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Keep Learning Alive for Children in Afghanistan

Half of Afghanistan's children urgently need humanitarian support. The recent upheaval has exacerbated the challenges children were already facing in a country battling ongoing conflict, chronic poverty, recurrent natural disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Millions of children who remain in Afghanistan are displaced from their homes, hungry, cut off from aid supplies, out of school and facing the threat of violence. And as the winter sets in, freezing nights without shelter will bring another threat to children's lives.

Children's education is being hugely impacted. Over 300,000 children have been forced to flee their homes and schools since the beginning of this year. This has taken away their chance to learn - their brightest hope for a better, fairer future.

Those who have fled the country in recent months now need help and protection to travel safely to new countries to rebuild their lives.

That's why the NEU is supporting Save the Children's Emergency Fund, to help children in Afghanistan and other disasters around the world to stay safe, healthy and learning.

How You Can Help:

  1. Make a direct donation as an individual or from your District to Save the Children's Emergency Fund via the fundraising page here NEU Stand Up for Afghanistan - JustGiving and Share this draft motion with your district and seek to secure a financial commitment to the emergency appeal.
  2. Organise a Stand Up for Afghanistan fundraiser in your school in the last week of term (w/c 13th December) to raise funds for Save the Children's Emergency Fund. Use this pack to support you.
    Keep learning alive

    Fundraising guide to keep learning alive for children in Afghanistan.

Action of the week

Help Education Unions Raise the Alarm as Sudan Military Beats and Detains Protesting Teachers

The NEU and other sister unions have joined the call for action in solidarity with the Sudanese people against the military coup. Protests are currently taking place across the country and at a recent demonstration scores of teachers were attacked with almost 100 being arrested. Trade unions, including the NEU, have condemned the coup and called for immediate action by the UK government.

Find out how you can take action today.