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Education in Emergencies

COVID-19, epidemics, natural disasters, armed conflicts and wars can cause the discontinuation of education, school dropouts and widen education gaps. They can simply prevent children from physically attending the schools or completely destroy education facilities.


UNICEF reported that education in 93 countries was attacked during 2015 – 2019. Conflicts and wars forced estimated 35 million children to be displaced, amongst them almost half of school-age refugee children are out of school. Girls are 2.5 times more likely to be affected by the situations. Pandemics also cause delay in education. COVID-19 has caused school closures and put more than one billion children at risk of falling behind.

Education is a human right. Education in emergencies does not only try to ensure the continuation of education for people in crisis, but it also can “help child soldiers, internally displaced persons, refugees and all those affected by emergencies to reintegrate cut back into society and overcome the negative effects that emergencies can have on people.”

This section looks into how countries carry out education through emergency situations, as well as the roles of the private and civil sectors in maintaining the access and quality of education in tough times. We hope this page is helpful for the audiences who are struggling with managing education under challenging situations or planning to cope with the cases of emergencies. It will take you through the responses to COVID-19, the education recovery from natural disasters, the movements to deliver the education amongst the violence, and the restoration after the emergencies.

UN Women: addressing the needs of women and girls in emergencies

UNESCO’s new regional studies reveal the impact of climate change on the right to education

Emergencies Remind Us That Remedial Learning Is Key For Low Performing Students

Refugee Children Must Have Access To Education And Be Protected Through Concrete Commitments At The Global Refugee Forum

Bangladesh: Rohingya Children Denied Education

Rohingya-Run Schools Push For Education Amid Tight Restrictions

Bridges: Participatory Action Research On The Future Of Migrant Education In Thailand

“From Now On I Will Not Let Anything Get Between Me And Education”

World Food Programme And Education Cannot Wait Team Up To Reach Vulnerable Children And Youth In Emergencies

Lack Of Funding Leaves Millions Of Children In Conflict And Disaster Zones At Risk

UN Refugee Chief Touts Focus On Education In New Approach To Lasting Problem


Exploring The Next Frontier In Education In Emergencies: Social-emotional Learning Research And Practice

Building Resilience In Education To The Impact Of Climate Change

UN: Half Of Refugee Children Do Not Go To School

Education Cannot Wait Approves US$6 Million First Emergency Response For Sahel Regional Crisis

Education Cannot Wait Announces US$639,000 Allocation To Support Emergency Educational Response In Comoros In The Aftermath Of Cyclone Kenneth

For Syrian Refugee Children, Kindergarten Is A Safe Haven

Foundations’ Engagement In Education In Emergencies And Protracted Crises

Bangladesh: Education Of Rohingya Children Remains A Leading Concern

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Levels of Education

Vocational Education
Secondary Education
Primary Education
Non-Formal Education
Higher Education
Early Childhood and Pre-Primary Education