Half of school-age refugee children do not receive an education

The COVID-19 emergency has blocked many more children from access to education,
and they now run the risk of never being able to return to school.

For a child, living in a situation of forced displacement means losing their home, their family, facing violence and the risk of abuse, exploitation, trafficking, and military recruitment. They are faced with the enormous challenges of finding enough food, having access to clean water and, of course, getting an education: 3.7 million of the world’s 7.1 million refugee school-age children do not go to school.

School closures have had a devastating impact on the lives of refugee children:

  • It makes it exceedingly difficult for them to continue their education.
  • It affects their daily food supply, as many children have their main meal at school.
  • It also hinders access to safe water.
  • It has a direct impact on their lack of protection against violence and on the increase of abuse and exploitation.
  • For girls in particular, it means greater exposure to physical and/or sexual violence and an increase in early pregnancies, child marriages, and female genital mutilation.
Entreculturas defends these minors’ right to education in any circumstance, particularly in emergencies, when education becomes even more necessary. Since the start of this crisis, we have worked to continue protecting these minors and to ensure basic educational coverage through the promotion of online and radio learning, as well as the distribution of school materials to supplement distance learning systems.

This educational crisis has revealed that coordinated action is necessary, as is investing resources to protect the fundamental role that education and school play.

Education is a refuge.