Of these 222 million children and adolescents in need of urgent educational support, no less than 78 million are out of school and nearly 120 million, although in school, do not achieve minimum skills in mathematics or reading.
In fact, among primary and secondary school students affected by crises, only one in ten achieve this level of proficiency, according to this report by the UN Global Fund for Education in Emergencies and Protracted Crises , Education Cannot Wait (ECW).
The paper notes that nearly 85% of out-of-school children affected by crises live in protracted crisis situations. These include, among others, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Yemen. With the war in Ukraine, the number of out-of-school children is still increasing: according to recent estimates, the conflict affects 5.7 million children of school age. “
Help us keep 222 million dreams alive” – António Guterres
More globally, with this “brutal disruption to education” of 222 million children worldwide, the UN chief urges governments, businesses, foundations and individuals to support the essential work done by Education without time limit.
“Let’s make education accessible to every child, wherever they are. Help us keep 222 million dreams alive,” António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, said in a statement.
As the world grapples with the devastating effects of armed conflict, Covid-19 and climate change, 222 million children and adolescents are experiencing these “horrible realities”. “They dream of realizing their potential rather than being victims. Do not abandon them. It is our duty to provide them with an education and thus give them the means to achieve their dreams,” insisted at a UN press briefing in Geneva, Yasmine Sherif, Director of ECW.
The report’s alarming figures add to the findings of a recent study highlighting that education-focused interventions in emergencies and protracted crises continue to suffer from chronic underfunding. And the Covid-19 pandemic seems to have widened the financial resource gap even further.
A financing conference scheduled for February 16 and 17, 2023 in Geneva
Thanks to the private sector, philanthropic foundations and wealthy individuals, more than five million children are already receiving a quality education in more than 40 crisis-affected countries. And to address this serious global education crisis, ECW and several strategic partners today launched the #222MillionDreams resource mobilization campaign.
This is a global call to action. “We are talking about 222 million dreams that represent each of the 222 million children and adolescents whose lives are marked by the extreme adversity of emergencies and protracted crises. Their dreams are shaped by the experience of war and forced displacement,” Ms. Sherif added.
“It is time to act responsibly for the 222 million children and young people in situations of emergency and protracted crisis”, argued for his part in a press release, Gordon Brown, Special Envoy of the United Nations. for Global Education and Chair of the ECW High Level Steering Group.
The #222MillionDreams campaign brings together donors and other strategic partners ahead of the High-Level Financing Conference, co-hosted by Germany, Niger, Norway and South Sudan, to be held February 16-17 2023 in Geneva under the auspices of ECW and Switzerland.