Education is vitally important for girls before, during and following a disaster and it is every girl’s right to receive this education. It can also provide the following benefits:
Infographic: school drop-outs
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• Physical protection (if a girl is in a safe space, she is less likely to be exploited)
• Psychological support, including a sense of normality, helping girls to make sense of what is happening around them by following daily routines, and talking to others experiencing similar things.
• A space to learn more about their rights as girls, and child rights more broadly.
• Schools may act as a place where girls receive life-saving messages such as how to access health care and food in an emergency.
EDUCATION AND DISASTERS