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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

To improve the quality of, and access to, education in emergencies and protracted crises, JRS recommends:

• Prioritization of access to education in all stages of humanitarian response and through development initiatives. 

• Adequate and sustainable funding for the education of all refugees and other forcibly displaced persons, both in emergency and protracted crisis settings.

• Better coordination of education programs between host countries and humanitarian agencies and alignment of programs with country plans and systems.

• Effective transition from humanitarian response programming to long-term education development, through coordinated planning between humanitarian and development actors. 

• Improved quality of education for the displaced, with a focus on special needs and equal access across genders and the prioritization of language training, long-term livelihoods development, and the use of technology.

• Integration of refugees into host communities, as appropriate, including integration of children into local school systems, access to employment opportunities and equitable compensation for the displaced.

• Assurance that schools remain safe and secure places free from armed groups, forced military conscription, sexual violence, and discrimination.

• Academic institutions accept international certificates, diplomas and degrees and explore the possibility of mainstreaming the accreditation process across countries and school systems.

• A diverse group of partners mobilize support for education in emergencies and protracted crises and support new efforts ñ including the Education Cannot Wait fund ñ to address this critical issue.

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