In advance of the September Refugee Summits that will take place in two weeks, the Global Campaign for Education – US along with the Jesuit Refugee Service and 80 others members of the civil society such as Global Citizen, Jesuit Refugee and US Fund for UNICEF are alerting on the need to accelerate progress towards universal access to education for displaced children.
As civil society representatives, they call on the UN, the U.S., and world leaders to consider the following recommendations in advance of the September Summits:
- Donor governments must follow-through and deliver the approximately $90 million in pledges made at the World Humanitarian Summit to the new Education Cannot Wait fund for education in emergencies.
- Donor governments must commit to fully funding the first year of Education Cannot Wait by closing the $63 million gap needed to launch this critical platform, with an eye towards meeting the Fund’s 5-year financing plan of $3.85 billion.
- Ensure that at least an additional one million refugees gain access to education as a result of the U.S. Leaders’ Summit and that previous pledges – including those made at the February 2016 Supporting Syria and the Region Conference – are not double-counted.
- Include education as a priority in humanitarian funding appeals and close the current gap in funding for existing appeals. Only 26 percent of education sector financial needs have been met by international donors this year, resulting in a current gap of $469 million.
- Advance priorities included in the July 29 Outcomes Document for the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, including greater access to early childhood education, tertiary education, skills training and vocational education for the displaced.
- Refugee-hosting governments must make commitments towards integrating refugee students and teachers into national school systems, enacting flexible policies related to enrollment criteria and documentation and providing language support programs, if necessary, without discrimination.
- A public accountability mechanism must be put in place to track Summit commitments, including regular public reporting on progress against commitments.
World leaders will gather for the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants (September 19) and U.S. Leaders’ Summit on Refugees (September 20) to agree on policies and set forth commitments that can create significant change in the lives of displaced children who are currently out of school. These Summits follow the May 2016 launch of Education Cannot Wait, a new fund for education in emergencies, which provides a concrete platform for action to address the gap in financing in this sector.
Here you can read the full statement.