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The hidden crisis: Armed conflict and education


Violent conflict is one of the greatest development challenges facing the international community. Beyond the immediate human suffering it causes, it is a source of poverty, inequality and economic stagnation. Children and education systems are often on the front line of violent conflict.

The 2011 Global Monitoring Report examines the damaging consequences of conflict for the Education for All goals. It sets out an agenda for protecting the right to education during conflict, strengthening provision for children, youth and adults affected by conflict, and rebuilding education systems in countries emerging from conflict. The Report also explores the role of inappropriate education policies in creating conditions for violent conflict. Drawing on experience from a range of countries, it identifies problems and sets out solutions that can help make education a force for peace, social cohesion and human dignity.

  • Armed conflict is robbing 28 million children of an education by exposing them to widespread sexual violence, targeted attacks on schools and other abuses.
  • The Report released on March 1, calls for tougher action against human rights violations, an overhaul of global aid priorities and more attention to education’s potential to foster peace.
  • Education accounts for just 2% of humanitarian aid
  • 6 days of military spending by aid donors would close the US$16 billion Education for All external financing gap


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  • Kevin Watkins presents the EFA-GMR 2011
  • EFA GMR 2011 Bangladesh
  • Speech of HM Queen Rania Al Abdullah at EFA GMR Regional Launch, Amman 30 May 2011
  • EFA-GMR 2011 - The hidden crisis: Armed conflict and education