In crisis situations, there are new at-risk groups. Early childhood education has a special significance when normal family life has been disrupted, and parents and other adults may not interact sufficiently with young children. Adolescents and youth are especially vulnerable, and for some the trauma of discontinuation of education can be as traumatizing as the emergency itself.
It is important to keep the ladder of educational opportunities open for young people and to develop innovative programmes of outreach to out-of-school youth.
Education for persons with disability receives professional attention in some emergency programmes and little attention in others. They should be integrated into schools and training programmes to the extent possible, and otherwise provided with meaningful learning opportunities.
UNESCO surveys programmes and materials developed to meet the needs of ex-combatants. UNESCO through its field offices and partners will convene regional and sub regional activities in this sphere to share examples of good practice and develop plans for local and national collaboration.
Photo CreditŠAFP/Abdelhak Senna Children members of the rebel forces in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo