Education must be prioritised even in crisis situations – because it provides an effective means of child protection.
must be an immediate part of response in all emergency situations. Children’s lives are severely disrupted as they try to cope after a conflict or natural disaster. Over and over, we hear that children desperately want to get back to school, and their families consistently prioritise education. It is important to get children back to school as rapidly as possible so they have a safe environment to learn and play.
In the aftermath of an emergency, education can provide key survival messages on issues such as health and hygiene, nutrition and landmine safety. It can provide a safe space to protect children from exploitation and harm. Feeding programmes, healthcare, and access to clean water in schools can also help to save lives.
Emergencies present a chance to improve access to education, with children sometimes attending school or non-formal education activities for the first time. Education provides children with a sense of security, a familiar routine and hope for the future. It also contributes to the recovery and reconstruction of post-conflict societies and can help reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Save the Children
is committed to ensuring children’s rights to education are fulfilled during and after a crisis. Since our founding in 1919, Save the Children has provided emergency relief in natural disasters, war, health crises and economic crises. Save the Children is a key player in this sector as an implementer of education in emergencies programmes, as the co-lead of the Global Education Cluster with UNICEF and as a leading advocate for children’s rights. We are working on all levels and with all relevant stakeholders to make sure children can learn regardless of who they are, where they live or what is happening around them and ensuring that they are safe while learning.