JBM 2017 – Emergency Lessons

The Project “Volunteering and Education in Emergencies” is inspired by the #EmergencyLessons Campaign of UNICEF and the EU. It aims to motivate people and especially students so that they participate as volunteers in very important issues like education in emergencies. Through this project the students prepared videos, posters, radio broadcasts and volunteering actions and succeeded to motivate the school and the Greek community in general. The students realized the importance of education in emergencies and the humanistic values of a Marist School.
#EmergencyLessons is a campaign of the European Union and UNICEF launched in 2016 to highlight the importance of education for children affected by emergencies.
This social media-driven public awareness campaign aimed to reach 20 million Europeans, especially those 25 and under, in Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Slovenia, Slovakia, and the United Kingdom and inspire them to raise their voices on behalf of millions of children and adolescents whose education has been interrupted by emergencies.
The #EmergencyLessons campaign focused on the real-life experiences of children living through emergencies in countries such as Guinea, Iraq, Nepal and Ukraine. Their personal stories on the extraordinary lengths they go to obtain an education demonstrate why children can and must continue to learn.
Nearly one in four of the world’s school-aged children – 462 million – now lives in 35 countries affected by crises, including an estimated 75 million children who are in desperate need of educational support.
Apart from missing out on education, and the benefits it yields for them and for their societies, out of school children are more vulnerable to abuse, exploitation, and recruitment by armed forces. Schools provide a safe haven where children can be protected from these threats.
Education is fundamental for children to express their full potential and build a prosperous future for themselves and society. It is even more important during emergencies when children are often direct witnesses of atrocities and tragedies. Today, around 75 million children are out of school in countries affected by emergencies.