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Education's hardest test: scaling up aid in fragile and conflict-affected states

Date: 01 February 2010

A report focusing on the fact that donors have failed to provide sufficient resources to support the education of children and youth in fragile and conflict-affected states, detailing challenges and recommendations.

Children living in countries affected by conflict, fragility, or emergencies are less likely to enrol, continually participate, and complete their basic schooling than their peers living in more stable countries. In these contexts, there may be few operational schools and inadequate government funding for education, and teachers and education officials may have limited capacity and few training opportunites. Conflicts and emergencies in particular can have wide-ranging impacts on education, from disruption of regular school schedules and destruction of learning materials and schools to the displacement and death of students, teachers and parents.

Thus far, however, donors have failed to provide sufficient resources and support to the education of children and youth in these fragile and conflict-affected states.This policy outlook outlines seven challenges that need to be addressed and recommendations for a way forward for donors and the international community:

  • providing sufficient resources
  • supporting recurrent costs
  • coordinating humanitarian and development aid
  • putting in place a viable international aid architecture
  • having long-term predictable commitments, whatever the context
  • supporting national-scale education plans and programs
  • scaling up education programs.
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