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Education and Fragility Newsletter - SPECIAL EDITION
April 2013
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Roundtable Discussion: Health and Education in Conflict-Affected and Fragile Contexts
When: 31 May 2013
Where: USIP, Washington, DC, USA



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Did you know… At least 250 million children of primary school-age are failing to learn the basics and are unable to read and write.
- 2012 EFA Global Monitoring Report

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~Mahatma Gandhi


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Dear INEE Members,

Welcome to the second special edition of the Education and Fragility Newsletter. Like the first special edition in January 2013 (available here), this edition is focused on Conflict Sensitive Education, one of the key priority areas of the INEE Working Group on Education and Fragility.

The purpose of this newsletter is to share the numerous resources that INEE has developed to support the integration of conflict sensitivity in education policies and programmes in conflict-affected and fragile contexts. These are all available on the INEE website and the INEE Toolkit.

The newsletter contains two special sections: the first is a section on INEE on Conflict Sensitive Education, which outlines the new resources INEE has developed. Secondly, the Work Bench has been replaced by a section on the INEE Toolkit on Conflict Sensitive Education, which contains relevant resources that can also be found on the INEE Toolkit online.

We hope you find it useful and encouraging to start or continue working on conflict sensitive education in your organizations and countries. If you would like to get in touch with us, please email us at educationfragility@ineesite.org.

Sincerely,
INEE Education and Fragility Secretariat,
on behalf of the INEE Working Group on Education and Fragility
  In this Newsletter  
INEE on Conflict Sensitive Education
INEE Conflict Sensitive Education Pack
  • Introduction to the INEE Conflict Sensitive Education Pack
  • INEE Guiding Principles on Integrating Conflict Sensitivity in Education Policy and Programming in Conflict-Affected and Fragile Contexts
  • INEE Reflection Tool for Designing and Implementing Conflict Sensitive Education Programmes in Conflict-Affected and Fragile Contexts
  • INEE Guidance Note on Conflict Sensitive Education
  • INEE Toolkit on Conflict Sensitive Education
Events on Conflict Sensitive Education
Perspectives and Discussions
  • Blog: Integrating Conflict Sensitivity In Education Programs and Policies
  • Interview with Martha Hewison, Save the Children
  • Online Discussion: Conflict Sensitive Education - Why and How?
News
  • Article: The Challenges of Providing Quality Education in Conflict Areas 
  • Article: UNHCR to Expand Higher Education Opportunities for the Forcibly Displaced
INEE Toolkit on Conflict Sensitive Education
  • Request for Resources on Conflict Sensitive Education
  • Technical Note on Conflict Sensitivity and Peacebuilding
  • An introduction to Conflict Sensitivity
  • Report: Conflict-Sensitive Approaches to Development, Humanitarian Assistance and Peacebuilding
  • Article: Promoting Resilience: Developing Capacity within Education Systems Affected by Conflict
  • ReportWhen Disasters and Conflicts Collide: Improving Links Between Disaster Resilience and Conflict Prevention
Coming Up
  • Call for PapersLeadership for Peace and Prosperity
  • Public ForumImproving Education and Learning Outcomes in India
  • ConferenceAid & International Development Forum
  • CourseAdvanced Training Programme in Educational Planning and Management
  INEE on Conflict Sensitive Education  
INEE's resources and tools on conflict sensitive education are available on the:
INEE website: ineesite.org/education-fragility/conflict-sensitive-education
INEE Toolkit: toolkit.ineesite.org/conflict_sensitive_education

VIDEO on Conflict Sensitive Education
INEE

This video gives an overview of the challenges facing education in conflict-affected and fragile contexts. It emphasizes how important it is for education policies and programs in such contexts to be "conflict sensitive," both minimizing negative impacts and maximizing positive impacts, and it introduces the Conflict Sensitive Education Pack that INEE has recently developed and formally launched at a High Level Symposium in Paris on 8 April 2013.
 
To watch the video, please click here.
INEE Conflict Sensitive Education Pack

INEE has recently developed a Conflict Sensitive Education Pack. The four main items contained by it are outlined below.

