Children and families affected by conflict in Ukraine need your support.
Education is a fundamental right, yet in times of conflict and disaster it is often significantly disrupted, denying millions of girls and boys 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.
Globally, 35% of all out-of-school children of primary age, 25% of all out-of-school adolescents of lower secondary age, and 18% of all out-of-school youth of upper secondary age live in conflict-affected areas.
Education is an urgent priority in emergencies because it:
Plan International’s education in emergencies programme strives to provide quality formal and non-formal education opportunities that meet the needs of girls and boys affected by humanitarian crises. Our work has a particular focus on adolescent girls who are among the worst affected by disasters. As part of our work we ensure they receive the emotional support they need to recover from their experiences.
Our education in emergencies work involves being prepared before an emergency – including teacher training and ensuring buildings are safe. We also implement the programme immediately following an emergency, and through all phases of the response.
Plan International provides education in emergencies support in conflict-affected fragile states, refugee situations and in countries affected by other types of emergencies. Current responses include work with refugees in Cox’s Bazaar in Bangladesh, the ongoing conflicts in the Sahel, South Sudan and Tigray (Ethiopia), and the migrant crisis in South America.
To address the biggest violations of children’s rights, Plan International began work in Jordan in 2016. We are supporting young children to overcome emotional distress from the war in Syria and get an education.
We use the INEE minimum standards for education, preparedness, response and recovery and the Child Protection in Humanitarian Action minimum standards as the guiding frameworks for our education in emergencies programming.