Data, climate change, and refugee inclusion: how we protect education

16 April 2024


David Huamani Bedoya/

Crises and disasters can happen anywhere in the world, but everywhere, education is a lifesaving, and life sustaining right. Explore our new brochures outlining our country offer to safeguard education.

What’s at stake?

Climate change, natural hazards, armed conflicts, and health emergencies – are not isolated incidents but recurring challenges that require urgent attention. They also place immense pressure on educational systems, jeopardizing the fundamental right to quality education for millions of learners worldwide.

224 million school-aged children affected by crises globally
7 million school-aged refugees globally are deprived of their right to education
1 billion children at extremely high risk of the impacts of climate change

What’s the solution?

IIEP’s crisis-sensitive educational planning approach enhances equal access to quality education at all levels, including for refugees and internally displaced persons.

Developed over more than two decades, this approach involves identifying and analyzing risks of various crises and their potential impacts on education. The goal is to safeguard learning, even in crisis situations, overcome patterns of inequity and exclusion in education, and help education systems prevent, prepare for, and respond to risks.

Crisis-sensitive educational planning is also cost-effective as it can protect important investments in education, including in infrastructure, equipment, and supplies. Over the long term, it also strengthens the resilience of education systems and communities to overcome the challenges and risks which millions of learners and education institutions continue to confront every day.

Our country offer

Driven by countries’ needs, IIEP works with them to strengthen national capacities to make learning communities more resilient and better prepared for both known risks and the unexpected. Our offer to countries focuses on three key areas:

  1. Crisis-sensitive data and information
  2. Climate-resilient educational planning
  3. Inclusion of refugees and forcibly displaced populations in education
Access, analyze, and use crisis-sensitive data and information for educational planning and monitoring.Integrate climate change adaptation and environmental sustainability measures into all stages of the educational planning cycle.Plan for and manage the inclusion of refugees and forcibly displaced populations in national education systems.

Spotlight: South Sudan takes action

Addressing climate risks impacting education

South Sudan is among the most climate-vulnerable countries in the world. The impact on education includes school closures because of flooding, or broader consequences, such as food insecurity, forced migration, child labour, and child marriage.

What is the Ministry doing?

The Ministry of General Education and Instruction (MOGEI) integrated climate adaptation and environmental measures in its Education Sector Plan, including contingency plans at national and sub-national levels based on local hazards to ensure learning continuity.

Efforts toward stronger coordination among relevant ministries are also underway. For example, officials from the MOGEI joined forces with representatives from the Ministries of Environment and Forestry and Humanitarian Affairs to make sure that the education system can anticipate problems before they occur.

Learn more about crisis-sensitive educational planning in this short video