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Calling for a doubling of aid for education resources

05 February 2016

Our article in the New Statesman 'Learning from failure, what the world’s refugee crises are teaching world leaders and humanitarians'  Click here for the full article (opens in a new window) in response to the 'Supporting Syria in the Region conference' in London, calls for a doubling of aid for education resources in the region from 2 to 4 per cent of all humanitarian aid.

While we wholeheartedly welcome the increased pledges, with a UNHCR estimate of nearly 60 million individuals fleeing their homes due to war, persecution and violence, swift action following those pledges is vital.


Syria is one example of failure. Today, one third of Syria’s 6.4m school-aged children are not in school, have never been inside a school or have lost more than four years of education.


The Marshall Plan recognised and addressed the basic needs and rights of refugees everywhere. The assumption, proven correct by Europe’s postwar rebirth, was that some things cannot wait a generation. Access to education for children displaced by today’s conflicts ranks highest among these.