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Don't Leave Them Out: 80 Million Children Need Urgent Action on Funding Education in Emergencies (March 2016)

There are 80 million children whose education is affected by natural disasters or conflicts - funding is urgently needed to address the situation.

Around the world, 80 million children have had their education disrupted by emergencies, with 37 million of them forced out of school.

Record numbers of attacks on schools, natural disasters and, in Syria, the largest refugee crisis since World War II have increased the need for education funding by 21 % since 2010.

But despite huge levels of need, donor funding for education has fallen by 41% over the same period. Less than 2% of all humanitarian funding goes to education.

There is now an $8.5 billion humanitarian funding gap every year. And only 12% of children in emergency situations are getting help with education.

The scorecard looks at 28 countries with large out-of-school populations and assesses how much of their needed funding has been received. It spotlights in particular the situation in Syria and neighbouring countries.

It made three recommendations for leaders gathering at the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016:

  • Launch an ambitious new platform for education in emergencies and commit to providing at least $4 billion in funding, reaching 20 million children annually within the first five years, with a plan in place to reach all children by 2030.
  • Urgently publish the schedule and scale of donor commitments made to education so that host countries can plan and prioritise accordingly.
  • Commit to prioritising the funding of education in every emergency response including natural disasters, conflicts and health crises.

Since the scorecard was published, the Education Cannot Wait fund was launched. It has a five-year funding target of $3.85 billion and aims to help more than 13 million children over the next five years and 75 million by 2030. 

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A World At School - Scorecard - Don't leave them out: 80 Million Children Need Urgent Action on Funding Education in Emergencies (June 2016)

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