Children and Youth

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In conflict-affected and fragile states, 40 million children and youth are out of school. Girls education and employment opportunities are further restricted by discrimination, cultural norms that do not prioritize girls’ education, and by risks of gender-based violence. Neither children nor adults, displaced youth are often overlooked with few programs or services to address their unique needs or tap their capacity. Without secondary or tertiary school or vocational training, displaced youth sit idle in camps, or if in urban areas, they take their chances working informally. Their enormous potential to contribute to their families and societies goes largely unsupported.

Further, adult-focused programs that seek to lift refugee families out of poverty by providing job training or economic strengthening to parents can often have unintended consequences for young children, who may be used for child labor to help the family increase their newly gained means of acquiring an income.