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 Global Citizens mark the Day of the Girl Child this year, we renew our call for the governments of Sweden, Finland, Japan and the United Arab Emirates to commit new funds to Education Cannot Wait, above existing aid commitments, to help meet this funding gap.
Education can protect children from exploitation and abuse, and provide hope for their future. Yet our responses to humanitarian emergencies do little to protect children’s right to learn – in fact, last year, less than 2% of all humanitarian aid went to education. This must change.
Take action today to remind these leaders to support education in emergencies so that children affected by crises can get back in school and start learning again.