Balochistan, a province embroiled in conflict, also facing some of the worst human development indicators in the country, embarked on a journey to improve education outcomes for girls in some of the remotest of its villages. This bold agenda is supported by a Global Partnership for Education grant of USD 34 million implemented by World Bank and has reached more than 700 schools in the province and 53,000 children.
The third edition of the Investing in the Future (IIFMENA) conference under its banner ‘Youth - Crisis Challenges and Development Opportunities’, has witnessed key solutions to integrate refugee youth with the help of education to become useful citizens for themselves and for their host countries, at a panel discussion titled ‘Youth in Conflict & Peacebuilding’, held on the first day of the conference (Wednesday) with a key conference partner, UNHCR.
Last May, the European Union announced an ambitious plan to dedicate 10 percent of its 2019 humanitarian aid budget to education during emergencies. At the same time the European Commission released its first policy on education in emergencies, observing that “access to quality education is being denied to millions of children by increasingly protracted conflicts, forced displacement, violence, climate change and disasters.” As a result, the Commission notes, “uneducated, lost generations” have been forced “to embark on perilous journeys to Europe and other regions of the world, affecting their stability and development.” The European Union’s announcement is a welcome development for global education, which has received scant attention from international aid agencies and languished at the margins of the international humanitarian agenda.
Somalia has been engaged in a civil war for almost 30 years, and with over 70 per cent of its population is under 30 years of age, youth and youth education appear to be the key to a peaceful future in the country.
Since the beginning of the year, DDG has taught thousands of children, youth and adults in the Libyan city of Benghazi, which has been ravaged by years of conflict, about the threats of Explosive Remnants of War (ERW). The promotion of safe behavior around ERW is essential for people that have been displaced due to the conflict as well as people living in the midst of areas contaminated by explosives that have been left behind from the ongoing conflict.
Chad is a landlocked country in Central Africa bordered by Sudan to the east, the Central African Republic (CAR) to the south, Nigeria, Cameroon and Niger to the west. The country is hit by several humanitarian crises caused by conflicts in its neighboring countries.
Millions of children around the world are affected by conflict, natural disasters, complex humanitarian emergencies, internal strife, and fragility. Increasingly, the world’s out-of-school children live in countries facing war, violence and disasters. As a result, they are deprived of their right to education.
In order to maintain children’s access to quality education in these countries, the Global Partnership for Education provides targeted supports including: helping countries develop education sector plans (ESP) that reinforce emergency readiness, preparedness, and planning, providing accelerated funding to respond to crises quickly, and supporting the preparation of transitional education plans (TEP).
(February 21, 2017 – Paris) The French and Canadian governments should be congratulated for becoming the latest countries to endorse the international political commitment known as the Safe Schools Declaration, said the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA). The endorsement came during the international conference on the protection of children in armed conflicts being hosted by the French foreign ministry in Paris today.
“France and Canada’s support for the Safe Schools Declaration is a welcome addition to the growing community of countries demanding that schools be safe places for children, even during war,” said Diya Nijhowne, GCPEA Director. “The Safe Schools Declaration lays out many common-sense steps that countries can take to help ensure that students and schools are better protected.”
Being an educator requires sincerity and great patience, especially when teaching children who had never received formal education.
However, thanks to the sheer determination in ensuring that children nationwide have viable access to education, Zulkernai Fauzi, the principal of Sekolah Bimbingan Jalinan Kasih (SBJK) in Jalan Raja Muda Abdul Aziz, Kampung Baru initiated efforts to seek out homeless children in the city to join the school.
Both natural hazards and conflict have devastating effects on education systems. When education is interrupted, classrooms destroyed, educational resources stretched, and when the safety and well-being of teachers and students are endangered, children’s futures are threatened. This is the case for one in three of the 124 million out-of-school children who live in a fragile or conflict-affected country. The new global education agenda, Education 2030, acknowledges the reality of children in conflict and disaster-affected countries and urges these countries to implement policies and strategies to ensure that the right to a quality education is delivered, no matter the circumstances.
Speaking on Wednesday ahead of the Pan-African Symposium on Education, Resilience and Social Cohesion, at the United Nations Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, stakeholders regretted that millions of children are exposed to disaster and conflicts.
In the new report Providing Hope, Investing in the Future: Education in Emergencies & Protracted Crises, Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) confirms that education is a life-saving intervention for children and adolescents who are forcibly displaced from their homes. In emergencies where many agencies provide basic humanitarian assistance, JRS is on the ground organizing educational and recreational activities to heal trauma, promote human dignity, and build skills.
As part of his visit to Lisbon, Portugal, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today met with a group of Syrian students, commending them for their strength and resilience and stressing that the only sustainable solution to the education crisis in Syria is ending the “horrible” war.
Protecting schools from attacks and military use is essential to fulfil one of the promises of the 2030 Agenda: ensuring access to education for all children, Leila Zerrougui, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict told members of the African Union’s Peace and Security Council during the third annual Open Session on children and armed conflict.
In mid-April, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador, killing at least 500 people and injuring another 4,000. The immediate priority is relief and rescue – searching for survivors (100 people are still missing), reuniting loved ones, and providing care, water, shelter, and food. But once this is accomplished, the work will have to continue.In particular, some 150,000 young people, according to UNICEF estimates, will have to be provided with psycho social support, and a sense of normalcy, protection, and hope. And the best way to do that is through the rapid provision of education.