Education helps build numerous resilience capacities, and disruptions to education systems can have a profound impact on communities and countries.
Interruptions to equitable access to education can have profound and lasting effects on countries and societies. Shocks and stresses can cause prolonged education disruption, permanent dropout of students, weakened learning outcomes, and long-term psychosocial concerns that can have fundamental effects on communities’ ability to recover and become more resilient to future shocks and stresses.
In addition, education plays an important role in building resilience capacities across a variety of sectors and parts of society. It helps build human and social capital, women’s empowerment and gender equality, and can contribute to knowledge about how to cope when shocks and stresses occur. It is also important to build the resilience of education systems themselves, ensuring that the resources and capabilities are in place to enable these systems to withstand crises and maintain access to education.
This white paper explores the interaction between education and resilience and presents several recommendations on policy and programming.