Why are people sharing pictures of themselves as school children on Twitter?

It is part of a UNICEF campaign highlighting child education

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Image: YouTube/UNICEFIreland

Do you remember your school days? Was it easy for you to get there?

A new campaign is telling the stories of children living through emergencies and conflict in countries like Nepal, Guinea, Iraq and Ukraine.

The UNICEF project is highlighting the importance of education for children affected.

Ireland is one of seven countries leading the #EmergencyLessons initiative, which is targeted at some 20 million Europeans under the age of 25.

Groups from Greece, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia, Slovakia, and the United Kingdom are also taking part in this social media-driven campaign, in hopes of inspiring young Europeans to raise their voices on behalf of millions of young people whose education has been interrupted.

The campaign hopes to highlight the extraordinary lengths they go to to get an education.

The first of these stories, featuring Yaroslav and Nastya from Ukraine, has been released on YouTube.

The film includes a social media call to action - Yaroslav and Nastya's 'ask' is that you share an old school photo, accompanied by the hashtag #EmergencyLessons.

Actor Tom Hiddleston explains what it's all about:

Leading the campaign for Ireland is national ambassador Ferdia Walsh-Peelo (16) and digital ambassador James Kavanagh (26) - who will travel to see UNICEF and the EU's operations in Nepal, one year after earthquake struck - killing 9,000 people.

Nearly one-in-four of the world's school-aged population - 462 million - now lives in 35 countries affected by crises, including an estimated 75 million children who are in desperate need of educational support.

UNICEF Ireland executive director Peter Power explains: "Just 2% of humanitarian aid globally is channelled into education, but the benefits of educating a child in emergency go far beyond equipping people to earn a living - though that is of crucial importance - education has unexpected benefits like improving health outcomes and helping girls avoid child marriage".

"Most of us are lucky enough to remember our schooldays fondly - that is because we benefitted from a top class education system. That is something that must be made available to children everywhere", he adds.