In 2015, the international community signed up to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), aiming to achieve a sustainable world free from extreme poverty by 2030. SDG4 calls for “quality education for all”, yet achieving this is a long way off. 

Globally, 224 million school-aged children and young people are affected by climate- or conflict-related emergencies, with the most vulnerable learners, including girls, refugee children and children with disabilities, disproportionately affected.  This represents an almost 200% increase from 2016. 

Providing education in emergencies is life-saving and life-protecting, providing children with the skills to escape crises, build their resilience and sustain their hope for a brighter future. In December, world leaders will convene for two important international meetings that provide landmark opportunities to address these challenges, strengthen global resilience, and protect children’s right to education. 

Check out our action materials for advice on how to raise your concerns about education in emergencies with your MP, to enlist them to persuade the Government to show international leadership in December. You can also take our e-action!

Image: School children in Tambon Mae La, Myanmar. Photo by Z on Unsplash.