GAHI & Education at the UN General Assembly

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24th September 2018

GAHI is bringing together governmental, humanitarian and education specialists during the 73rd United Nations General Assembly to address the education needs of millions of young people on 24 September 2018 at 11:30 EST.

 A ‘lost generation’ is denied access to quality education and job skills because of protracted conflict, forced displacement, violence, poverty, inequality, climate change and disasters.  United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #4 promotes the need for global education. However, for too many young people this is far from a reality. They have the right to education, so how can new ideas, approaches and tools reach them? 

At GAHI, we believe that scaling innovations for new kinds of educational tools that reach not just thousands, but millions of children, youth and their families, is not a job for just one organization, foundation or national government alone. Education in emergencies requires a new collective action to invest and trial new ideas, tools and ways of working. Given that innovation is untested territory, even beyond the humanitarian sector, we know this is an ambitious endeavour, and one that requires a shared commitment and willingness to act with others in order to meet the very real needs.

 The session will be moderated by GAHI’s Executive Director, Rahul Chandran, bringing together an impressive group:

·       The Hon. Christos Stylianides, Commissioner, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, European Commission;

·       H.E. Dr. Bandar H.M. Hajjar, President, Islamic Development Bank;

·       Mr. Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General, International Federation of the Red Cross;

·       The Hon. Augusto Santos Silva, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Portugal;

·       The Hon. Mary Kamel Kawar, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Jordan; and

·       Ms. Annette Dixon, Vice President for Human Development, World Bank.

·       Mr. Nasser Kamel, Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean

Together, this group will explore three key questions.

1) What changes to the investment climate are required to reach our goals?; 

2) What does collective action means in practice?; and

3) How can innovation that allows us to find the right solutions to educate millions of children and youth be "de-risked"?

The goal is to promote literacy, numeracy and employability and to make that possible for all young people, regardless of where they live. We believe that together, we can generate solutions that make education more accessible to people, whether they are fleeing violent conflict or persecution, living in a camp or dealing with the aftermath of a typhoon, flood, earthquake or living through a drought.

The societal and financial risks of an undereducated generation far exceeds the lesser challenges of cooperation, collaboration and funding faced by the humanitarian sector. Today, with alarming statistics of 75 million young people excluded from basic education and less than 1% of refugees having access to higher education, innovation and scaling what works, is our only choice. GAHI and its partners are therefore working to answer the call to action from the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016 that, “Education is a human right. We cannot stand by while children are shut out from the opportunity for an education due to conflicts and disasters.”

 Will you join us?

 Visit our website and follow us on Twitter @GAHInnovation ‏to learn more.

Update 25 September: Watch the panel discussions.

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