USAID Education in Crisis and Conflict Network’s (ECCN’s) latest iteration of its foundational course Essentials for Education in Crisis and Conflict took place in Washington, DC May 1-3 2017.
The focus of the course was on the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region, and we were lucky to be joined by field practitioners from El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. We were also joined by professionals from throughout USAID, Read more »
When USAID’s Middle East Bureau asked RTI’s international education team to assess what has been happening to formal education in Syria during the ongoing tragic conflict, I was happy to raise my hand and take on this task. My mother was born and raised in Aleppo and my maternal family roots are deeply tied to the past 150 years of its history. Watching the annihilation of parts of Aleppo and learning of cousins becoming refugees in Lebanon, Read more »
UNESCO’s Mobile Learning Week 2017, in partnership with UNHCR and held in late March, intended to, “examine how new and affordable technologies can reinforce education in emergency and crisis contexts and expand learning opportunities for displaced people while facilitating their inclusion in national and community settings.” ECCN members attended the event to contribute to sessions on ICT solutions for learners, teachers and systems in emergency and crisis settings. Several trends stood out… Read more »
The Comparative International Education Society (CIES) Conference 2017 in Atlanta, GA (March 6-9) featured many key sessions around issues related to education in crisis and conflict (EiCC). As graduate students in the field of EiCC attending our first CIES conference, we identified three key takeaways from various sessions, including conflict-related information and communications technologies (ICTs), quality data collection and management, and the utility of the “Communicating, Learning and Adapting” (CLA) framework. Read more »
Another year has come to a close, and within the EiCC community, we are well aware of the 65 million displaced people around the world who are still in search of a safe home that will allow them to pursue fulfilling lives. A couple of months ago, ECCN hosted a roundtable on urban refugee education and the key takeaways are available here. Conversations from that event lingered in my mind during my recent trip to Germany last month, Read more »
The 6th annual mEducation Alliance Symposium took place in Washington, DC in October and members of USAID ECCN joined dozens of others to learn and engage with innovations that have evidence of promising impact along focal tracks, such as: Crisis, Refugees, and Conflict, Education System Strengthening, and Youth and Workforce. Read more »
Historic change has happened at the global policy level that will have a profound impact on how we work.
In little over a year, world leaders have come together and agreed to the High Level Meeting on Refugees and Migrants, World Humanitarian Summit Commitments to Action, Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Security Council Resolution on Youth, Peace and Security, Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and the Sustainable Development Goals. Read more »
USAID ECCN Support Team members attended several events surrounding the UN General Assembly (UNGA) meeting in New York this week. Below, USAID ECCN’s new Senior Researcher Colette Chabbott details her experience at the Dubai Cares and INEE event on September 20, 2016.
Despite a very early morning start, attendance was encouraging and energy was evident at the launch of a new $10 million E3 research initiative, Read more »
Gender mainstreaming is an approach that seeks to identify the distinct roles, needs and opportunities of different gender and age groups and to put strategies in place that will ensure equitable access to services and close opportunity gaps. In Somalia, there are profound disparities between the sexes that start early in life and in this context gender mainstreaming is a critical step toward equity and getting girls to school. Somalia is not an easy place to be female. Read more »
Most education service delivery in conflict- and crisis-prone areas takes place in contexts where education is already in a state of crisis. The reality of people’s lives in many places is that they are either already in a crisis situation, emerging from one or entering one. These complex social and economic dynamics at community, national and regional levels often negatively impact the delivery of essential services, including education. Despite the signing of a comprehensive peace agreement, Read more »
I grew up in Germany, in a village outside Stuttgart. It’s a pretty traditional area where most people know each other and most speak Swabian, a German dialect that is almost impossible to understand for the un-indoctrinated.
I’m back home for a visit and we’re watching the evening news as we’ve always done. Today’s events: another 40 people died crossing the Mediterranean – amongst them 17 children. 10,000 refugee minors are declared missing. Read more »
As we embark on developing the USAID ECCN community of practice, I keep coming back to the phrase: “making meaning together.” For me, this phrase captures the essence of a successful community of practice. It focuses on action (‘making’) and substance (‘meaning’). It underscores the inherently social nature of learning (‘together’).
Lave and Wenger, who first popularized the term ‘community of practice’, Read more »