Crisis prevention


Teaching in a school in Amman, Jordan. Here Jordanian and Syrian children are taught in double shifts.

The German government supports crisis-sensitive education systems that provide equal access for all population groups and reflect the cultural, linguistic and ethnic diversity of the population. The purpose of such support programmes is to foster peaceful interaction and mutual tolerance and encourage active efforts to boost social cohesion so as to prevent conflicts and crises.

Wars and violent conflicts are preventing millions of children from going to school. This means that support for education is an important development tool in emergencies and in protracted crises. Education reduces the psychosocial stress caused by war and violence and gives children, youth and adults a sense of normalcy and stability in their daily lives. Education is also important with a view to protecting children and youth from exploitation and abuse.

Germany supports education projects in conflict-affected and post-conflict countries such as Afghanistan, Guatemala, Guinea, Iraq, Pakistan, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Yemen. Support is provided for basic education, peace education and violence prevention, political education, and trauma counselling and reconciliation projects. A special focus is on ensuring equal access to education for women and girls.

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