Children’s lives and opportunities are shaped by their education however responses to humanitarian emergencies do not prioritize children’s right to learn. Last year, less than 2% of humanitarian aid went toward education. This leaves a funding need of at least $8 billion dollars per year to provide quality emergency education services.

On February 4, 2016, world leaders will convene in London and make funding pledges to support the 13.5 million Syrians affected by conflict, including specific pledges for education.

This is an excellent first step to address education needs for around 7 million Syrian children. However, Syria is not alone. Conference funds won’t reach the 65 Million children missing out on schooling in Niger, South Sudan, Afghanistan and beyond, who are also affected by war, displacement, terrorism and natural disaster. Over half these children are girls. Investment in education can prevent risks of forced labour, child marriage, extremism, lost income and opportunities. Books really can help save and rebuild children’s lives.


Global Citizens are responsible for creating a world where education is a priority for every child, everywhere. That’s where you come in. Together, we must raise our voices to ensure that world leaders commit new funds to adequately fund quality education services and infrastructure for children around the world.  Less than 2% of humanitarian aid is simply not enough in the longer term, when we know that books can build lives.

Ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016, sign the petition and call on World Leaders to commit new funding for education in emergencies through a global humanitarian funding platform.

Tell World Leaders to fund emergency education for displaced children everywhere by signing the petition here.

Words by: Rachel Hislop