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UN General Assembly 67th session: Education cannot wait - Protecting children and youth’s right to a quality education in humanitarian emergencies and conflict situations

A statement endorsed by global leaders from governments, international organizations and civil society on September 24, 2012 at the United Nations General Assembly demanding attention to children's education in crisis countries.

As part of the three key barriers need to be addressed in order to ensure the right to education in crisis-affected contexts, it considers: "Education sector plans and budgets are 'emergency blind': Few Education Sector Plans and budgets address disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness, response and recovery. This lack of plans, capacity and resources makes it harder for schools to keep children and youth safe and continue to hold classes when a crisis strikes, to inform communities of risks and actions to take, and for education systems to recover after a crisis."

It then calls for integrating emergency prevention, preparedness, response and recovery in education sector plans and budgets, including: (i) conflict and disaster risk and impacts on the education system as part of all sector assessments, and integrating education in emergency related indicators into Education Monitoring and Information Systems (EMIS); and (ii) ensuring that disaster risk and safety considerations in education policy and planning are guided by the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) 'Minimum standards for education: preparedness, response, recovery.'

The full list of participating organizations and countries includes the governments of Australia, Côte d’Ivoire, Denmark, Liberia, Niger, Norway, Qatar, Rwanda and the United Kingdom, as well as Comic Relief, Education International, the Global Campaign for Education, the Global Partnership for Education, the Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies, Pearson International, Plan International, Save the Children, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNOCHA, and the World Bank.

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  • Themes:Civil Society/NGOs, Community-based DRR, Economics of DRR, Education & School Safety, Fragility and conflict, Governance, Inclusion
  • Countries/Regions:Australia, Côte d'Ivoire, Denmark, Liberia, Niger, Norway, Qatar, Rwanda, United Kingdom

  • Short URL:http://preventionweb.net/go/28645

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