Education in situations of crisis and conflict

Half of the children who do not attend school today live in areas affected by crisis and conflict. The Government is therefore intensifying its efforts to promote the provision of education in fragile states and areas affected by crisis and conflict.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working actively to ensure that measures to improve education are integrated into Norway’s overall humanitarian efforts. The proportion of Norway’s humanitarian assistance that is allocated to education will be increased, and we are playing a leading role in advocating that 4 % of global humanitarian aid should go to education.

Efforts to protect education will be part of this work, including the protection of schools from military use during armed conflict, and from natural disasters. It is particularly important to reach children who have in some way been affected by or forced to flee because of natural disasters, war, conflict or persecution. The Government’s goal is to help ensure that one million more children affected by crisis and conflict who do not attend school today receive a quality education by 2017. In working towards this goal, our most important partners are the UN Children’s Fund (Unicef), the Norwegian Refugee Council, Save the Children and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Barn i flyktningleir for syriske flyktninger i Tyrkia

Children in a refugee camp for Syrian refugees in Turkey. Credit: F.O.Andersen, MFA

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is one of the main supporters of Unicef's ‘No Lost Generation’ initiative, which seeks to give Syrian children in Syria and its neighbouring countries access to education. Vulnerable children in Syria’s neighbouring countries are also covered by the initiative.

For more information about Norway’s efforts in the field of global education, see the white paper Education for Development.