All over the world, children are growing up in conflict situations. They are often the first to lose out, when for example, schools are destroyed, or they need to leave their homes. Theirworld is spreading the message that children need access to care, schooling and safe places in areas of conflict, so that they can be looked after and still have a chance to thrive and fulfil their potential.
Refugees and internally displaced children often do not have access to education or schools. This page defines the difference between refugees and internally displaced people, and describes several ways they may be supported.
While humanitarian responses typically focus on the physical needs of children ages 0 to 5, negative experiences caused by crisis can also lead to poor cognitive and socioemotional development, hampering future learning and increasing the risk for long term health and behaviour problems. Early childhood programmes that provide nurturing care, a safe environment to play and learn, and support for caregivers ensure children not only survive, but have the best start for a good future.
February 17, 2017 &emdash; Despite the tremendous need, early childhood development remains seriously under-prioritised in emergency response. This brief outlines the shortfalls in the provision of Safe Spaces for children to grow and thrive in emergency, conflict, or vulnerable environments.
September 01, 2016 &emdash; Poverty, terror and threat of famine have forced 2.7 million people to flee and left nine million in dire need of aid in the Lake Chad Basin. Theirworld says years of violence and displacement against a backdrop of poverty in the region have created a huge humanitarian crisis.
Young children caught up in conflicts or crises may spend years displaced from their homes. This briefing explains how early childhood development services are crucial.