To read a one-page introduction to this Pack, please click: [English] [French]


INEE Guiding Principles on Integrating Conflict Sensitivity in Education Policy and Programming in Conflict-Affected and Fragile Contexts

The Guiding Principles are for stakeholders concerned with education in conflict-affected and fragile contexts, and can be used to guide education interventions in these contexts and ensure that conflict sensitivity is incorporated in education proposals, policies, investments and programmes.

[English] [French] [Spanish] [Arabic] [Portuguese]

The INEE Prezi Presentation introducing the Guiding Principles is available here.

INEE Reflection Tool for Designing and Implementing Conflict Sensitive Education Programmes in Conflict-Affected and Fragile Contexts

The Reflection Tool is designed for education programme staff and other stakeholders concerned with education in conflict-affected and fragile contexts. The tool can be used to ensure that conflict sensitivity is integrated in education at all stages of the programme cycle: assessment, design, implementation/management, monitoring and evaluation.

To download the Reflection Tool, please click: [English] [French]

To download the List of Additional Resources that accompanies the Reflection Tool, please click here.


INEE Guidance Note on Conflict Sensitive Education

The Guidance Note offers strategies for developing and implementing conflict sensitive education programmes and policies. Building upon the INEE Minimum Standards, the Guidance Note is a useful tool for practitioners, policy-makers and researchers working in conflict-affected and fragile contexts. The Guidance Note and the INEE Minimum Standards are referenced throughout the Reflection Tool, and can be consulted to find more detailed information and examples as needed.

A Quick Reference Tool on Conflict Sensitive Education is included which follows the framework of the INEE Minimum Standards and provides bulleted guidance, key actions and suggestions for conflict sensitive education.

To view the Guidance Note on Conflict Sensitive Education, please click here.

To view the Conflict Sensitive Education Quick Reference Tool, please click here.


INEE Toolkit on Conflict Sensitive Education


The INEE Toolkit now has a section on Conflict Sensitive Education, which can be found at: 
toolkit.ineesite.org/conflict_sensitive_education.

In addition to the INEE Conflict Sensitive Education Pack, additional Implementation Tools and resources are also available including sections on Conflict Sensitive EducationConflict Analysis, and Education and Peacebuilding.

Visit the "INEE Toolkit on Conflict Sensitive Education" section of this Newsletter for a selection of relevant resources that can also be found online in the INEE Toolkit!

Events
High Level Symposium on Conflict Sensitive Education
UNESCO-IIEP, INEE

On 8 April 2013, a High Level Symposium co-organized by UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP), INEE and its Working Group on Education and Fragility, brought together around 200 education stakeholders, including Ministers of Education, ambassadors and representatives from the Permanent Delegations to UNESCO, UN agencies, bilateral organizations, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, academia and civil society organizations, to discuss the challenges of providing quality education in conflict-affected and fragile contexts and to offer concrete recommendations to promote the implementation of conflict-sensitive education. 

Participants endorsed by acclamation the Paris Symposium Declaration that calls for the prioritization of conflict sensitive education in conflict affected and fragile contexts. The Declaration is a landmark in the promotion of a common framework to provide quality education to children, youth and adults affected by violence and armed conflicts.

The Declaration encourages the adoption of the INEE Guiding Principles. Feel free to disseminate both the Declaration and Guiding Principles and use them for advocacy purposes.

Paris Symposium Declaration: [English] [French]
Guiding Principles: 
[English] [French] [Spanish] [Arabic] [Portuguese]
A webpage with the outputs of the Symposium, and the recording of the event, will be made available next week. Stay tuned!

Health and Education in Conflict-Affected and Fragile Contexts Bridging the development gap and enhancing collaborations
Roundtable Discussion

When: 31 May 2013
Where: United States Institute of Peace, Washington, DC
 
The INEE Working Group on Education and Fragility, in collaboration with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), is organizing this roundtable discussion on health and education in conflict-affected and fragile contexts on 31 May 2013.

The objective of this roundtable discussion is to identify the gaps in collaboration and possible types of collaboration between the health and education sectors around state and peace building in conflict-affected and fragile contexts in the post-2015 world.  Participants will work in small groups to discuss collaborative actions related to protection, resilience, psycho-social wellbeing, financial and human resources, and governance. 

It is expected that, after the roundtable discussion, a document will be produced which will serve to identify possible collaborative efforts (e.g. joint research, cost-benefit cross-sectorial models to strengthen state building and peace building), which may also be used as a background document to inform policy discussions on the post-2015 agenda.

For more information and to view the concept note of this event, please click here.

If you have information concerning projects in which the education and health sectors collaborate, please contact Nora Shetty at nora@ineesite.org, as this will be useful for the research done in preparation for the roundtable discussion.
DRC Policy Dialogue Forum: Executive summary available

The executive summary of the report on the Policy Dialogue Forum on Education and Peace, which was held in DRC in October 2012, is now available on the INEE website.

On 4-6 October 2012, the INEE Working Group on Education and Fragility, in close collaboration with UNICEF DRC, ADEA and USAID, and under the leadership of the Congolese Ministry of Primary, Secondary and Professional Education, organised a Policy Dialogue Forum on education and peace held in Kinshasa. The overall purpose of the Policy Dialogue Forum was to identify national education policies and concrete strategies to be included in the Interim Education Sector Plan which are conflict-sensitive and which can contribute to peace-building processes in the country.

The executive summary and the report are available in English and French.

Executive summary: [English] [French]
Report: [English] [French]
INEE Conflict Sensitive Education Pack

INEE has recently developed a Conflict Sensitive Education Pack. The four main items contained by it are outlined below.

To read a one-page introduction to this Pack, please click: [English] [French]
Perspectives and Discussions

BLOG: Integrating Conflict Sensitivity In Education Programs and Policies
Tzvetomira Laub, INEE Coordinator for Minimum Standards

This blog was first posted on the blog space for the Working Group on Peace, Conflict and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. The original post can be read here.

The field of Education in Emergencies has grown and expanded over the last decade, and today there is a more pronounced recognition that education could potentially contribute to tensions and grievances and thus exacerbate conflicts. INEE has addressed the need for systematized guidance on developing and carrying conflict sensitive education programs and policies: the new INEE Guidance Note on Conflict Sensitive Education was launched in March 2013.

This blog defines conflict sensitive education and what it means in practice, particularly in the areas concerning access and learning environment, teaching and learning, and teachers and other personnel. Resources in conflict sensitive education are listed as well.

To read the complete blog post, please click here.
INTERVIEW with Martha Hewison 
Global Heroes in Action Series, Daily Edventures

Martha Hewison, who represents Save the Children in the INEE Working Group on Education and Fragility, strives to ensure that children in conflict-afflicted countries like Somalia, Ethiopia and Sudan have access to education, despite the staggering obstacles they face.

In her interview with Daily Edventures, Hewison notes, “I would like to think that my involvement in the INEE Working Group on Education and Fragility has contributed to the recognition of the importance of delivering education in these contexts and the development of tools to ensure that when we deliver education in conflict-affected fragile states we do so in a conflict-sensitive manner.”

To read the complete interview, please click here.
ONLINE DISCUSSION: Conflict Sensitive Education - Why and How?
Maria Lucia Uribe Torres, INEE

INEE and the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) co-organized a High Level Symposium on Conflict Sensitive Education – Why and How that aims to mobilize education stakeholders in the prioritization of quality education in contexts affected by violent conflict and fragility.  This blog invites you to share your views on the topic and contribute to raise awareness about the importance of providing education that is sensitive to conflict dynamics and responds to the multiple challenges in these contexts. ...

Questions for Discussion

  • What would you recommend to ensure that conflict sensitive education is understood, prioritized and implemented in conflict-affected and fragile contexts?
  • What can be done to support countries to develop education policies and programs that are conflict-sensitive and respond to the challenges faced?

To read the complete post and add your voice to the discussion, please click here.

  News  
The Challenges of Providing Quality Education in Conflict Areas
UNESCO-IIEP and INEE

On 8 April 2013, UNESCO welcomed Ministers of Education from Chad, Liberia, Mali, Palestine, and Uganda, as well as the Deputy Minister of Education from Sierra Leone and government representatives from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya, to talk about their experiences of providing quality education during and after a conflict.

Together with numerous ambassadors and representatives from the Permanent Delegations to UNESCO, UN agencies, bilateral organizations, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, academia and civil society organizations, they participated in the symposium Conflict-Sensitive Education – Why and How?, co-organized by UNESCO-IIEP and INEE, and supported by Comic Relief, the European Commission, UNICEF, and USAID.

