In times of emergency, children suffer the most. They not only endure displacement but also have no shelter and cannot access quality education. Children face increased vulnerability during emergencies as they lack the necessary support for both their physical and psychological needs.
Statistics reveal that a significant proportion of individuals affected by emergencies comprises children. An estimated 148.1 million children suffer from chronic malnutrition, 222 million children face challenges accessing quality education, and those in fragile contexts are doubly prone to premature death before reaching the age of five due to insufficient vaccinations, maternal health issues, and inadequate caregiving support.
Confronted with these pressing issues, it becomes challenging to remain silent. Hence, I am urging Canada to renew its investment in quality education by committing $500 million over the next five years at the Global Refugee Forum in December. Such a pledge would significantly contribute to restoring access to quality education for children which also aligns with Canada’s commitment to allocate new resources in support of educational access for girls, refugees, internally displaced children, and those with disabilities in emergency situations.