Bush and Saltarelli (2000) told us that there are two faces of education in ethnic conflict – education grievances and structural features that can act as drivers of conflict, and education policies that can build connectors and promote peace. Many countries face new and divisive tensions as economic and other forces impact unevenly on different ethnic, linguistic, religious and other groups, leading to instability and sometimes armed conflict.
The Sustainable Development Goals Targets 4.1 and 4.7 ask educators to see that all children complete primary and secondary school, 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 »
775 million children and youth in 35 conflict-affected countries are left behind in the global drive towards Education for All. The human, social and economic costs are staggering, not least since these young people are at risk for recruitment into gangs and insurgent militias, and for girls, early forced marriages and sexual trafficking.
The global initiative Education Cannot Wait is based on the recognition that assuring education for these children and youth requires a shift in approaches to provide a path back into education for those excluded as a consequence of crisis and conflict. Read more »
USAID, with NORC at the University of Chicago, has produced an important new study, Accelerated Education Programs in Crisis and Conflict: Building Evidence and Learning. This thorough literature review provides insight into a critical global issue: As of 2013, almost 50 million primary and lower- secondary-age children have been deprived of an education through the impact of crisis and/or conflict.
Accelerated Education Programs (AEPs) provide a key strategy for children and youth to gain access to basic education that is otherwise denied to them. Read more »