SpeakerName: Mr. Dean Brooks, Director, International Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE), New York, USA
Description: This presentation shared the realities conflict has on education and the efforts made to address the situation. There are still 58 million primary school aged children and youth out of school, of which 50% live in conflict zones. Additionally, over one-third of the 69 million adolescents out-of-school globally live in conflict-affected countries. With the growing prevalence of humanitarian emergencies, the number of people forcibly displaced by war or persecution has skyrocketed to 51.2 million—16.7 million refugees and 33.3 million internally displaced persons—the highest number ever recorded. Furthermore, one hundred million children and young people are affected by disasters every year, causing great disruption to their schooling. Situations of emergency not only affect students’ access to education, but also often disrupt the availability of—and support for—teachers and education staff, heavily damaged educational infrastructure, and impact education systems as a whole. Despite the importance and critical need for education in crisis situations, it is one of the least supported sectors in humanitarian response; in 2014, less than one percent of humanitarian aid was directed towards education, leaving millions of children and youth with few prospects and little hope for achieving a quality education.