Elevating Education in Emergencies: Securing Uninterrupted Learning for Crises-affected Children

A child’s right to education does not cease when an emergency begins. As such, education is an essential priority for people affected by emergencies and protracted crises. But ensuring access to uninterrupted and quality learning during crises is a complex undertaking as it often involves multiple actors with diverse technical expertise, geographic presence and specific mandates.

Despite its key role in eliminating duplication, strengthening data and analysis, and enabling a more effective response, coordination among and between humanitarian and development actors can be disjointed. These challenges are particularly present in the case of mixed settings, where IDP, refugee and development coordination mechanisms often operate in silos. Strengthening coordination and alignment of EiE activities with education systems, Ministries of Education and development actors presents opportunities to improve the immediate response and identify durable solutions for children affected by crises. In several crisis contexts, national and sub-national authorities, civil society and international partners are doing just that, however, the discussions on how to operationalize the ‘humanitarian-development’ nexus in the education sector can often be high-level and abstract. The practice is yet to be captured and there is limited evidence and documentation on how to ensure strong linkages and coordination between humanitarian and development actors as an important step in realizing the humanitarian-development nexus.

The fourth and final instalment in the Elevating Education in Emergencies series will focus on the humanitarian-development nexus and explore how to ensure uninterrupted learning for affected children and youth in crises contexts. The event will feature practical examples, research findings and recommendations to move beyond a conceptual discussion on the humanitarian-development nexus to outline what can be done in practice – including through coordination -- to meet the education rights of children.

This event will convene a panel of national and international partners to share their experiences and good practices to promote stronger humanitarian development coordination. Additionally, the event will feature findings and recommendations from research undertaken by the Overseas Development Institute on this topic, commissioned by the Global Education Cluster, UNHCR and Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies as part of an Education Cannot Wait fund-initiated project to improve joint coordination, planning and response.

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