A year of school $58
Give one girl the tuition, books and supplies she needs to attend school for one year.
Today, over 62 million children in countries affected by war miss out on school. Many others receive only a poor quality education.
Education for any child is critical, particularly in the early years and for children in crisis zones. Education is not just an opportunity to learn reading and math. It can provide kids with the tools they need to cope with challenges, grow and thrive.
Take our quiz to learn more about the life-changing power of education for children affected by conflict and crisis—and find out what you can do to help.
Of the nearly 26 million refugees around the world, half are under the age of 18.
Millions of very young children have been exposed to extreme violence and forced to flee their homes. In fact, one in ten registered Syrian refugees are under the age of five.
Despite the great need, less than three percent of all humanitarian aid funding goes to education and only a tiny sliver of that three percent goes to educating young children.
“We need to realize that education is indeed a basic need, and a basic right, and an essential service—and arguably lifesaving, especially when children are under such risk and threat,” said Sarah Smith, the senior director of education at the IRC.
The average length of displacement for a refugee is close to 10 years but many are displaced for as long as twenty years. That means a baby can grow into adulthood without ever being able to return to their home country.
As conflicts last longer and people are displaced for decades, the needs of refugees have changed. Education has become increasingly important.
Toxic stress is serious, and children exposed to extreme violence and trauma can suffer both short and long-term consequences.
But children are also resilient, and if we can reach them early, we can reduce this damage and have a positive influence on their lives. Research shows that nurturing care and learning can reverse the effects of toxic stress, and skills developed in early childhood last a lifetime.
The Ahlan Simsim program includes safe spaces for children to grow and learn, parenting sessions and support, and even a new, Arabic-language version of Sesame Street. Its name not only reflects the welcoming, inclusive spirit of the program, but also our goals to restore hope and opportunity to a generation of children.
The IRC provides children, youth and adults with safe, quality educational opportunities that help them learn the skills they need to survive and thrive. You can learn more about our approach to education here.
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