According to UNHCR (2017), nearly 20 people are forcibly displaced around the world every minute, as a result of conflict or persecution. A staggering 65.6 million people are forcibly displaced worldwide, including 22.5 million refugees and 10 million stateless people. Nearly half of the refugees are children below 18 years of age. Overall, it is estimated that more than 75 million children are in dire need of educational support in crisis-affected contexts, including hundreds of thousands of children whose education has been disrupted by natural disasters. In 2016, ODI estimated that there is an estimated global finance gap of at least $8.5 billion per year needed to support these 75 million children in crisis affected contexts. This is a mere $113 per child, yet the sector remains chronically underfunded. Current levels and modes of financing education in emergencies are insufficient to meet the needs of these children.
‘Education in fragility‘ refers to quality learning opportunities for all ages in situations of crisis, including early childhood development, primary, secondary, non-formal, technical, vocational, higher and adult education. Education in emergencies provides physical, psychosocial, and cognitive protection that can sustain and save lives. Common situations of crisis in which education in emergencies is essential include conflicts, situations of violence, forced displacement, disasters, and public health emergencies. Despite the overwhelming evidence of the many benefits of education to individuals, families, and societies, education in emergencies continues to be underfunded by both governments and humanitarian actors alike.
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