Education and Fragility Newsletter
August 2013
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INEE-IIEP Symposium at the 12th UKFIET International Conference on Education and Development
Date: 10 September 2013
Venue: University of Oxford, UK

“Education Cannot Wait: Call to Action” High Level Event
Date: 23 September 2013
Venue: UNICEF House, New York, USA

Knowledge Capsule

Did you know…Approximately 300,000 child soldiers currently serve in more than 30 conflicts around the world. The international legal community widely considers these children to be victims of severe human rights violations in spite of the atrocities that many of them commit.
 Berkeley Journal of International Law (BJIL), Vol. 31, 2013

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"Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war."
~ Maria Montessori

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Dear INEE Members,

Welcome to the INEE Education and Fragility Newsletter for the month of August 2013.

This newsletter contains information and resources of interest and relevance to those working in education in fragile and conflict-affected contexts, and updates on activities of the INEE Working Group on Education and Fragility and its member agencies.

We encourage you to share with us any education and fragility resources and information for inclusion in our upcoming Newsletters. Please forward your suggestions with related attachments and web links to

INEE Education and Fragility Secretariat,
on behalf of the INEE Working Group on Education and Fragility
  In this Newsletter  
Working Group Corner
  • Symposium: UNESCO-IIEP & INEE joint symposium at 12th UKFIET Conference
Conflict Sensitive Education Corner
  • Video: FHI 360 and Save the Children US host the U.S. launch of INEE’s Conflict Sensitive Education Pack
  • Call for Papers on Conflict Sensitive Education: Turkey Conference on Humanitarian Studies
Spreading the Word on CSE:
  • USAID Education Summit 2013
Work Bench
  • ReportA New Agenda for Education in Fragile States
  • ReportRegaining a Future? Lessons Learned from Education of Young People in Fragile Situations
  • Conference report: EU High Level Conference on Education and Development
Call for Contributions:
Coming Up
  • Course: Crisis, Recovery, and Transitions
  Working Group Corner  
UNESCO-IIEP and INEE joint Symposium at 12th UKFIET International Conference
Education and Development Post 2015 Reflecting, Reviewing, Re-visioning

Date: 10 September 2013, 11.00-17.00
Venue: University of Oxford, UK

At the 12th UKFIET International Conference on Education and Development, UNESCO-IIEP and INEE will hold a joint symposium entitled “Rebuilding resilience in a changing world: Conflict and crisis sensitive approaches to planning and programming for education systems”. Senior policy makers together with development partners will discuss how crisis-sensitive planning can be effectively integrated into education systems.

Session 1 of this conference focuses on policies and programming from South Sudan, Haiti and Palestine; Session 2 highlights current work from DFID, UNESCO-IIEP, UNICEF and INEE; and Session 3 brings the two panels together for deeper reflection and discussion through a guided debate.
For more information, please click here.
  Conflict Sensitive Education Corner  
To learn more about INEE's work on conflict sensitive education,
visit the INEE website and the INEE Toolkit.

FHI 360 and Save the Children US host the U.S. launch of INEE’s Conflict Sensitive Education Pack
FHI 360, Save the Children US

On Tuesday August 13th, FHI 360 and Save the Children US joined INEE in launching the INEE Conflict Sensitive Education (CSE) Pack, developed to support the integration of conflict sensitivity in education policies and programs.  

A morning workshop provided a group of practitioners, policy-makers, and donors the opportunity to review the key concepts of conflict-sensitive education and apply the CSE Pack in a simulation activity.

The afternoon launch introduced the CSE Pack to about 100 people who attended the event in-person or via live-streaming. Keynote speakers Carol Bellamy, former Chair of the Board, Global Partnership for Education, and Christie Vilsack, Senior Education Advisor, USAID also shared their reflections on the CSE Pack.

In her keynote speech, Carol Bellamy, said "what has been missing from the debate is (...) how exactly to deliver a good quality education for children in the most difficult of circumstances.  That's why I'm excited to be here (...) to celebrate what I consider a really positive development, something that propels beyond the list of the very severe challenges and actually begins to look at solutions - I love everything about this [INEE CSE] pack."

You can watch a recording of the event here.

Call for Papers on Conflict Sensitive Education: Turkey Conference on Humanitarian Studies

INEE is hosting a panel at the World Conference on Humanitarian Studies on 24-27 October 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. The panel is entitled Conflict Sensitive Education: Strengthening Human Security in Conflict- and Fragile Contexts.

