World Humanitarian Day: A call for global action to protect individuals affected by conflict

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15-year-old Abdul Mutallab, gathers grass to sell at an internally displaced people settlement in Nigeria. Abdul has no family in the settlement. He followed this group when they were running away from attacks and got separated from his own family. Credit: GPE/Kelley Lynch

15-year-old Abdul Mutallab, gathers grass to sell at an internally displaced people settlement in Nigeria. Abdul has no family in the settlement. He followed this group when they were running away from attacks and got separated from his own family.

CREDIT: Credit: GPE/Kelley Lynch

World Humanitarian Day is held every year on August 19 to raise awareness and support for those individuals that are affected by crisis around the world. It is also a day to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives to support those in need.

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An estimated 75 million children aged 3 to 18 live in countries facing war and violence and need educational support. In many countries, armed groups target schools, teachers, and students. These attacks make children drop out of school and become vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.

The Global Partnership for Education supports countries affected by fragility and conflict and helps them strengthen and rebuild their education systems so that children can continue going to school and learning. Part of it is to help prepare interim education sector plans to help bridge education work between the immediate crisis and mid- to long-term development. 60% of GPE funding goes to partner countries that are affected by fragility and conflict, showing that this is a GPE priority.

World Humanitarian Day represents an opportunity to raise our voices to advocate for those individuals who are affected by conflict or natural disaster, and ensure that children can continue with their education even in difficult times.

On this important day, we also thank our partners on the ground for their help and commitment when crisis arise.

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The Global Partnership for Education Secretariat is headquartered in Washington DC and has approximately 100 staff. The Secretariat provides administrative and operational support to all its partners including...

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