Schooling supports a peaceful and prosperous world by offering children the opportunity to thrive. Protracted conflict and crisis have prevented 75 million children from accessing an education. Over half of these children are girls.
In 2016, Global Citizen has shared stories of children and places from around the world whose schooling was disrupted by devastating crises such as war, conflict or natural disaster.
These stories are about children like Raouf, who lives in Za’atari refugee camp and suffered trauma after his school in Syria was bombed. And Pooja, whose emergency schooling helped her rebuild her life, her confidence and her life skills after she was nearly killed in the Nepal earthquake.
The interactive map below highlights their stories and more. These stories explain why education is so necessary, and how it is having an impact in helping children heal and grow, in the wake of crises around the world.
In 2015, less than two percent of all humanitarian funding for emergencies and crises was allocated to schooling. This is why global citizens are calling on world leaders to hear the stories in this global map and to pledge their political and financial support to education at the first World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul on May 23 and 24. By contributing to theEducation Cannot Wait fund for education in emergencies, world leaders can truly help save and rebuild children's’ lives.
Click on a country in the map to learn more about the conflicts and emergencies that prevent children from getting educations, and what is being done to promote schooling for all.
This piece was written in collaboration with Talia Fried, an associate at the Global Poverty Project.