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Education

During conflict and crisis, education protects children and sets them up for a better future. It provides a sense of hope and enables them to recover, learn and thrive. However, over 62 million children in countries affected by war remain out of school, while many others receive only a poor quality education. Despite this great need, education has received less than two percent of all humanitarian aid in recent years.

Our goals

Poor access to education can undermine people’s potential to improve their lives. The International Rescue Committee provides children, youth and adults with educational opportunities that help keep them safe and learning the skills they need to survive and thrive.
  • Ensure that children aged 0 to 5 develop cognitive and social-emotional skills


    How we get there:

    • Supporting parents in providing consistent, nurturing and supportive behaviors towards young children, including engaging in supportive play and learning activities;
    • Providing young children with access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education.

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  • Ensure that school-aged children develop literacy, numeracy and social-emotional skills


    How we get there:

    • Creating quality learning spaces in formal schools and informal education settings, such as community-based education and accelerated learning programs for children who have missed years of schooling;
    • Providing teaching and learning materials so teachers and facilitators are equipped to teach meaningful lessons.

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  • Ensure that youth and adults have high levels of livelihood, literacy, numeracy and social-emotional skills


    How we get there:

    • Providing learning opportunities that teach employment-related and trade-specific technical skills, such as budgeting, accounting and marketing;
    • Supporting the development of social and emotional skills people need to control emotions, set goals, make decisions, persevere and bounce back in the face of setbacks.

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Our impact

In 2016, the International Rescue Committee and our partners helped:

1.5 Million

children with schooling and educational opportunities.

Syrian mothers at Arbat camp in Iraq wouldn’t sit by as their daughters lost an education. Instead, they took action.

Read their story.
33,000

educators receive training.

Sinan is part of the IRC's Healing Classrooms initiative, which trains educators in teaching techniques that help students in conflict zones to feel safe and to learn.

Read her story.
11,000+

schools get the support they need.

We help ensure that youth and adults have high levels of livelihood, literacy, numeracy and social-emotional skills.

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