Education is every child’s right, including children affected by conflict, disaster and other emergencies. But right now, 75 million children and youth – predominantly girls – are out of school in 35 crisis-affected countries.
When a child’s life is uprooted in times of crisis, they can lose their home, their friends and even their loved ones. To ensure these children don’t also lose out on their chance to achieve their dreams and enjoy a brighter future, education must become a priority during emergencies.
Education is the most effective way to normalize children’s lives and help them recover from trauma, teach them how to stay healthy and safe, and ensure they don’t become a generation lost to early and forced marriage, sexual exploitation and a myriad of other dangers. The latter is particularly relevant to girls as they are more vulnerable to abuse and exploitation in times of crisis.
In fact, during crises, girls are 2.5 times more likely to be out of school than boys, and that’s why Plan International is working to ensure education for all children in crisis, especially girls – helping protect them, along with their hopes and future opportunities.
Through our work in refugee camps around the world, we meet many brave and resilient refugee girls and women who, despite the hardships they’ve endured, are optimistic about their futures.
Meet some of these survivors who are benefitting from Plan International’s humanitarian response, and see why many of them believe education will help make their dreams come true!
Jamila – Syrian refugee
Jamila is currently residing in Jordan where we’re working to help tens of thousands of refugees exercise their rights to essentials, including education, job skills training and employment opportunities.
Bernice – Burundian refugee
Bernice is currently residing in Tanzania where we’re supporting thousands of refugees who have fled continuing civil unrest.
Halima – South Sudanese Refugee
Halima is a volunteer teacher at a Plan International-supported early childhood care and development centre at a refugee camp in Uganda, where she helps refugee children simply enjoy being children through fun, games and learning.
Hana – Syrian refugee
Like Jamilia, Hana is one of thousands of Syrian refugees living in Jordan where we’re working to provide humanitarian assistance to those affected by civil war.
Helping refugees thrive
Thanks to donors like you, Plan International is on the ground helping millions of displaced people from around the world.
Education is a priority component of our response to humanitarian emergencies, and we strive to provide quality education opportunities for girls and boys affected by humanitarian crises, with particular focus on adolescent girls, who are among the worst affected by disasters.