Our goal is to urgently address the need for transformative, inclusive and equitable education and lifelong learning opportunities for all situations of emergencies, especially for children and youth.The migration crises around the world have dramatically exacerbated multiple crises primarily related to conflict and violence, sudden and slow-onset emergencies, forced displacement of people within and across national borders, natural and man-made disasters, and ongoing public health emergencies.
Education is a fundamental human right recognized by numerous international instruments and treaties that create the Right to Education Framework, among other this includes the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 26, 1948). The recognition of the right to education is linked to a better life for all people, not only in terms of knowledge and skills, but also as a safe space that protects individuals, communities and society as a whole. Moreover, the longer people live without education and are constantly exposed to socioeconomic and political exclusion, the less likely they are to return to school. Therefore, education in emergencies must be a priority in the response to all types of crises.
This call to action provides a set of policy recommendations for governments to guide our coordinated and collaborative advocacy and lobbying efforts over the coming years to achieve transformative, inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for everyone in emergency contexts.