With tens of millions affected, and nearly one third of those out of school in crisis affected countries, neglecting the education of these children and youth denies not only their future, but also the future of societies where they live. Education in emergencies and protracted crises can provide safes paces during crises, and is crucial to the success of other interventions, such as water and health. Education is vital for both economic growth and peace and stability of countries. It is often identified as a high priority by affected communities themselves. This paper, a contribution to the Oslo Summit on Education Development 6-7 July 2015, details the challenge and show how, with political commitment and resourcing, much more could be done.