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ICRC framework for access to education

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ICRC sees education as a learning process that allows children and adults to acquire skills for their social and professional development. It also facilitates the development of capacities which allow for resilience, self-protection and human values, all key elements in life. This corresponds not only to formal education, but also non-formal education and informal learning . While this framework takes into account all above-mentioned forms of education, priority lies on the formal sector. That being said, the ICRC responses to education needs in armed conflict and other situations of violence are context-specific. Finally, they include specific education needs for individuals, be they staff or beneficiaries, to develop skills applicable in the delivery of humanitarian services.

This framework responds to the increasing demand from persons affected by conflict and violence, from States and from other humanitarian organisations to support efforts to ensure education is part of humanitarian responses, and its primary focus is to achieve that through enabling access, be that to formal or less formal types of education. It is accompanied by a three-year strategy (2018-2020), which will be updated based on the operational experiences made.

Underpinning this framework is the recognition of the value of education for communities affected by conflict and violence in developing sustainable humanitarian solutions and coping mechanisms. It enshrines the commitment of the ICRC, working in partnership with the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and other organisations, to jointly provide a better future for affected communities.