Education and Fragility Newsletter
September 2013
Knowledge Capsule

Did you know…More than 3,000 schools in Syria have been damaged or destroyed since the conflict began in the spring of 2011. Another 900 have been turned into shelters. Since last fall, 1.9 million children have dropped out of school—nearly 40% of all registered students in grades 1-9. In Aleppo and Idlib, the war’s most hard-hit provinces, attendance is down to just 23% and 30% respectively, and 1,200 schools have been ruined. In these areas, the vast majority of children are not going to school.

Sound Bite

"Education for my children is more important than anything else."

 "The war has affected our children's brains more than all the damage to buildings." 

"Education was a beautiful dream for our children...We want to secure it for them again."

~ Syrian parents on their children's educationBack to School: Even in Syria, Education Is About Hope

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Dear INEE Members,

Welcome to the INEE Education and Fragility Newsletter for the month of September 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 On the Spotlight:
  • Interview with Dr. Yolande Miller-Grandvaux, USAID Education Advisor
Conflict Sensitive Education Corner

Spotlight on a CSE Pack tool:
  • INEE Reflection Tool for Designing and Implementing Conflict Sensitive Education Programmes in Conflict-Affected and Fragile Contexts
Spreading the Word on CSE:
News Work Bench
  • Web Resource: Education in Emergencies Crisis Series
  • Report: Making Education a Priority in the Post-2015 Development Agenda
  • Report: Education Without Borders: A report from Lebanon on Syria's Out-of-School Children
  • Working PaperDisplacement and Education of the Next Generation: Evidence from Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Call for Applications: Georg Arnhold Visiting Research Professorship - Education for Sustainable Peace
  • Call for Information on Syrian Response to Education
Coming Up
  • Event: Syrian Higher Education in Crisis: The Road Forward
  Working Group Corner  

Report on Roundtable Discussion: Health and Education in Conflict-Affected and Fragile Contexts – Bridging the Development Gap and Enhancing Collaborations

The INEE Working Group on Education and Fragility (WGEF), in collaboration with the Health and Fragile States Network (HFSN), held a Roundtable Discussion entitled “Health and Education in Conflict-Affected and Fragile Contexts: Bridging the development gap and enhancing collaborations” on 31 May 2013 at the U. S. Institute of Peace. The event brought together 30 experts and practitioners from both the health and education sectors.

The objective of this Roundtable Discussion was to identify the gaps in collaboration and possible types of collaboration between the health and education sectors around governance, protection, and human resources in conflict-affected and fragile contexts.

The report summarises discussions held on these three issues, and outlines conclusions and recommendations made in relation to inter-sectoral collaboration, research, and funding and advocacy, as well as outlining next steps.

To read the full report, please click here.
Synthesis Report: UNESCO-IIEP and INEE Joint Symposium at 12th UKFIET International Conference
Rebuilding resilience in a changing world: Conflict and crisis sensitive approaches to planning and programming for education systems

At the 12th UKFIET International Conference on Education and Development, UNESCO-IIEP and INEE held 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 discussed how crisis-sensitive planning can be effectively integrated into education systems.

During session 1 of this joint symposium, representatives from the Ministries of Education of South Sudan, Haiti and Palestine shared their experiences with planning for the crises affecting their countries. Following this, agencies such as DFID, IIEP, INEE and UNICEF presented the different methodologies they have developed in support of conflict and crisis sensitive planning and programming in education. The final session brought together the two earlier panels, to reflect, discuss and debate the issues presented.

UNESCO-IIEP and INEE produced a synthesis report on this joint symposium, which is available here.
In the Spotlight

Interview with Yolande Miller-Grandvaux, USAID Education Advisor
by Marianne Baesa, WGEF Communications Intern

Yolande Miller-Grandvaux is co-chair of the INEE Working Group on Education and Fragility.
As education advisor at USAID, Dr. Miller-Grandvaux provides continuous technical leadership, programming and strategic support to USAID bureaus and missions worldwide. Since 2006 she has been the point of contact for education in conflict-affected and fragile environments.  She also produced the USAID Education and Fragility Assessment tool, provided policy and programming guidance on education design, and developed the training program and modules for USAID staff in conflict-affected environments.  
USAID recently developed a checklist for conflict sensitivity in education programs, which was piloted in Liberia and Somalia and was launched at the recent USAID Education Summit. Please tell us a bit more  on why it was developed, what it is used for, how it differs from or is similar to the INEE Conflict Sensitive Pack?
The Checklist is developed in support of the third goal of the USAID’s education strategy, which is to "increase equitable access to education in crisis and conflict environments for 15 million learners by 2015".
The Checklist is similar to INEE CSE Pack in terms of objectives, goals, and approaches; where it differs is our checklist is more focused on the needs of USAID.  It gives more of a systemic approach that’s compatible to USAID missions and guides them in managing their education programs in conflict and fragile states...
To read the full interview, 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.

