About half of the forcibly displaced population worldwide is children. That means 30 million children are displaced, the highest figure for child displacement in more than a decade.
Children are the most at-risk: their reliance on parents/family caregivers makes them even more vulnerable during conflict, crisis and displacement situations, and increases their risk of malnourishment, abuse, exploitation and disease.
Many displaced children eventually must work in dangerous or demeaning circumstances in order to support their families. And though numbers vary, over 2 million children in Syria alone are not attending school which the U.N. children’s agency has said has reversed 10 years of progress in education for Syrian children.
Attending school provides children a sense of normalcy and encourages resiliency in the face of disasters. Many of the campaign partners provide education programs in refugee camps and for internally displaced children.
Recent research shows education for children is one of parent’s highest priorities. Education is the key to secure and sustainable future for refugees. Worldwide, the UN estimates that only half of all refugee children are enrolled in primary school, and one in four are estimated to be in secondary school. Just one percent of young refugees are enrolled in tertiary education.
Some children have never known life outside of refugee camps. Every day, thousands of children are born in refugee camps around the world.