Conflict-affected countries called for better strategies to ensure that conflict-prevention is integrated into education policies and programmes and that education is not overlooked by donors and humanitarians.

To read the rest of the news report, please click here.
UNHCR to Expand Higher Education Opportunities for the Forcibly Displaced
UNHCR

The UN refugee agency and the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), through its partner Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins initiative (JC:HEM), have signed an agreement to enhance higher education opportunities for refugees and other forcibly displaced people through online and on-site courses.

The agreement expands access to Online courses are currently offered to refugees and other displaced students in Jordan, Kenya and Malawi. The agreement will expand the courses to Chad and several other countries where UNHCR and JRS operate. Assessment of students is already under way in Chad.

"Ensuring access to education is a universal right and a priority for UNHCR in all of its operations. Education is a continuum. In addition to primary and secondary education, UNHCR also wants to provide opportunities for refugee students in higher education, but limited resources have remained a barrier for us," said Volker Türk, UNHCR's Director of International Protection, welcoming the agreement.

To read the rest of the press release, please click here.
  INEE Toolkit on Conflict Sensitive Education  

Request for Resources on Conflict Sensitive Education
INEE Toolkit
 
The INEE Toolkit's section on Conflict Sensitive Education can be found online at: toolkit.ineesite.org/conflict_sensitive_education

In addition to the INEE Conflict Sensitive Education Pack, additional Implementation Tools and resources are also available including sections on Conflict Sensitive EducationConflict Analysis, and Education and Peacebuilding.

We encourage INEE members to share resources and tools on Conflict Sensitive Education, Conflict Analysis, and Education and Peacebuilding for inclusion in the INEE Toolkit. Please send these to minimumstandards@ineesite.org.

Technical Note on Conflict Sensitivity and Peacebuilding
UNICEF

This Technical Note responds to the growing recognition that: (i) countries affected by conflict and high levels of violence are a priority for UNICEF; (ii) UNICEF plays a vital role in peaebuilding; and (iii) UNICEF needs a more systematic approach to ensure all its programmes are conflict sensitive and to design explicit peacebuilding interventions in order to improve the quality of its programmes and achieve better and more sustainable results for children in these contexts.

The note aims to support a more systematic approach in UNICEF to conflict sensitivity and peacebuilding. It explains key concepts, offers tools and approaches, identifies entry points in UNICEF strategies, frameworks and programmes, and provides examples of UNICEF programmatic contributions in this area.

To access the Technical Note, please click here.
An Introduction to Conflict Sensitivity
Conflict Sensitivity Consortium

This is an online resource that introduces the concept of conflict sensitivity and how to approach it, and provides an example of conflict sensitivity in practice.

This website also contains many resources that can help you adopt a conflict sensitive approach. Some of the key resources found in this website are included in the
 List of Additional Resources on Conflict Sensitive Education which accompanies the INEE Reflection Tool.

To access this online resource, please click
here.
Conflict-Sensitive Approaches to Development, Humanitarian Assistance and Peacebuilding
International Alert, SaferWorld, International Development Research Centre

Governmental and non-governmental actors alike increasingly recognise the need for conflict-sensitive approaches to development and humanitarian assistance and are consequently attempting to develop the theoretical underpinnings as well as the structural prerequisites for integrating conflict-sensitive perspectives into development assistance.

The paper seeks to highlight the range of different approaches and to identify both their strengths and limitations. It concludes by proposing some of the important policy issues which need to be addressed if conflict-sensitive development approaches are to have broader relevance and impact.

To read the full paper, please click here.

Promoting Resilience: Developing Capacity within Education Systems Affected by Conflict
Lyndsay Bird, UNESCO-IIEP

It is evident that education can play a critical role in either mitigating or exacerbating conflict. Unless the factors within education systems that can exacerbate or mitigate conflict are recognised, examined and addressed as part of an overall conflict-mitigation strategy in countries affected by or prone to conflict, then the situation will not change.

It is essential, therefore, to ensure that within the regular processes of educational planning, the potential for conflict is considered. When conflict and disaster-sensitive educational planning is undertaken in a systematic and coherent way, the education system can develop the necessary resilience to withstand the impact of conflict and/or disasters.

