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Education in War Zone

Many children in Nuba Mountains, Darfur, Blue Nile, and South Sudan are out of schools because of ongoing conflict.

These regions have one of the largest number of children who are not attending school at all. As millions of children in war zones are deprived of receiving an education, they are increasingly facing risks of early marriage, child labor, and recruitment into armed groups.

More than 75 million children and young people (aged 3-18) are out of school in 35 crisis-affected countries. Yet less than 2% of global humanitarian aid goes towards education.

Even when children are able to access education in conflict-affected countries there are huge challenges – like overcrowded classrooms, lack of teachers and resources, and violence in or on-route to school.

Girls writing on the ground

Interrupted Education

As conflict erupts in Sudan and South Sudan, children’s access to education is always sacrificed. Their schools are bombed and teachers run away to different areas. Lack of access to education stunts their futures and halts progress in these remote areas of Nuba Mountains, Darfur, and Blue Nile.

Education and literacy skills obtained in schools provides an escape from extreme poverty by unlocking human potential leading to better health, better employment opportunities, and safer and more stable communities.

Keeping children in safe environment for education during wars and other emergencies is a life-saving priority for children and their families.

This is because it helps children to keep some sense of normalcy in an otherwise traumatic situation. Education also improves the prospects for recovery and longer-term wellbeing.

Long-Term Effects of War

Children affected by war and conflict face long-term impacts on their health, wellbeing, and learning throughout their lives.

In addition, interrupted education leads to high level of illiteracy contributing to the cycle of poverty, inequality, and social exclusion that affects war zones.

We created innovative and effective pedagogical approaches with our community’s own evaluation methods to allow children to maintain access to basic education despite disruptions experienced during crisis and conflict.

We then developed a robust new educational model that combines traditional content with critically important financial, health, and administrative skills, which can be delivered via existing school systems and teachers.

  • More than 120,000 out-of-school children are back into classrooms.

  • Distributed school supplies and learning materials to more than 300,000 children.

  • Children from war zones continue their education despite the ongoing conflicts around them.

Our education approach targets children from an early age, laying a strong foundation for a successful schooling. Structured learning and participating in extracurricular activities, guidance for care givers, and training teachers for early childhood programs are part of our education initiatives.Customize the look of your media by making it widescreen or small and easily align media inside your posts.

Education Emergencies

Protecting children’s right to education is a central part of our response to a crisis in war zones.

Education provides physical and psychosocial protection that can save and sustain lives.

We ensure the continuity of children’s education in conflict zones through our emergency programs. This ensures that children have access to education and are productive despite the surrounding circumstances.

This is done through temporary safe learning spaces during displacement period. We provide food, school stationery, and train facilitators to provide emotional support to these vulnerable children

Our education environment is a safe space where girls, former child soldiers, and LGBTQ children are able to thrive.

Our work promotes the protection and psychosocial wellbeing of our learners and educators.

We also offer accelerated learning and vocational training to young people who missed out on education due to the decades of war in Sudan and extreme poverty.

War, marginalization and extreme poverty should not mean the end of a child’s hopes for a bright future. Despite the chaos and disruptions, children deserve a chance to maintain access to basic education.


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