Education at the World Humanitarian Summit

Live updates from Istanbul

Ayodele Ponle teaches girls English during a class, at the Government Secondary School in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri in Borno State. © UNICEF/UNI193723/Esiebo

The world is witnessing the highest number of people displaced from their homes since the Second World War leading to enormous humanitarian needs. This is why, for the first time in the 70-year history of the United Nations, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has convened the World Humanitarian Summit

Over 5,000 participants, including heads of state, ministers, UN representatives, advocates, and civil society leaders are convening to address the great humanitarian crises of our time. 

Children are often the hardest hit in times of emergencies and protracted crises, and ensuring their education is not disrupted will give them the chance at a better future. 

In addition to being the theme of several side events, education will take center stage with the launch of Education Cannot Wait, a new fund to better coordinate support for and drive investment in education for children and youth affected by humanitarian emergencies and protracted crises. 

The Global Partnership for Education has been involved in the design and launch of Education Cannot Wait, and is organizing a side event on Tuesday, May 24th on "Education in emergencies and protracted crises: Towards a strengthened response in African nations".

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