UN General Assembly 2016: world leaders need to deliver education for children in emergencies

Education funding, Education in emergencies

Syrian refugee Rima now sells tissues on the street instead of being in school in Turkey and fulfilling her potential 


Leaders from around the world will gather in New York to attend high-level meetings at the United Nations General Assembly.

In their hands is the future of millions of children who are denied an education because of humanitarian emergencies including conflicts and natural disasters.

Children like Rima, a Syrian girl who was top of her class back in Aleppo and planned to become a doctor.

Her family fled from the civil war to Turkey and Rima is forced to work selling tissues in the street to support her family rather than being in school.

Another 75 million children and youth aged three to 18 living in crisis-affected countries are in desperate need of educational support.

Theirworld – the children’s charity behind A World at School – calls on leaders attending the UN General Assembly to make real commitments that will deliver education for children living in emergencies.

Among the big events happening are the launch of the Education Commission’s report on September 18, summits on the global refugee crisis on September 19 and 20, a meeting of the co-hosts of the Supporting Syria conference on September 20 and a breakfast event hosted by the Global Business Coalition for Education on September 21.

How you can help

We need to keep up the pressure on them. Can you post a message on the Facebook profiles of the co-hosts – using the #SafeSchools and #SupportSyrians hashtags – reminding them to keep their promise to get all Syrian refugee children into school?

Here are their Facebook pages:

United  Kingdom Department for International Development
Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway
John Kerry, United States Secretary of State
Kuwait Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Please be polite – abusive messages will just get ignored or deleted. A simple reminder that promises to children should never be broken is firm enough.

In our tweets below you can find links to our latest updates leading up to and during the New York meetings.


























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