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So reaching the children affected by emergencies – and providing them with the opportunity to learn – serves both humanitarian needs and development goals.As global leaders prepare to adopt the new Sustainable Development Goals that will guide development efforts for the next 15 years, this could not be more important.Unlike the Millennium Development Goal for education, which called for universal access to primary education, the SDG calls for universal access to learning – from early childhood development to secondary school and beyond.In the 35 countries most affected by violence, 65 million children from age 3 to 15 are at risk of missing out on learning.According to new data released by the Education for All Global Monitoring Report, young women living in conflict-affected areas are nearly 90 percent more likely to be out of secondary school than their counterparts in more stable countries.Though the number of children affected by crisis is reaching an all-time high, financing for education in emergencies remains outrageously low. In 2013, less than 2 percent of emergency aid went to education and learning opportunities. And though education is clearly a development priority, less than 10 percent of official development aid for education that year went toward children trapped in emergencies.
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