Why is education necessary in crisis situations?

Education not only supports children' psychological and social welfare by re establishing a routine and team work, but it is also a source of well being for the community as a whole. Education also prevents minors from risk conducts such as early sex, drugs, crime and other conflicts. The teachers are a key tool in this process, sometimes real heroes. The culture of life in opposition to the culture of death gains strength in education, even during crisis situations.

In addition, education is often a tool for access to other services and rights. Through education, the autonomy of the refugees is promoted and their leadership abilities are strengthened. Education is also a way of transmitting simple and direct messages related to health, sanitary services, nourishment and other resources. Education activities keep the children busy while their parents try to adapt to the new situation: standing in lines to receive food, registering in the camps, setting up tents (their new homes), etc.

Without well structured services and   activities, the refugees, especially children and youth, find a greater difficulty in facing emergency and violence situations and the impact of their displacement. The students find difficulty in taking up their studies after a long period of interruption. If education is not taken up since the first stages of emergency, it is more difficult to establish further on. All this has to be carried out in coordination between and inside the different camps to ensure that the quality and opportunities for education and other social services are at the same level.