ZOA is convinced that it is of crucial importance to invest in access to quality education for children and youth affected by crises. That is why we support the global #Act 4 Education in Crisis campaign.
Many South-Sudanese and Congolese children affected by the conflict are likely to drop out of school. Many of them cross the border with neighbouring Uganda. Hosting more than 1.2 million refugees from South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo among others, Uganda is the largest refugee-hosting country on the African continent. An alarming 61% of these refugee arrivals is below 18, posing protection concerns to this unprecedented humanitarian crisis. Uganda generously and progressively grants refugee children the right to access education alongside Ugandan children and various partners have stepped in to support the country’s policy. Resources, however, lack. Schools collapse under the weight of the enormous scale of (child) displacement. Poor service delivery puts whole generations at risk.
75 million children living in conflict, crisis, and disaster left behind
Only 2 to 4 per cent of annual humanitarian funding goes to education. This $8.5 billion annual funding has left 75 million children living in conflict, crisis, and disaster behind. Donors are starting to respond to the challenge but much more remains to be done. In Uganda, for example, classrooms are overcrowded and quality of education is compromised due to a lack of (trained) teachers as well as teaching and learning materials. Children that face specific needs – such as children with disabilities or girls – are particularly affected. Drop-out, absenteeism, and out-of-school rates are extremely high.
Global Facts & Figures about children in emergencies
Children and youth in fragile and conflict-affected countries are 30 per cent less likely to complete primary education.
Children and youth in fragile and conflict-affected countries are 50 per cent less likely to complete lower secondary education.
Girls in crisis settings are 2.5 times more likely to drop out of primary school than boys
Access to quality primary education
Supported by Education Cannot Wait, ZOA works with local partner PALM Corps to respond to these needs. We provide refugee and host community children in and around Rhino Camp Refugee Settlement and Imvepi Refugee Settlement in Arua District with access to quality primary education. This way, we contribute to “a world where all children and youth affected by crises can learn free of cost, in safety, and without fear in order to grow and reach their full potential.”
#Act4Education aims to support 9 million children in crisis
Together, we can make sure that children in crisis areas can continue to go to school. The time to Act for Education in Crisis is now. We encourage governments, private sector companies, philanthropic foundations, and global leaders to rise and support the Fund’s efforts to mobilise $1.8 billion by 2021 for 9 million children and youth in crisis. With these resources, the Education Cannot Wait fund can act swiftly in new or escalating crisis areas and provide seed funding to comprehensive, multi-year joint programmes to deliver quality education to children and youth with an emphasis on girls’ access to education.
ZOA supports the global movement to #Act4Education to ensure children living in crisis can access education.
Click here to read more about ZOA’s programme in Uganda.