INEE would like to invite you to submit a paper proposal to present at this panel discussion.

This panel will explore the potential of education to trigger and exacerbate conflict, violence and fragility and thus contribute to lack of human security. Topics and issues raised at the panel may include:

  • Good practice in mainstreaming conflict sensitivity in education policies and programs
  • Challenges in implementing conflict sensitive policies and programs
  • Tools and resources supporting conflict sensitive programming and policy-making in conflict and fragile settings.

For panelist and proposal submission details and information, click here.  Paper proposals must be received by 1 September. If you have any further questions regarding this call for papers, please contact

Spreading the Word on CSE
CSE Pack widely promoted by the UN Interagency Framework Team for Preventive Action

INEE Working Group on Education and Fragility member Nirina Kiplagat from the UN Interagency Framework Team for Preventive Action team has been widely promoting the Conflict Sensitive Education Pack. She shared the Pack with the UN OCHA (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) Eastern Africa Education Sector Coordinator for use in the preparation of Emergency Humanitarian Response Plans.

She also gave a presentation on the Pack at the “Voices from Fragile States” conference along with INEE Working Group on Minimum Standards and Network Tools member Carine Allaf, and Alex Shoebridge from the UNDP/DPA Joint Programme on Building National Capacities for Conflict Prevention; and she has tweeted about it via the Framework Team’s account (@PreventConflict).

Recently, she also helped organize a Brown Bag lunch on conflict sensitive education, at which Lori Heninger, INEE Director, gave a presentation. This lunch was attended by colleagues from within UN agencies and departments, NGOs, the diplomatic community, and academia.

There was very positive feedback from this diverse audience; many said they would use the Pack, and cited examples ranging from sharing the Pack with UN Resident Coordinators to using it in Charter Schools in New York State.

We look forward to hearing more about their experiences as they use the Conflict Sensitive Education Pack!

What are you doing to spread the word about conflict sensitive education? Share your ideas, activities and experiences with us through our User Feedback Form, available online or for downloading.


USAID Education Summit

Over 600 attendees from around the world gathered during the USAID Education Summit in Washington, D.C. from 6-8 August to discuss education priorities including early grade reading, equitable access to education in conflict and crises areas, and youth and workforce development. 

The second day of the Summit focused on the third goal of the USAID Education Strategy, which is: Increased Equitable Access to Education in Crisis and Conflict Environments for 15 Million Learners by 2015.

Sessions included discussing the evidence base for youth education in crisis and conflict, social and emotional learning for conflict-affected children, research on adolescence brain development and education programming, disabilities and access to education, and factors affecting access to education in conflict settings and crisis environments. 

To find summary reports of sessions held, as well as the list of speakers and their bios, please visit the Summit website.
  Work Bench  

A New Agenda for Education in Fragile States
Brookings Institution Center for Universal Education

This report provides a broad review of the field of education in fragile states and charts a new agenda for maximizing education’s contribution to the development and well-being of people living in these contexts. 

Highlights of the report include:
  • Education can play a significant role in helping accelerate progress for people living in fragile states for at least four reasons: advancing economic development, humanitarian action, security and environmental sustainability.
  • The mere delivery of and participation in services is an important aspect of building capacity at multiple levels, including government systems, communities and individuals.
  • Education has an important role to play in addressing the consequences of and reducing the effects of disasters and climate change.
To read the full report, please click here.

Regaining a Future? Lessons Learned from Education of Young People in Fragile Situations
Danish Institute of International Studies

The report discusses the interplay between violent conflict and fragility, and youth education. It highlights the related challenges and recent attempts among international agencies, governments and NGOs to face these.
Further, the report uncovers lessons learned from three different types of donor-supported interventions for youth in fragile situations: secondary education, accelerated learning, and technical and vocational training. The focus is on documented impact for young people and lessons learned for donors. 
Finally, the report discusses the main findings and provides recommendations for donors.

To read the full report, please click here.
Conference Report: EU High Level Conference on Education and Development
European Union

On 23 May, 2013, the European Union hosted a high-level international conference to discuss the global opportunities and challenges in education and development. In the context of a global economic crisis, with pressures on spending in so many countries, there was a clear message from this conference that education is central to economic growth, political stability, and social development.