Spotlight on a CSE Pack Tool

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.

Spreading the Word on CSE
Presentation on CSE Pack at EDC Chief of Party Summit
Sarah Nogueira Sanca, EDC

INEE Working Group on Education and Fragility member Sarah Nogueira Sanca from Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) has been promoting the understanding and use of the INEE Conflict Sensitive Education Pack with both US-based and field office staff of the global institution.

Sarah facilitated a presentation and discussion about the CSE pack at EDC’s annual Chief of Party Summit in Washington, DC on September 6th. The summit brings senior leadership staff from education, youth and health projects that EDC implements around the world together with US-based technical and management staff to deepen awareness and ownership of organizational strategies, provide a forum for exchange and ongoing learning from field experiences and enhance technical and management skills in priority areas.

The 1.5 hour session with approximately 50 staff included an introduction to and discussion of conflict sensitivity in education, review of the INEE CSE Pack and more in-depth discussion on the relevance and potential uses of these tools and concepts in EDC’s work worldwide. Staff were interested in receiving technical support to begin using tools in on-going projects and incorporating them into project and proposal designs, as well as having future sessions to dig deeper into the concepts and applications.

INEE looks forward to hearing more about EDC's experiences as staff use the INEE 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.


EU: €4m for Education of Children Affected by Conflict
European Commission

On 14 August, the European Commission decided that it will direct a new €4 million fund towards developing countries for supporting children affected by conflict through education in emergencies and crisis situations.

This decision was taken in the context of the 'EU Children of Peace' Initiative. As the laureate of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize, the EU agreed to dedicate the prize money (almost €1 Million) to humanitarian projects assisting children affected by conflict, in the field of education. The award was supplemented by funds from the EU's humanitarian aid budget to provide €2 million in specific support for children affected by conflict and crisis situations (EU Children of Peace initiative). 
The new decision shall continue and expand this initiative. All humanitarian partner organisations of the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department are invited to submit proposals in response to the decision for humanitarian actions in support of conflict-affected children by 13 September 2013.
There were over 1 billion children living in countries affected by conflict in 2009, the European Commission estimates. The EU supports children affected by conflict, namely through child protection activities, psycho-social support, mine risk education, and actions against the recruitment of child soldiers.

Source: European Commission
Online Discussion Series on Teaching Education in Emergencies

INEE is hosting an online discussion series on Teaching Education in Emergencies: Good Practice and Challenges, and this week's articles are now available for your comments, questions, and feedback.

This series brings together leading professors, emergency education practitioners, and students to share and reflect on good practices and challenges in teaching and learning Education in Emergencies (EiE) at the university level.

Here are the new articles for this week:
For an overview of the series, and to add your voice to the discussion, please click here.
  Work Bench  
Web Resource

Education in Emergencies Crisis Spotlight Series

We are pleased to announce the addition of several new profiles in the Education in Emergencies Crisis Spotlight Series.

The aim of this series is to provide up-to-date information about the impact of natural disasters and conflicts on education around the world, in order to raise awareness and to advocate for increased response. This series primarily highlights crises that are outside the mainstream media (“forgotten”), but some high-profile crises are also included.

Today we launch new profiles on BurundiCote d’IvoireEl SalvadorMaliTimor-Leste, and Yemen. Additionally, we are pleased to announce that many of the profiles are also available in French and Spanish.

These and many more crisis spotlight profiles can be found on the INEE website. Going forward, we will continue to expand both the breadth and depth of this series to include other crisis profiles as well as updated information about the ones that are already online.

And for this, we need your help!

We call on you to review the existing crisis profiles and to send us your feedback and information, which you can do in a number of ways:

Thank you in advance for helping us improve and expand this series. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact

This series is the result of collaboration between INEE and RET.

To view the new country profiles, please click here.

