For most children, ‘back to school’ means that summer vacation is over. But for children in countries ravaged by natural disaster and armed conflict, ‘back to school’ represents something else entirely: a return to normalcy, a safe environment, the possibility of a future. At Hope Life Now International, we believe that education is critical to getting countries back on track after a crisis. In addition to being a basic human right, education is a fundamental tool for recovery and rebuilding. In times of disaster, we focus on quickly re-establishing spaces for learning and getting children into school. At the same time, we work to rebuild educational systems and recruit qualified teachers and paraprofessionals. Back-to-school campaigns are one of our key strategies for accomplishing these goals.
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