It is equally critical that during the process of conducting conflict assessments or undertaking peacebuilding initiatives, education is considered as a core element of analysis. It is therefore essential that policy-makers and education actors globally recognise the importance of education’s role in mitigating conflict and disasters.

To read the full article, please click here.

When Disasters and Conflicts Collide: Improving Links Between Disaster Resilience and Conflict Prevention
Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

This study assesses the evidence base for how natural disasters affect conflict, how conflict affects natural disasters, and how people living in complex environments are affected by multiple risks.

It also considers what can be learned from current practices to improve conflict prevention, statebuilding and disaster risk management in ways that help build resilience. 

This report focuses on the links between conditions of vulnerability and risks associated with the nexus of natural disasters, conflict and fragility. While there is a tendency to consider how one risk impacts another, this report's focus is on understanding how multiple vulnerabilities add up for populations.

‘How disasters and 
conflict collide’ is an entry point to understanding how vulnerability is dynamic and shaped by interconnected shocks and stresses, and how it must be addressed as such. 

To read the full report, please click here.
  Coming Up  
Call for Papers

Leadership for Peace and Prosperity
University of San Diego

Abstract Deadline: May 15, 2013

The University of San Diego's Ahlers Center for International Business and the Center for Peace and Commerce, along with the Institute for Economics and Peace, would like to invite you to the 2013 Leadership for Peace and Prosperity Conference, to be held at the University of San Diego on October 3-5, 2013.

The goal of this conference is to have both business practitioners and academics come together to discover and discuss ideas related to the nexus between business and sustainable peace.  Business has an important role in securing a peaceful society; similarly, the existence of conflict or violence can impact the viability and sustainability of business. 

This conference provides a forum for sharing best practices, research and insight on the dynamic nexus of conflict, violence, sustainable peace and business. To encourage the inclusion of these topics in the classroom, cases on peace and prosperity—from various academic disciplines including those in management, development, peace economics and peace studies—are encouraged and will be eligible for the teaching case awards. 

For more details regarding paper submission and the conference, please click here.
Events

Improving Education and Learning Outcomes in India
Brookings Institution

When: 6 May 2013
Where: Washington, DC


On May 6, the Center for Universal Education (CUE) at Brookings and the Central Square Foundation will host a discussion on education reform in India, focusing on policy and practice that promotes equitable learning and on lessons learned from the U.S. experience.

Panelists will include: Ashish Dhawan, chief executive officer of the Central Square Foundation; Subir Gokarn, research director of Brookings India; Linda Nemec, senior manager of Accenture Development Partnerships at Accenture; and Brookings Nonresident Fellow Urvashi Sahni, founder and president of the Study Hall Foundation.

CUE Associate Director Xanthe Ackerman will moderate the discussion. Senior Fellow and CUE Director Rebecca Winthrop will provide opening remarks.

For more information and to RSVP, please click here.

Aid & International Development Forum
AIDF

When: 21-22 May 2013
Where: Washington, DC


With over 100 speakers involved from organizations including USAID, World Vision International, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, UN World Food Programme and the International Procurement Agency you can learn from experts within the humanitarian aid sector, including Q&A sessions on Logistics Management and Transparent Procurement Practices.

Sessions include: Public-Private Partnerships – Action Beyond Rhetoric; Development Coordination - Health, Maternal Health, Infant Mortality and Education; Peace and Stability - Countries in Transition; and Developmental Challenges Post-2015: Empowering women and local communities.

The forum is open to the public and FREE to attend.

For more information and to register, please click here.

Courses
Advanced Training Programme in Educational Planning and Management
UNESCO-IIEP

Application Deadline: 31 May 2013

The Advanced Training Programme in Educational Planning and Management is an intensive 8-month programme leading to a professional certificate at the Diploma or Master's level. The ATP is practice-oriented and aims to strengthen the competencies and skills of education managers and other education experts from the public and non-governmental sectors.

Participants are drawn in particular from government institutions, such as Ministries of Education, Finance or Planning; from international and national NGOs; as well as from research and training institutions and universities in Member States. 

The programme focuses on relevance and applicability, as well as skills and practices that support educational development and reform in participants' home countries. Education planners, managers, and trainers from national training institutions acquire modern education planning techniques and update their knowledge of management approaches.

For more information on the programme and how to apply, please click here.
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