The barriers to education that children and young people are facing today are not just education barriers – they are health, nutrition, safety, protection, and economic barriers too. These barriers are often also caused by and entrench existing inequalities, poverty, and discrimination.
We refuse to ignore lessons learned from COVID-19, climate-induced disasters, conflict, and other crises that disrupt education and jeopardise the rights and lives of millions.
A powerful global call to action demanding whole-child support during emergencies and crises has been developed by key education stakeholders including the 100 Million campaign, Global Students Forum, Global Campaign for Education and World Vision to push governments and other decision-making bodies to take action.
Picture above: AnI IDP (internally displaced people) camp in Azaz, Syria.
The upcoming United Nations Transforming Education Summit provides an historic opportunity to address the learning crisis experienced by the 222 million crisis-affected children and young people are in need of education support. It is time to accelerate action to deliver free, universal, safe, and lifelong quality education and not make yet another set of empty promises to the world’s most vulnerable children and young people.
The 100 Million campaign organised three global youth consultations to capture the insight, expertise and experiences of a diverse group of youth-led organisations, refugee activists and student unions around the world. Their feedback has been used to co-create the 'Three Transformations for Whole-Child Support in Emergencies and Crises' call to action.
Endorsed by over 90 organisations, from INGOs, to global unions such as Education International and the Global Student Forum, with a majority of signatories youth- or student- led organisations, it is a powerful statement of our collective concern and demands.
Download the Call to Action below and click the images share the demands on social media!