The Global Education Cluster and the EU are working with partners to strengthen rapid education responses

Every child has the right to develop their talents and competencies to unlock their potential, starting from early childhood and throughout their schooling and vocational training. This right does not cease in humanitarian emergencies.

Continued access to safe, quality, and inclusive education in these contexts is paramount, equipping children and young people with essential skills to thrive, as well as protection and normalcy. As such, education is a powerful vehicle for peace, reintegration and resilience for children, youth and their communities whose lives have been upended by humanitarian emergencies.  

“We cannot forget about the education of children and young people caught in humanitarian crises. Prioritizing their right to learn from the beginning of a humanitarian response – even in the most challenging and complex situations, is instrumental to not only realize Sustainable Development Goal 4 (Quality Education), but also empower them with tools and skills to rebuild their communities for future generations”, Meritxell Relaño Arana, Deputy Director, Office of Emergency Programmes, UNICEF emphasized.  

Despite its critical formative and protective role, education is often not prioritized, nor is it included in the first phase of a humanitarian response. 

With generous contribution from, and in partnership with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO), the Global Education Cluster is working with NORCAP, REACH, Save the Children, Translators without Borders, UNESCO IIEP and UNICEF to address barriers preventing children, living in situations where humanitarian access is limited, from realising their right to receive quality education. This challenge will be tackled by developing tools, gathering evidence, and building capacities of key humanitarian and education actors, including Ministries of Education, to promote and facilitate the systemic inclusion of education in Rapid Response Mechanisms (RRMs).  

RRMs provide prompt humanitarian assistance in the wake of sudden onset emergencies and conflict situations and are proven to effectively reach the most vulnerable communities with multi-sectoral assistance. As such, strengthening the inclusion of education in RRMs provides an opportunity to mitigate significant disruptions to children’s education caused by the crises they are caught in.  

“Including education in the RRM is much needed in Niger. In the event of a shock, education must be able to provide rapid support for continuity of services in the same way as other sectors”, Djibrilla Abdou and Moussa Issoufa Halidou, Cluster Co-Coordinators, Niger Education Cluster highlighted. 

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