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Creating conflict sensitive and peace-building education materials for Early Grades Reading and beyond

March 5, 2017 @ 11:45 am - 6:00 pm

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Organizers: Margaret Sinclair, Protect Education in Insecurity & Conflict (PEIC), Qatarwith support from USAID’s Education in Conflict & Crisis Network (ECCN)

With (alphabetical order):

  • Mubarak Nasser Al-Thani (EAA)
  • Aaron Benavot (UNESCO-GEM)
  • Jean Bernard (Spectacle Learning)
  • Esther Care (Brookings Institution)
  • Colette Chabbott (USAID’s ECCN)
  • Paul Frank (SIL-LEAD)
  • Susan Hirsch-Ayari (Creative Assoc)
  • Bethany Mulimbi (Harvard GSE)
  • Alexandra Solana (GPE)

This 6-hour, pre-conference workshop brought together curriculum developers from countries in conflict and crisis, program officers from agencies committed to infusing more robust SEL into formal curricula, academics, graduate students, and other practitioners from the fields of education materials/curriculum and crisis/conflict. 

The goal is two-fold.  First, participants will develop an innovative model that can help material developers in formal education systems in crisis and conflict settings address issues of social and emotional learning and responsible citizenship.  Second, participants discussed a common strategy for adding effective SEL to curricula in fragile and conflict-affected countries. Participants in Working Group 1 had hands-on work developing EGR materials using Bloom software (http://bloomlibrary.org/landing).  Bloom is a low-cost, streamlined approach to producing easy reading material in local languages, adapted to different levels of reading ability and is well-suited to post-conflict and fragile contexts. Participants in Working Group 2 shared their interest in integrating SEL into curricula for Grades 4 and in policy and shared ideas for moving ahead with SDG 4.7 at the global, national, and local level.

Introductory Presentations

Working Group 1 Presentations and Materials

Working Group 2 Presentations and Materials

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