Advocacy Statement

A Call to Action for the Horn of Africa

Agenda 2030 aims to extend the right of education to all children around the world, especially the most vulnerable and excluded. In the past year, the fundamental importance of providing education to children and youth in emergency situations has been recognized and affirmed repeatedly by the international community. Participants at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul explicitly recognized education in emergencies (EiE) as an area worthy of global attention, while acknowledging the historical inadequacy of EiE funding. In response to rising global awareness, the European Union committed to allocate 4% of its humanitarian aid budget to EiE. Also in 2016, a new global fund, Education Cannot Wait, was established to augment funding for EiE, while ECHO announced a commitment to spend 6% of its global humanitarian budget on education.

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