Education in Crisis and Conflict

Children are most at risk of missing out on an education during crisis and conflict—at the exact time that they need the stability education provides.

During major conflicts and crises, many children do not go to school—and the longer they are out, the less likely they are to ever go back. Attending school is not only necessary for their continued education, but for their emotional and physical protection while in the midst of chaos.

USAID’s education programs in crisis- and conflict-affected environments work to provide safe learning opportunities for students and teachers, especially for the most vulnerable (i.e., girls, children with disabilities); rebuild education systems, including providing support to teachers; and preventing and mitigating conflict and crisis through conflict-sensitive education programs, community engagement and disaster-risk reduction activities.

This work bridges humanitarian aid and development assistance, and builds resilience by increasing equitable access to education, providing safe spaces to learn, and improving educational outcomes.