Children in fragile, crisis-affected countries are more than twice as likely to be out of school compared with those living in countries not consumed by conflict.
Education is often the first service to disappear in emergencies and the last to be resumed. Traditional aid prioritizes peoples’ most immediate needs – such as food, water, shelter, and protection – with only a fraction of funding put towards education. Yet, education is critical for securing brighter futures for individuals whose lives have been disrupted by conflict or disaster.
With support from Bader Philanthropies, Relief International works to reach and teach generations of children in fragile settings who are disproportionately denied access to education. Our educational programs actively target the most marginalized students, particularly girls.
Our Global Education specialist works to implement interventions to strengthen formal education systems as well as informal programs to fill gaps for children and youth who have fallen behind in school or been denied access altogether. Relief International works to build in best practices into each of our education programs, thereby, monitoring the quality of services provided to students in the 16 fragile settings where we work. We also document lessons learned to share with our peers across the larger community working to provide education in emergencies.