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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. 

Yet despite its merits, education is most at risk in countries affected by conflict or natural disasters. To make sure that children’s schooling is not interrupted, UNICEF works with partners to provide basic emergency education services including school-in-a-box kits and school tents, etc.

UNICEF also advocates for strategic approaches that not only restore schooling and all its related benefits to affected populations, but also help countries rebuild the institutions and systems destroyed by natural disasters or conflict.

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.



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