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Ensuring that children continue to learn, even in conflict.

People reached in 2015



teachers trained



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Education kits


educational kits distributed

Across the globe, 59 million children do not go to school. More than a third of them live in conflict-affected areas. We defend their right to a quality education.

Paving the way to quality education

In a conflict, education helps children and youth survive, recover and regain a sense of stability. A teacher's guidance can help a displaced child overcome the nightmares that plague her. Here, children can be children.

The world is facing a global learning crisis. One in four young people in poor countries are unable to read a single sentence. It is not enough that children and youth access education – what they learn, and how they are taught, must be of quality.

Read caption This animated film plunges into the nightmares the children of Gaza and Hebron experience, night after night. It is made from real drawings, by real children.

Our education work

In conflict areas around the world, education provides protection, stability, essential knowledge and life skills. We tailor our programmes to deliver high-quality education in all phases of an emergency, from acute crises to post-conflict and recovery.

NRC's education work shapes opportunity for children and youth. When crisis strikes, education maintains a safe space and a sense of normalcy. We build schools and classrooms, provide learning materials, and ensure they have the equipment they need – from pencils and rulers for the classroom, to footballs for the playground. If a child or young person has spent time out of school, we guide her through our accelerated education programme so she can catch up to her peers.

Our commitment

We believe in quality education for displaced girls, boys, women and men. NRC's education experts are committed to ensuring that:

  • Schools are safe and protective, and that children and youth are part of a supportive environment that prepares them for the future.
  • Education is relevant to the children and youth affected by conflict.
  • Girls and boys have equal opportunities, and no one experiences discrimination because of their gender.
  • Teachers are well trained, well compensated and motivated, and that there are both male and female teachers.
  • Our programmes engage with local communities, and increase the capacity of local education authorities to provide education.
  • Schools are protected from attacks and military use, and free of sexual exploitation and abuse.
Read caption NRC's day care centre in Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan

We help displaced youth find their way back to secondary education where possible, and give them entrepreneurial and vocational training so they can develop self-reliance. Youth are critically important to the future of their communities, and NRC has particular expertise in engaging them as a positive resource.

Quality learning warrants quality teachers. That's why we invest in teachers and help them find the best ways to progress their students' learning. At the government level, we advocate the right to education and bring policy improvements into the classroom.

All our education programmes adhere to the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) Minimum Standards for Education.

An active advocate

NRC actively advocates the right to an education for displaced children and youth. We were one of the first aid organisations to actively include education as a core component of emergency response.

NRC is a founding member of the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE), and we co-chair the INEE Steering Group

We are also represented in these key education networks:

  • INEE Minimum Standards and Network Tools Working Group and various INEE Task Teams 
  • Global Education Cluster
  • Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) and the Watchlist for Children in Armed Conflict. 
  • Global Working Group to End School-Related Gender Based Violence 
  • Global Campaign for Education (GCE) in Norway and our field locations


Our campaign: Learning in emergencies – 1 million

Overcoming the barriers that keep children out of school requires innovative thinking. NRC has embarked on an ambitious initiative to close the gap for millions of children and youth who have been denied their right to education.

NRC has made an organisational commitment to do more, and do better. By 2018 we aim to reach one million youth annually with our educational programmes.

We launched the 1 million initiative in 2015 to preserve the quality of our activities as we expand them. We're innovating to ensure that pupils can attend school, and, just as importantly – that they learn.

Contact us

Education Team Leader

Annelies Ollieuz


+47 48 05 71 08