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Twitter chat: Education in emergencies

On Wednesday 11 May 2016, join Plan International, the European Commission's Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection, UNICEF, Save the Children and the Global Partnership for Education for an hour-long Twitter Chat on benefits, challenges and solutions for education in emergencies.  

A series of questions will be tweeted by @PlanEU from 11.00 CET and you can follow and take part in the conversation following #EiEChat.


Simply follow the steps below to participate in the conversation:

• You need to have a Twitter account to participate in the #EiEChat. If you don’t already have one, you can set one up at
• Use the hashtag #EiEChat to ensure any messages posted feature in the #EiEChat stream.
• Search #EiEChat to see who is participating and familiarise yourself with the conversation taking place
• Pose questions to the participants by including their twitter handles in your Tweet
• Retweet and reply to relevant Tweets posted by others during the #EiEChat

We look forward to hearing what you have to say!  


37 million children are currently out of school in areas affected by crises. Yet in 2015 less than 2% of global humanitarian funding was allocated to education.

Children’s access to education can be particularly affected. Fewer resources and greater need for help at home and with child minding often mean families cannot afford to send all children to school. In such cases boys’ education tends to be privileged at the expense of girls’. Damaged school infrastructure leads to minimal or non-existent sanitation facilities which can result in low attendance and high drop-out rates among adolescent girls who are menstruating. Emergencies, in particular conflicts, increase levels violence and impunity meaning that in some instances travelling to and from school, girls are at considerable risk of sexual violence, abuse and exploitation.

Why education in emergencies?

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.