By Joseph Nhan-O’Reilly, Head of Education Policy & Advocacy at Save the Children, Chair of the Global Book Alliance and a member of the Executive Committee of Education Cannot Wait.
Last week, UNESCO headquarters in Paris was abuzz with policy makers, practitioners, students and teachers who had gathered for Mobile Learning Week 2017.
Jointly organised by UNESCO and UNHCR the theme of the week was ‘education in emergencies and crises’.
Events throughout the week focussed on how affordable technology can preserve the continuity of learning in conflict and disaster contexts, open and enrich learning opportunities for refugees and other displaced people and facilitate the integration of learners in new schools and communities.
With 75 million children aged 3-18 years living in 35 crisis-affected countries in need of educational support, we urgently require both new approaches and to scale up proven methods of providing children affected by crisis with quality learning opportunities.
Among this larger figure are 10 million child refugees, who having fled their country seeking protection from violence and persecution and face the double jeopardy of losing both their homes and their education.
‘No more excuses’, a briefing paper jointly released by the UNESCO Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report and UN High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016 revealed the appalling state of refugee children’s access to learning opportunities, with only 50% of refugee children in primary school and 25% of refugee adolescents in secondary school. Continue reading