Approximately 1.3 million children need protective services and safe education in Tigray and neighbouring areas, as the conflict disrupted their learning process. An estimated 25 per cent of schools in Tigray have been damaged, according to the Ministry of Education. Increasing food insecurity is also considered a barrier to continuing education, according to the Education Cluster.
The Education Cluster is targeting 228,000 children for the Tigray response. At least 87 per cent of the targeted children (199,900) are in Tigray, while there are some 15,000 and 13,000 internally displaced in Afar and Amhara, respectively.
During the response, the priorities will include establishing temporary learning spaces and renovating schools and classrooms damaged. Distribution of teaching and learning materials, teacher training and well-being support for children and teachers will also be part of the activities.
The sub-national Cluster has been re-activated and has resumed its weekly meetings. The Cluster plans to conduct school assessments in Mekelle and mobilize communities for school re-opening.
Funding is a critical challenge. The Regional Education Bureau (REB) is reportedly facing resource constraints to re-open schools. Many schools across the Region are also currently being used as temporary shelters for displaced people, as well as by various security forces.