Making Education a Priority in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The Global Thematic Consultation on Education in the Post-2015 Development Agenda is co-led by UNICEF and UNESCO, with support from the Governments of Canada, Germany and Senegal and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. A synthesis report has emerged from the inclusive and participatory consultation process.

The overall objective of the consultation was to assess the progress and remaining challenges in meeting the education-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted in 2000 and the broader Education for All (EFA) goals with a view to developing a holistic vision of how best to reflect education, training and learning in the post-2015 agenda.

The education consultation process emphasized that regardless of the structure the post-2015 agenda may take, education must claim an explicit goal focusing on equity, access and quality learning. Accordingly, ‘Equitable, Quality Education and Lifelong Learning for All’ is proposed as the overarching goal for education. It is expected that this goal will enable all societies to develop the skills, knowledge and innovations needed to overcome current and future political, economic, technological, health and environmental challenges and to ensure that we remain on the path of sustainable development.

Executive Summary [English] [French]
To read the full report, please click here.

Education Without Borders: A Report from Lebanon on Syria's Out-of-School Children
Kevin Watkins, Overseas Development Institute

A new report commissioned by A World at School and authored by the Overseas Development Institute‘s Kevin Watkins makes plain the desperate plight of Syria’s child refugees in Lebanon. 

Kevin Watkins, Executive Director of the ODI and former director of the Education for All Global Monitoring Report, has calculated that since 2011, 1.9 million Syrian children in grades 1-9 have dropped out of school, with 3,000 schools damaged or destroyed.

In his report, Watkins estimates that around half a million of these children will be in Lebanon by the end of 2013, and enrollment rates are below 20 percent. He then proposes a plan which - with proper funding - could put hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugee children into school in a matter of weeks and months.

To read the report, please click here.
Displacement and education of the next generation: evidence from Bosnia and Herzegovina
Households in Conflict Network, Institute of Development Studies

This working paper studies how the displacement of parents during a violent conflict affects investment in their children’s education years later. Using ethnic division during the Bosnian War as a natural experiment, the author claims to identify exogenously displaced households and compares them to households who did not have to move because of the war.

The paper finds that displaced households spend significantly less on the education of their children in primary and secondary school (20 to 35 %), while their children are equally likely to be enrolled. The finding implies that the disadvantage of displacement might be carried on to the next generation through the quality of education.

To read the full working paper, please click here.
Call for Contributions

Call for Applications: Georg Arnhold Visiting Research Professorship in Education for Sustainable Peace
The Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research

Application deadline: 4 October 2013

The Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research is pleased to announce the Call for Applications for the 2014/2015 Georg Arnhold Visiting Research Professorship in Education for Sustainable Peace.

The appointment is for a three- to six-month research stay in Braunschweig and offers distinguished scholars from the humanities, political and social sciences, education sciences or law the opportunity to conduct research projects or to finish major publications without teaching or administrative obligations. Individuals with extensive high-level international experience in government or non-governmental organizations or in international organizations may also apply. 

Further information and the application form are available here.
Call for Information on Syrian Response to Education

In preparation for the World Conference on Humanitarian Studies in Istanbul, Turkey, INEE is researching the education response for Syrian refugees in Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq/Kurdistan. INEE would like to hear from INEE members who are actively engaged in education response in these areas. 
Please send relevant information including project reports, advocacy messaging, and research to by October 4.
  Coming Up  
Syrian Higher Education in Crisis: The Road Forward
The Institute of International Education's Scholar Rescue Fund & The Center for Public Scholarship at The New School

Date: Monday, 7 October 2013 (6:00pm - 8:00pm)
Venue: The New School, New York, USA

After more than two years of war and civil unrest, Syria's higher education sector is facing a severe crisis, with educational and research facilities decimated, intellectual production and scientific research on hold, and thousands of students' education interrupted indefinitely.

Join experts on Syria, higher education, and humanitarian intervention to examine the current state of higher education in Syria and amongst Syrian refugees and to explore what programmatic interventions the international higher education sector and donor communities might pursue urgently to support Syrian academics and students. 

Event speakers will include an IIE-SRF Fellow from Syria and the University in Exile Scholar at Parsons The New School for Design who has been active in the country's higher education sector. Dr. Allan Goodman (President and CEO, Institute of International Education), Mr. Mark Angelson (Chairman, IIE's Scholar Rescue Fund), and Dr. David Van Zandt (President, The New School) will also offer remarks.     
For more information, please click here.
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