Whether it be a civil war or a hurricane, reestablishing education can provide a safe space and a little bit of normalcy for children. Waiting until emergencies are over to supply education can have dire consequences on a country's ability to rebuild and grow in the following years by creating a lost generation that had no access to an education. In 2015, the number of forcibly displaced people, almost 60 million, in the world reached its highest level since the end of the Second World War. Among refugees, only 50 percent of children are in primary school and only 25 percent of children are in secondary school.
Refugees usually flee to neighboring countries that are also struggling to provide education to their children--putting a burden on an already weak infrastructure.
In Syria alone, 1.9 million children in grades 1-9 have dropped out of school and 3000 schools have been destroyed or damaged. In Puerto Rico 700 thousand children were affected by Hurricane Maria, and between 15% and 20% of schools are permanently closed due to the damage. Additionally, 720 thousand Rohingya children are currently refugees in Bangladesh. Providing the safe space of a school helps given children the stability they are seeking.
Call to Action for ambitious new resources in support of education in emergencies at the World Humanitarian Summit, April 2016
Watch Members of Congress speak out for the 219 missing school girls in Nigeria #BringBackOurGirls
Humanitarian Aid for Education: Why It Matters and Why More is Needed by the Education for All Global Monitoring Report, 2015
No More Excuses: Provide Education to all Forcibly Displaced People Global Education Monitoring Report, 2016