Education at the World Humanitarian Summit

The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) took place in Istanbul, Turkey from 23-24 May. The World is witnessing the highest level of human suffering since the Second World War. This is why, for the first time in the 70-year history of the United Nations, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon convened the World Humanitarian Summit. At the Summit, a global fund to priorise education in humanitarian action was launched, called Education Cannot Wait.

Below is selected education news from the WHS:

Education Cannot Wait Fund Launches to Address Global Education Crisis (joint press release) – On 23 May 2016, global and national organizations launched a new fund to better coordinate support for, and drive investment in, education for children and youth affected by humanitarian emergencies and protracted crises.

Five reasons why we need a global fund for education in emergencies (ODI) - Last year, with the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the world made a promise that by 2030 all girls and boys would complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education. Emergencies and protracted crises are one of the biggest challenges to reaching that goal.

Four Schools or Hospitals Attacked or Occupied Every Day (UNICEF) – An average of four schools or hospitals are attacked or occupied by armed forces and groups every day – according to UNICEF analysis released in time for the World Humanitarian Summit.

In any humanitarian crisis, educating children must be part of the response (The Guardian) - Beyond raising the visibility and sense of urgency around the growing challenges of conflict and crisis in nearly every region of the world, the Summit intends to improve the international community’s response to humanitarian emergencies.

Children Caught in Humanitarian Crises Cannot Wait for Education (World Humanitarian Summit blog) - An estimated 75 million children aged 3-18 are affected by emergencies and protracted crisis around the world. There are also 17 million school-age refugee children and internally displaced who face particular challenges often losing out on their education.

Education at the World Humanitarian Summit (Global Partnership for Education) - A collection of live social media updates from the WHS.

Private Sector to Mobilize $100 Million for New Fund for Education in Emergencies (Global Business Coalition for Education) - On the opening day of the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, Global Business Coalition for Education Executive Chair Sarah Brown announced that the Coalition will mobilize $100 million in financial and relevant in-kind contributions for the Education Cannot Wait fund, launched at the Summit.

Education Cannot Wait (Project Syndicate) - The new “Education Cannot Wait” fund will respond to new realities and requirements. The breakthrough fund will support the education of refugees for up to five years, instead of the mere months of patchwork provisions that are presently on offer.

Education Is the Key to Breaking the Cycle of Violence (TIME) - Education is on the front line of conflict today. School children are forced into militias. They are kidnapped and enslaved. Their teachers are abducted and killed. Classrooms have become torture chambers — playgrounds are used to stockpile weapons.

Back to News & Events