Last in line, last in school: how donors are failing children in conflict-affected fragile states
Children in conflict-affected fragile states (CAFS), like all children, have the right to education. Yet one in three children in these countries is out of school. They are missing out because CAFS present a different challenge to other developing states. Political will may be weak or totally absent, national institutions may be in various stages of disarray and national capacity diminished. But, as Last in Line, Last in School shows, one of the main reasons children in CAFS are out of school is that these countries are underfunded by donors. The humanitarian and development aid CAFS get does not prioritise education. Despite accounting f or more than half of the world’s out-of-school children, CAFS receive only a fifth of global education aid. Yet education is what children and parents in CAFS want. Children are these countries’ futures. Their education offers a chance for economic growth, peace and stability, and improved governance. World leaders have promised to get all children into school by 2015. In this report, Save the Children calls on bilateral and multilateral donors to urgently review their policies and practices, and to take immediate action to ensure that they are providing sufficient and equitable financing for education in both development and humanitarian contexts.