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Conflict sensitivity in ICT for education in crisis and conflict programming

March 8 @ 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm

Children with a radio

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Given the humanitarian imperative and increasing demand to provide children and youth access to quality education in crisis and conflict-affected contexts (United Nations General Assembly, 2008; United Nations Children’s Fund, 2016), many organizations have been or are currently answering the call. It is widely accepted that education and conflict have a complex relationship (Bush & Saltarelli, 2000; Davies, 2004; Davies & Talbot, 2008; Davies, 2011), that can result in the provision of education addressing, neglecting, and/or exacerbating issues of (in)equality. In order to address negative ramifications that may arise without critical reflection, the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) (2013) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) (2013) suggests planning, implementing, and evaluating education with a ‘conflict sensitive’ lens.

Incorporating principles of conflict sensitive education is essential for effective programming in crisis and conflict settings. This is especially true when using technological tools for education as they can both support inclusion and exacerbate exclusion (Dayha, 2016). As access to technology increases worldwide, education programs operating in crisis and conflict settings and using ICT in their programming should consider issues like privacy, creating conflict sensitive curricula, scaling ICT programming in a way that doesn’t introduce further risk to students and communities and ensuring that technology use doesn’t further marginalize certain groups, to name just a few examples.

This panel will feature lessons learned and best practice recommendations from Souktel, Mercy Corps, EDC, and Creative Associates International programs on designing and implementing conflict sensitive ICT solutions for education programming from their global experiences including conflict-affected areas in northern Nigeria and Syrian refugees in Turkey.

Presentations include:

Implementing the human-centered design approach in times of conflict by Souktel

Navigating the complexity of scaling: Creating approaches to reach out-of-school Syrians in Turkey by Mercy Corps

Paperless teacher and system support: Use of ICT to pay teachers, track books, provide coaching and engage parents in Northern Nigeria by EDC and Creative Associates International

Chair: Lisa Deters, USAID

Discussant: Lisa Hartenberger Toby, USAID ECCN

Organizer: Amy Deal, USAID ECCN.

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