Education in emergencies
UNICEF believes that education is a right for all children, everywhere, including in the most dangerous circumstances. Making sure that children’s schooling is not interrupted in times of conflict or natural disasters safeguards their right to education. It is also an effective way to provide them with essential health and nutrition services, help them recover a sense of routine and teach them essential life skills.
In transition countries that have emerged from conflict, education can be a powerful tool for social transformation, rallying previously warring parties around the issue of safeguarding the rights and well-being of all children for a better future.
Such approaches also call for strategic interventions to help prevent crises from recurring and reduce the fragility of countries making the transition from crisis to normal development.
The international community, increasingly aware that education is an integral part of relief efforts in the wake of an emergency, has been supportive of UNICEF’s efforts.