Worldwide Week of Action for Education: Protect Education in Emergencies!

GCE Policy Statement Global Action Week for Education (GAE) 2022

A call to protect education in emergencies!

the Global Action Week for Education (GAE)led each year by the movement of Global Campaign for Education (GCE), an important opportunity for education activists around the world. More than 100 countries, hundreds of local, national, regional and global civil society organizations and millions of people around the world have come together to protect and advocate for the right to inclusive and equitable quality education. and lifelong learning opportunities for all, and contribute to the achievement of SDG4.

Given the major emergencies occurring around the world and their devastating impact on the right to education of millions of people, especially the most vulnerable, this WAEMS 2022 will be more important than ever: it is an urgent and powerful one. appealing to States, world leaders and the international community to protect education in emergencies!

In 2022, perhaps more than ever, the GCE movement needs to move. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the world already faced many challenges in achieving the human right to education, especially among marginalized groups. Then, in early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic changed the world as we know it, magnifying and exacerbating existing challenges: conflict, impact of climate change, poverty, political violence. and repression. All of this has affected more complex and interconnected emergencies around the world, and many have turned into long -lasting and cyclical crises. In these situations, the right to education is seriously threatened.

There are many violations of right to education of millions of peopleespecially the most excluded and vulnerable, in crises and emergencies around the world. The most recent case is the deliberate attack on educational establishments Ukrainebut much more has happened over the years.

Violence, conflict and the worsening humanitarian crisis Sahel region making access to quality education more difficult, especially in countries such as Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso. 40% of elementary school-aged children in the region are out of school and the lower secondary school enrollment rate is less than 56%. [1]

on Tungang Sidlakanthe Yemen still affected by nearly 8 years of war and remains the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Violent armed conflict, combined with the effects of COVID-19 and climate change, puts children and adolescents at serious risk; All of these factors mean that about 8.1 million girls and boys of school age are in need of emergency educational assistance, while the education infrastructure is completely destroyed and two-thirds of teachers are not paid regularly in excess. in four years.[2] Jordan and Lebanon hosts a large percentage of Syrian refugees, 1.3 million and 1.5 million respectively, putting great pressure on their education systems, which urgently need to be strengthened to meet the needs of refugee children and young people.[3]

on East Asia and the Pacific region, the effects of climate change are one of the main causes of crises and emergencies, especially considering that the countries in this region are one of the most prone to disasters in the world. Children’s right to education suffers in the most affected countries, such as Indonesia and the Philippines, among others.

In the region ofLatin America and the Caribbeanit is impossible not to mention the case ofHaiti, a country where nearly half the population is under 18 years of age, but where 50% of children cannot attend elementary school, and 50% of children can attend, drop out before the 6th year of schooling. school. Natural disasters, such as the devastating earthquake of 2021, conflict and many other daily dangers of violence, abuse and exploitation have exacerbated a lasting crisis in the country that has deprived millions. -millions of Haitians to their right to quality education.[4]

All over the world, conflicts and climate and environmental disasters, among other factors, cause a widespread and rapid crisis of movement, which worsens every minute : by 2050, 216 million people will be able to move within their country due to climate change,[5] and 140 million people in South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America will recently be evacuated due to climate change.[6] With regard to the right to education, we have clearly failed to reach out to refugees: for example, even if the right to education of refugees is protected by international law, 48% of all refugee children of school age have no access to education.[7] In addition, theeducation so is target of deliberate attacks in specific emergency situations: between 2015 and 2019, more than 11,000 attacks were reported against educational institutions and/or students and educational personnel, injuring more than 22,000 students and teachers in at least 93 countries.[8]

It should be noted that the women particularly affected in emergency contexts, especially if gender intersected with other factors of vulnerability, which also had an impact on their right to education: women were more likely than men not to attend school in contexts of emergency, as we have clearly seen in the severe case ofAfghanistan.[9] In crisis contexts, students with disabilities also one of the most vulnerable, they face many forms of non-participation in education and are less likely to attend and finish school than their non-disabled peers.

This catastrophic situation obliges us to act immediately and to appeal to the States. protect education in emergencies! in particular:

  • Protect education from attack, and adhere to and adhere to the Safe Schools Declaration, adopted in 2015.
  • Provide safe and easy learning environments for all students in emergencies, without discrimination based on gender, disability, race, ethnicity or any other factor.
  • Develop and implement education plans and budgets that respond to the crisis, and promote the equitable and sustainable inclusion of refugees, asylum seekers, returnees, stateless persons and internally displaced persons in the country. education system in the country.
  • Ensure adequate teacher protection, training and compensation.
  • Promote education that can truly renew a foundation of peace.
  • Listen to the voices of people affected by emergencies, civil society organizations, communities, families, teachers, who are the first to respond to these situations. Their experiences, perspectives and stories are important, and they should be fully considered in education plans and policies.

In the end, investing in education in emergencies and the crisis is absolutely necessary. Despite alarming numbers and stories, education remains one of the least funded components of humanitarian aid, receiving only 2.4% of global humanitarian funding. Emergency education desperately needs adequate, sustainable and predictable funding; it involves donor countries allocating at least 10% of humanitarian funding to education, including through meaningful support for the Education Cannot Wait (ECW) filling process.

Moving on Global Campaign for Education (CME) full commitment to the struggle to guarantee the right to education of millions of people living in emergency and (long-term) crisis situations, as well as to compel States to make the necessary steps required to achieve this goal, as well as SDG4.

Join us and get active during Global Action Week for Education (GAE) 2022 and demanded urgent action on protect education in emergencies! .

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