Advocacy Statement

No Time to Wait: A Call to Increase Investments for Young Children and Families Facing COVID-19 and Displacement

Published by
Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE)
Authored by
Written by Dr. Joan Lombardi, Early Opportunities; Nada Elattar, UNICEF; Dr. Sweta Shah, Aga Khan Foundation
Published
Topic(s)
Levels of Learning - Early Childhood Development
Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Forced Displacement - Refugees

A Call to Increase Investments for Young Children and Families Facing COVID-19 and Displacement

World Refugee Day shines a spotlight on those that flee their homes in search of safety and hope for the future. Millions of refugees like Safa and her family are now facing a double burden with the COVID-19 pandemic. But negative development outcomes are not inevitable. There is a wealth of knowledge and experience to show that investing in early learning and caregiver support in humanitarian contexts can help to rebuild children and families’ resilience, resulting in both short and long-term gains. As the world responds to this new pandemic, we must not forget young refugees and their families.

This resource was published as a blog post on the INEE website on 19 June 2020.