Building on some areas of good progress, there is a need for a step change in efforts to achieve education goals and to look at new and innovative ways to do this. This conference concluded that the global political momentum and support can be continued including:
  • Development partners should support national governments in their push to meet the MDGs, including through specific country programmes, the Global Partnership for Education, the Global Education First Initiative or other joint initiatives.
  • The attention and funding given to education in emergencies should be increased.
  • Financing to education both globally and nationally needs to be monitored through existing agency mechanisms with sustained advocacy to maintain the pressure on all governments to prioritise spending on education, despite the pressure for cuts.
To read the full conference report, please click here.
Call for Contributions

Call for Applications: Editor and Editorial Board Members for the Journal on Education in Emergencies

We have exciting news: INEE will be soon launching a peer-reviewed Journal on Education in Emergencies! And the searches for the Journal's first Editor and Editorial Board members are now open.

This scholarly, peer-reviewed Journal is proposed in response to the growing need for rigorous EiE research to strengthen the evidence base, support EiE policy and practice, and improve learning in and across organizations, academic institutions and policy institutions. This Journal will close a gap existing in the academic space: currently, there is no Journal dedicated to this topic.

The scope of EiE research appropriate for this Journal is conceptualized broadly to cover many areas of EiE including emergency education response in natural disasters, conflict/fragile states and complex emergencies, conflict sensitive education, attacks on education, education for peacebuilding, education and fragility, disaster risk reduction and education, and forced migration and education.

Additionally, articles on the entire continuum of prevention, preparedness, response, recovery through to development and on thematic/cross-cutting issues would also be appropriate.

For more details on the positions, see Terms of References for the Editor and the Editorial Board Member. To view the concept note for the Journal, please click here.

Call for Youth Voices: Education in Emergencies

The most recent blog post from the AYTT calls for youth voices to tell their stories of education in emergencies and issues to raise in the post-2015 agenda.

In honor of International Youth Day, share your story! Whether you have worked in emergency settings or you call "conflict affected" home, please email with your experiences of education when you were a youth or as a youth now and we will post your story on the INEE blog. We look forward to hearing from you and sharing our stories together!

To share your story, email, or read the full call for youth voices here.
Online Discussion: Teaching Education in Emergencies - Good Practice and Challenges

Beginning today, INEE will host a five-week online Discussion Series on Teaching Education in Emergencies: Good Practice and Challenges, moderated by Tzvetomira Laub. The Discussion Series aims to foster dialogue among professors, students, and practitioners that can inform future teaching and learning on Education in Emergencies.

Here are the articles for Week 1:
Access the Discussion Series here to read all the posts and to leave your questions, comments and feedback. Thank you!
Online Discussion: Quality Education in Fragile States: Challenges and Good Practices (in FRENCH)
INEE French Language Community

INEE's French Language Community is currently hosting an online Discussion Forum on challenges and good practices in quality education in fragile states! This on-going discussion is led by Barry Sesnan, an EiE specialist who designed, implemented and evaluated several innovative education programmes for refugees and IDPs in West, central and eastern Africa (Mali, RD Congo, Chad, Rwanda, Somalie, Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan and other countries of West Africa).

We encourage you to add your voice to the discussion!

To join the discussion (in French), please click here.
  Coming Up  
Advanced Course on Crisis, Recovery and Transitions

Date: 13 – 19 October 2013
Venue: Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
Application deadline: 8 September 2013

The past decade has seen a sharp increase in the number of countries affected by and recovering from large scale disasters, especially in the Asia Pacific region. A parallel growth has also occurred in the number of professionals working in the fields of humanitarian assistance, post-crisis recovery and development.

The Humanitarian Policy Group and the School of Public Policy and Management (SPPM) at Tsinghua University are partnering to offer the second Advanced Course on Crisis, Recovery and Transitions.

Over one week, this course aims to facilitate learning and guided reflection on these crucial issues and the dynamics professionals are subject to in the Asia Pacific region. Participants will engage in a participatory learning process that combines lectures with small group discussions and exercises, with the possibility of publishing an analytical piece.

If you are interested in attending the course, please complete the application form and submit it to

The Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) is an open global network of practitioners, students, teachers, staff from UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, donos, governments and universities who work together to ensure all persons the right to quality, relevant and safe educational opportunities. INEE is a vibrant and dynamic inter-agency forum that fosters collaborative resource development and knowledge sharing and informs policy through consensus-driven advocacy. INEE also has a website with a wide range of resources for those working on education in emergencies, chronic crises and early recovery
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