Policy in Brief: The Consequences of Not Investing In Education in Emergencies
Education is an investment. Yet around the world and in some of the poorest countries most in need of investments in basic education, more than 58 million children remain out of school. While domestic financing has scaled-up over the last decade, it has not scaled up everywhere or nearly fast enough. Donor aid to basic education, already inadequate, is declining — most rapidly in the poorest settings.
The financing situation is bleak for basic education, but in conflict and disaster settings it is absolutely devastating. As a recent policy paper from the Education for All Global Monitoring Report (GMR) makes clear, ‘inefficient humanitarian and development aid systems, together with insufficient levels of domestic financing’ are excluding millions of children and adolescents from education.3 The epicenter of the basic education crisis is in these emergency settings and yet in 2014 only 1% of overall humanitarian aid and 2% of humanitarian appeals went to education, leaving millions of children and their families without a way to build a future.