Situation Report
UNESCO provides access to relevant inclusive and quality education to out-of school children, through distance learning platforms (formal and non-formal education system) in the South-West region. Photo: UNESCO/Mirela Kuljanin

Humanitarian Response: Education

The Education Cluster with the support of the Global Education Cluster organized a three-day workshop to review the Cluster strategy in the NWSW. The strategy aims to ensure a coordinated, predictable, principled, evidence-based, transparent, and accountable response. It provides strategic guidance for partners engaged in education in emergencies (EiE) interventions and is aligned with the three strategic objectives and 11 education objectives of the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) 2021, as well as the National Development Strategy (NDS 2020-2030). During the workshop, children were consulted through participatory activities on the needs, responses, and protection situation.

UNICEF and Green Partners Association (GPA) distributed 120 additional solar radios to complete the 641 radios distributed in July to families with out-of-school children affected by the crisis in Mezam, Boyo, Ngo-Ketunjia, Bui, and Momo divisions in the North-West. Listening groups have been set up and lessons disseminated to all identified children. More children are encouraged to join the listening groups, and the results are significant. 232 additional children joined the 1,280 previously identified and regularly attended lessons. Additional radios will be distributed to reach current unreached areas and to give out-of-school children another chance to access distant learning activities.

UNESCO and nine partners facilitated learning access to 15,084 students including 8,709 girls, and 6,375 boys, through community learning spaces using materials from UNESCO. This included 2,487 new learners and 12,597 recurrent learners, including 50 with disabilities.