More climate finance needs to be allocated to education, including in crisis contexts
Still, the promising work education actors do in emergencies remains critically and chronically underfunded.
As countries strive to create education systems that can withstand climate challenges, ensure quality education for all and secure every child's right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment, it’s crucial for governments, development and humanitarian donors and policymakers to both acknowledge and value the role of the EiE sector in local, national and global conversations, adaptation plans and funding.
This includes raising the proportion of predictable multi-year funding for EiE, involving directing funding to reduce risks, prepare for emergencies, take anticipatory action and incorporate climate change adaptation and mitigation into EiE interventions.
Children and young people are taking leadership and demand support
It’s essential to recognize the important role children and young people play worldwide in responses to climate change. We need to support their strong desire to take leadership and contribute.
In crisis situations, children and young people have frequently taken on leadership roles and driven change in addressing climate issues, both in their schools and communities, whether through awareness-raising, community engagement, participation in international climate gatherings, child-led school strikes, peaceful demonstrations, or nonviolent civil disobedience.
Despite this, they are not consistently included in discussions about climate policies. Most importantly, there’s a pressing need to ensure children and youth are prioritized in emergencies and are supported in their right to participate in and influence education and climate decision-making.
The role of the EiE Hub
The EiE Hub was launched in January 2021 to take on big challenges in the EiE sector and generate new knowledge as part of a global community.
Its 44 members, in addition to GPE, include governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions and funds. Each bring their own unique mandates and strengths to the mission of ensuring safe, quality education for all children and youth affected by humanitarian emergencies, protracted crises, displacement and migration.
They are all aware that delivering on Education in Emergencies is indispensable to reach Sustainable Development Goal 4, with crisis-affected and displaced children and young people consistently losing out on continued quality learning.
These members have come together to take unified action. They recognize the shared urgency of addressing the climate and education crises and are committed to pooling resources and efforts to make the greatest possible impact.
With the climate crisis bringing new layers of complexity and ever-increasing challenges to the EiE sector, it is ever more apparent that the path to ensuring the right to quality education for all crisis-affected children and youth is found in working across a nexus of humanitarian, development, and peace partners which includes climate change and environment actors.
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