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Education in emergencies

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Education is a fundamental right, yet in times of conflict and disaster it is often significantly disrupted, denying millions of children the opportunity to have a quality, safe education.

Schools are in many instances occupied by armed groups or used as evacuation shelters, making education impossible.

Plan International’s education in emergencies programme strives to provide quality formal and non-formal education opportunities that meet the needs of children affected by humanitarian crises.

Find a listing of our education in emergencies publications and research here.

Education during conflict

Education is an urgent priority in emergencies because it:

  • provides a safe space for children, where they are protected from physical harm
  • is a key vehicle through which children can learn about preventable diseases, nutrition, hygiene and other life-saving topics
  • provides space to teach new skills and values, such as peace, tolerance, conflict resolution, democracy, human rights, environmental conservation and disaster risk reduction
  • normalises children‘s lives, and improves psychosocial wellbeing
  • continues children‘s learning, to ensure bright futures for them, their families, communities and countries.

Safe education

Our education in emergencies work involves being prepared before an emergency – including teacher training, ensuring buildings are safe and obtaining curricula to be used. We also implement the programme immediately following an emergency, and through all phases of the emergency.

Plan International has responded to numerous disasters and provides education in emergencies support in conflict-affected fragile states and refugee situations and in countries affected by other types of emergencies – such as Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and the ongoing conflict in South Sudan.

Plan International is an active member of the Global Education Cluster Working Group*, Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) Minimum Standards Working Group* and INEE Education Cannot Wait Advocacy Working Group*.

Plan International strives to observe INEE minimum standards* and Child Protection Working Group minimum standards.

* Plan International is not responsible for the content on external websites