington Post 4 February 2019

The world was caught by surprise a couple of weeks ago as demonstrators flooded the streets of Venezuela. But the truth is, this was not a surprise — Venezuela’s political and economic systems have been collapsing for the past four years. As a result, 3 million people — nearly 10 percent of the population — have left what was once the wealthiest country in South America. This is triple the number of Syrian refugees who have moved to Europe and larger than any other refugee crisis happening today.

Remarkably, neighboring Colombia has opened its borders to receive them — at the rate of nearly 40,000 a day. Most buy food or medicine and return to Venezuela, but every day 5,000 decide to stay in Colombia or other South American countries. While more than a million Venezuelans have crossed into other countries, the highest number — approximately 1.2 million — now live in Colombia, which already has 7 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), the world’s highest number, as a result of a decades-long civil war.

Click to read more


Experts from around the world set to meet in Abidjan to adopt new guiding principles on the right to

Right to Education Project 4 February 2019

On 12-13 of February 2019, education and human rights experts will meet in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, for the adoption of guiding principles strengthening the right to access free quality public education in the context of growing private actor involvement in education.

Click to read more


World’s First International Day of Education Could Not Come Soon Enough

Inter Press Service 24 January 2019

Children´s education is in a state of emergency when it comes to protracted crises. 75 million school-aged children and young people are in desperate need of educational support, are either in danger of or are already missing out on their education in countries facing war and violence (1*).

Click to read more


U.N. Ramps Up Education Efforts in Rohingya Refugee Camps

Time Magazine 24 January 2019

The U.N. children’s agency says it is making gains in the effort to provide education for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya children who fled violence in Myanmar, but much work remains to provide adequate services in the world’s largest refugee camp. UNICEF said Thursday that more than 145,000 Rohingya children living in refugee camps in Bangladesh are now attending “learning centers” supported by the agency as a new school year gets under way. Humanitarian workers have so far built around 1,600 such centers throughout the camps.

Click to read more


More than 145,000 Rohingya refugee children return to school in Bangladesh refugee camps

UNICEF 24 January 2019

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh, 24 January 2019 – More than 145,000 Rohingya refugee children living in camps in south-east Bangladesh are now attending UNICEF-supported learning centres, as a new school year begins.

Following a huge effort from the humanitarian community to construct a network of around 1,600 Learning Centres throughout the camps – providing vital access to education for children who fled violence in Myanmar – attention is now turning to providing education for thousands of other children who still lack access.

Click to read more