Lessons on learning: Providing education in crises

Refugee children from South Sudan attend a class at a makeshift school at Kule Camp in Ethiopia. As a result of education being underfunded during crisis situations, 65 million children caught in conflict are out of school or at risk of dropping out. Photo by: UNICEF Ethiopia / CC BY-NC-ND

There are more refugees and displaced people in the world today than ever recorded, and more than half of them are children. For them, and for millions more living in conflict-ridden and fragile states, education is often their only protection against becoming a lost generation, unable to bounce back from adversity without any employment prospects or a secure place in society.

The value of education is widely recognized and understood among aid workers, world leaders and refugees themselves, but in crisis situations, the sector is the most underfunded, receiving only 2 percent of humanitarian aid in 2014. As a result, 65 million children caught in conflict or crisis are out of school or at risk of dropping out, and according to the Overseas Development Institute, the world needs an annual $4.8 billion more to ensure that no child really is left behind.

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    Liana Barcia

    Liana is a Manila-based reporter at Devex focusing on education, development finance and public-private partnerships and contributing a wide range of content featured in the Development Insider, Money Matters and Doing Good newsletters. She draws from her experience in business reporting and advertising to generate coverage that is engaging, insightful and relevant to the Devex community.