Displaced Children and Youth Face Disrupted Education

Displaced children and youth have interrupted and disrupted education: refugee children are five times more likely to be out of school than non-refugee children, and conflict-affected countries are typically among the farthest from reaching global education targets to ensure all children receive quality primary and secondary education.
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the problem
Nature and Context

Displaced children struggle to access education, regardless of where they live. Many factors limit educational opportunities for children and youth affected by displacement, including language and residency barriers, increased poverty and child labor, and early marriage and other gender-based issues. For the estimated 75 percent of refugees and displaced youth living outside camps and formal systems, accessing education can be even more difficult. While relying on informal learning centers, local NGOs, and online learning can increase access, their use has not yet been adopted or resourced at scale.

Symptoms and Causes

Limited physical infrastructure, insufficient teachers and human capital, and violence targeting schools themselves increase the acute difficulties in delivering education to refugee and displaced children and youth. In recent years, members of the global community have piloted the use of approaches like double-shift systems, radio-based curricula, and virtual learning tools, but worldwide, schools are still overcrowded and at-risk students are still left behind. How can we improve education delivery systems?

the impact
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During crises, education can provide children with life-saving survival skills and can protect them from violence, exploitation, criminal activity, and disease. In the long term, education can help manage the psychological impacts of conflict and displacement, counter ideas of radicalization and exclusion, and foster alternative social narratives. Throughout, it also improves health outcomes and increases economic development for individuals, families, and countries.

Ideas Description

Outline solutions to help increase access to learning—for example, by scaling promising learning technologies. Suggest new models, techniques, and concepts that address key barriers to education delivery for students affected by crises. Propose tools and strategies to measure, monitor, and achieve quality learning, especially to overcome resource limitations, language barriers, and geographic challenges.

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