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Upcoming Challenge: Education in Emergencies

With their education disrupted by violence or natural disaster and marked by instability, more than 124 million children living in more than 35 emergency-affected countries are out of school (UNESCO, 2015). Moreover, girls are 2.5 times more likely to be out of school than boys in conflict-affected regions. 

How might we improve educational outcomes for children and youth—particularly girls—in emergency situations?

Education provides a foundation for children’s long-term well being, instilling in them the knowledge and tools they need to thrive mentally, economically, and socially. Inadequate or interrupted education can thus lead to destabilization at the individual, community, and even regional levels.  This open innovation challenge seeks solutions that will foster improved learning for boys and girls in a variety of emergency situations, recognizing and targeting girls’ disproportionate exclusion from educational opportunities. 

We have identified these key indicative Opportunity Areas for the Challenge:

· Improving access to and delivery of education through technology

· Increasing participation in education by enabling children and youth to feel safe

· Enhancing the quality and relevance of educational content and delivery

· Enabling communities to support education


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