It’s time to reinvest to meet the growing education needs post covid-19
Funding for education in emergencies (EiE) is far from meeting the needs of millions of school-aged children and youth affected by crises and requiring education support.
This is the conclusion of a new report released today by the Geneva Global Hub on EiE at an event hosted by the UN Permanent Missions of Switzerland and Niger. For the first time, the report provides a comprehensive assessment of the multiple different funding sources for EiE.
In 2021, humanitarian funding for EiE reached a record level of $807 million. But, with needs growing even quicker because of conflict, climate change, and the COVID-19 pandemic, this was insufficient to provide millions of children with safe, inclusive, and quality education.
also needed. Official development assistance for education in crisis countries reached $5.7 billion in
2020, more than eight times the level of humanitarian assistance. This can be leveraged further to
support better learning outcomes for children, but that will only happen with greater coordination
between all education actors to make sure the limited funding available for EiE is allocated to where
it is needed most.
a stronger political commitment to EiE. And these key recommendations for EiE financing will be
important in the leadup to the next High-Level Financing Conference for Education Cannot Wait
(ECW), which ECW Director Yasmine Sherif announced will take place in February 2023. Donors will
be asked to make specific commitments to fund EiE, and the recommendations in this report should
be reflected in those commitments.
“We are calling on world leaders, donors, the private sector, and philanthropic foundations to step up
with the absolute fierce urgency of now to respond to this crisis of epic proportions,” said Sherif.
“Our investment in education today – for girls and boys caught in protracted crises and emergencies
– is our investment in the dreams and hopes of each of these children, and in a more peaceful, more
prosperous and humane world tomorrow. Without substantial additional, predictable, and flexible
funding to immediately scale up the support for safe, continuing, inclusive quality education for girls
and boys caught in the most challenging crisis contexts, we will not achieve Sustainable Development
Goal 4 (SDG) and all other SDGs.”