The Back on Track programme on education in emergencies and post-crisis transition countries seeks to address urgent priorities in the education sector, such as the restoration of schooling during armed conflict. It also focuses on the long-term goal of developing the sustainable mechanisms required for ongoing progress in society as a whole.

The programme was created to address precarious conditions in countries that cannot access traditional global education funding, often in areas where communities and nations are at a pivotal moment in their history. It was initiated with a grant of US$201 million by the Dutch Government and is now also receiving funding from the European Commission.

Designed to be innovative and pragmatic, Back on Track seeks to help countries in building capacity and moving towards sector-wide approaches while deepening partnerships with local communities and civil society. These partnerships are intended to help get countries ‘back on track’ and ready them to access international aid frameworks for dev. The core principle of the programme is that by building capacity, these countries will be less likely to slip back into armed conflict or be overwhelmed by the next disaster.

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