Sending Office: Honorable Nita M. Lowey
Cosponsor Resolution Supporting Access to Education for Children in Conflict Settings
Access to safe and quality education is key to ensuring that children have opportunities to reach their full potential. But in times of war, children’s education is often disrupted, leaving them without critical support for learning, growth, and stability.
In conflicts around the world, schools are being deliberately bombed, torched, and destroyed. Students and education staff are threatened, killed, raped, kidnapped, and recruited by armed groups at and on the way to school.
Attacks on education often have a disproportionate impact on girls. In some cases, schoolgirls have been specifically targeted for sexual violence and by armed groups that oppose female education. The threat of gender-based violence contributes to heightened
fears, which, in turn, limits social mobility.
Education in emergency settings is lifesaving, as it often enables access to critical services, including nutrition, health services, mental health and psychosocial support, water, sanitation, and hygiene.
Quality educational opportunities in conflict zones can contribute to peace and security, mitigate factors that lead to future violence, advance child protection, and support mental health. Yet, despite its critical and lifesaving role, education in humanitarian
response settings is substantially under-prioritized.
At a time when there are 142 million children living in high-intensity conflict zones, it is critical to condemn attacks on education and underscore the importance of education for children affected by conflict.
To address this important issue, we ask that you cosponsor
H. Res 277, which calls on the U.S. government to take critical steps to protect children in conflict settings by supporting access to safe, quality education, including to:
- Hold perpetrators of attacks on schools, students, and teachers accountable.
- Support policies and programs to return refugee girls and boys to learning as soon as possible.
- Monitor attacks on schools, students, and teachers to support coordinated diplomacy and programs.
Please join us in voicing your support to protect children in conflict settings. If you’d like to co-sponsor H. Res. 277, or for more information, please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org in Representative Lowey’s office or
email@example.com in Representative Chabot’s office.
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