The Global Monitoring Report: The Hidden Crisis: Armed Conflict and Education was launched from UNESCO.
The report highlights the hidden crisis of millions of children missing out on education, alerting the world to the fact that we are not on track to achieve the education for all targets. Although progress has been made in many areas, too many children living in countries affected by armed conflict are still denied access to education.
As a key contributor to the report, Save the Children warns that if the international community does not act now, there could be more children out of school in 2015 than there are today.
We are concerned that despite all the evidence stressing the importance of investing in these countries, the commitment to providing financial resources to support governments, teachers and schools to deliver education to all children is still lacking.
Save the Children’s influence
Save the Children has been delivering quality education programmes in states affected by conflict for decades.
Our combined effort with partners means that since 2005, we’ve enabled 1.7 million children to have access to education in conflict-affected countries and shows that it is possible to get even the hardest-to-reach children into school.
Through our Rewrite the Future campaign, which was honored with an award by the Qatar-based World Innovation Summit for Excellence (WISE), Save the Children has been instrumental in drawing the attention of the world to the hidden crisis of education in conflict and influencing the focus of the Global Monitoring Report 2011.
Every child has a right to education and we need to ensure that every effort is taken so that those living in the midst of conflict are afforded this right.
Violent conflict is one of the greatest development challenges facing the international community. Beyond the immediate human suffering it causes, it is a source of poverty, inequality and economic stagnation. Children and education systems are often on the front line of violent conflict.
The 2011 Global Monitoring Report examines the damaging consequences of conflict for the Education for All goals. It sets out an agenda for protecting the right to education during conflict, strengthening provision for children, youth and adults affected by conflict, and rebuilding education systems in countries emerging from conflict. The Report also explores the role of inappropriate education policies in creating conditions for violent conflict. Drawing on experience from a range of countries, it identifies problems and sets out solutions that can help make education a force for peace, social cohesion and human dignity.