The European Union

Building Resilience through Education.

Locations: DRC, Ethiopia, Niger, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda

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  4 million refugee children are out of school; only 61% of refugee children attend primary school, compared with a global average of 92%, and just 23% of refugee children are enrolled in secondary school, compared to 84% globally.   ©  Fondazione AVSI

4 million refugee children are out of school; only 61% of refugee children attend primary school, compared with a global average of 92%, and just 23% of refugee children are enrolled in secondary school, compared to 84% globally.

© Fondazione AVSI

The number of out-of-school refugee children has increased by 500,000 in the last year alone. Through BRiCE the European Union will help improve access to quality basic education in pre-school, primary and lower secondary levels for children in fragile and crisis-affected environments.

Research on teaching and learning in safe learning environments is an important aspect and will help build the evidence base of what works best in crises. The action will take place in the DRC, Ethiopia, Niger, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda (2018 to 2021) and totals EURO 24 million (80% co-financing by the EU).

The actions are implemented by four consortia under the leadership of Plan International, the Norwegian Refugee Council, Save the Children and Oxfam/IBIS together with local partners and research institutions and will benefit up to 190,000 children, including refugee and internally displaced children.

Projects will work directly with education authorities, learners, teachers, parents, communities and strengthen education systems. Teacher professional development is a crucial component across these projects and all actions prioritize safety and wellbeing of children.  

For more information please contact Judit.BARNA@ec.europa.eu