Education in Syria Webcast
March 29, 2017
This webcast on the situation of education in Syria, especially in Dara’a, Idlib, and Aleppo featured a review of the literature carried out by RTI for USAID in late 2016. The content and discussion focus on three important issues:
- The key inputs that make an education system function.
- The education delivery systems inside Syria (how they differ in Syrian-government-controlled areas, Syrian-Interim-Government-(SIG)-controlled areas, and other areas under the control of ISIS or unknown actors).
- The international community’s response to the crisis.
Learn more about the literature findings by accessing the research brief here.
Nina Etyemezian is the director of program development and strategy for RTI’s International Education Division, where she has been since 2014. She is native to the Levant, has worked on education, gender, and youth throughout the Middle East and North Africa region, including as the Education and Gender Advisor for USAID/Morocco. Nina has an EdM in International Education from Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Chris Capacci Carneal is an education development officer in USAID’s Middle East Bureau. She has been with USAID since 2004. Prior to USAID, Carneal worked with Catholic Relief Services and Save the Children in their Sahel Field Office. She has a PhD in International Development Education from Florida State University.
Jim Rogan is Senior Advisor to USAID’s Education in Conflict and Crisis Network (ECCN), and is Principal and Owner of Exterion LLC, an international development consulting firm. He is a peacebuilding and governance specialist, and has worked on education in conflict and crisis for nearly 10 years. He has held senior management positions with the UN and the private sector. His last role was as Chief of Peacebuilding and Recovery for UNICEF in New York. He holds a BSFS from Georgetown University and an MA in International Political Economy from the University of Chicago.
Syria Webcast Questions and Answers
Question (from Hank Healey): What is happening in Syrian education now is a miracle; the key is to figure out how those miracles happened (to identify the driving forces behind them) and strive to keep those forces in place as well as replicate them elsewhere.