Humanitarian emergencies across the world – from Syria to Nigeria, South Sudan, Afghanistan and beyond – are disrupting the schooling of 75 million children, more than half of them girls.
Education Cannot Wait: a Fund for Education in Emergencies was launched at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul last year to raise $3.85 billion over five years and ensure #BooksBuildLives.
As we mark #16Days to end gender based violence and on the doorstep of Human Rights Day, it is critical to recognize the role of education - a basic human right - in keeping girls safe from harm by securing their education in crisis-affected areas.
Wars and disasters force girls out of school and make them vulnerable to exploitation and abuse in circumstances where they and their families will do anything to survive or have lost all protection.Yet our responses to humanitarian emergencies do little to protect girls' right to learn – in fact, last year, less than 2% of all humanitarian aid went to education. In some countries, girls in school are specifically targeted by groups like ISIS and Boko Haram because they know that educated women are more empowered.
Education can provide hope for their future, ensuring they have the structure and mental health needed to build resilience.
We renew our call for the governments of Sweden, Japan and the United Arab Emirates to commit new funds to Education Cannot Wait, a fund to support education for girls and boys whose lives have been torn apart by violence.
Take action today to remind our leaders to support education in emergencies so that girls affected by crises can get back in school and start learning and healing again.