Education: Time to Prioritize

Only 50% of refugee children are in school, and that’s significant considering that millions and millions of children are displaced every year.

The staggering amount of children being denied an education is a clear concern. But for girls the reality is even worse. Their responsibilities at home mean that they are even less likely to attend school, and more likely to experience sexual violence and child marriage.

When crisis hits, money goes to basic needs such as food, medicine, and shelter. Education is often put on a pause. But in the long run, investment in education prevents violence and instability in the future. Despite this, fewer than 2% of humanitarian aid goes toward refugee education. Sesame Street is changing the game, by planting 100 million dollars’ worth of “Sesame Seeds.” Their mission is to reduce the toxic stress that refugee children experience in their daily lives while increasing their access to education.

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Girls need to be in school, period. Gaining access to education for all refugees, especially girls, is an uphill battle. Luckily, we know that girls are powerful and resilient. Here are 7 ways that countries and NGOs can make sure that refugee girls receive the education they deserve.