Education in Emergencies

In Palestine, protracted conflict keeps children out of school system and disrupt their education and learning. In crisis-affected areas, school-age children are more than twice as likely to be out of school as their peers in other countries. UNESCO, as the lead UN agency for education, has promoted continuous access to lifelong quality education as a priority for children and families affected by conflicts, and mitigate the impact of crises through continuous education. Education in emergencies comprises all efforts to guarantee access to quality learning opportunities for all ages in conflict and emergency situations, including the offer of safe spaces for learning, as well as saving lives by providing physical protection and conveying life-saving information. Within the framework of Crisis-Disaster Risk Reduction, UNESCO supported schools in Gaza and the Access Restricted Areas (ARA) as safe zones through first aid training for teachers and students, familiarizing best safety practices, psychosocial support, and introducing SMS alert system for real time protection. To better respond to alarming crises in marginalized West Bank communities and especially in Gaza, in 2018 UNESCO joined the Education Cannot Wait – the first global fund dedicated to education in emergencies – taskforce in Palestine with partners. As a member of the taskforce, UNESCO will effectively address the crises and scale up equitable access to education, system strengthening with teachers’ capacity building.