On November 15th, 2017, USAID hosted a five-hour violence prevention education panel discussion in D.C. for USAID and partners focused on Latin and Central America. Dr. Helga Cuéllar-Marchelli (FUSADES) gave the keynote presentation on school-based violence prevention in El Salvador. USAID’s team leader for Education in Crisis and Conflict, Nina Papadopoulos, and ECCN’s Conflict and Crisis Specialist, Jim Rogan, joined other distinguished panelists from universities and donor agencies to explore the role of education in preventing violence in Latin America.

Learn more about the Rapid Education Risk Analysis (RERA) in El Salvador and watch for the new RERA Toolkit on ECCN’s website.

Recent News Items

USAID Releases New EiCC Learning Agenda

USAID has released the new Education in Crisis and Conflict Learning Agenda. The agenda is comprised of five priority questions  in the education in crisis and conflict field and was informed by extensive consultations with USAID colleagues and outside experts.

The five areas of research are:

  • humanitarian and development coherence,
  • student well-being,
  • equity,
  • data monitoring and evaluation, and
  • strengthening institutional capacity

ECCN encourages those who might be doing work that address any areas of this learning agenda to get in touch by sending an email to usaideccn@edc.org subject line: Learning Agenda.

We hope this agenda can result in a collective effort to generate learning that can benefit us all.

Help Shape the USG’s new International Basic Ed Strategy

Julie Cram, USAID’s Senior Coordinator of US International Basic Education Assistance, spoke with the ECCN Steering Group to gather views about what the U.S. Government’s priorities should be for the international basic education strategy, particularly from the perspective of education in crisis and conflict. Now, Julie Cram and her team are eager to gather input from the ECCN community.

We invite you to share your views. In particular we encourage members to be as specific as possible, and give examples to illustrate your input.

  1. What are the high-level education outcomes that are most important for children and youth living in crisis-affected contexts?
  2. If the US government were to focus its investments on those outcomes, what medium-term outcomes should we invest in?
  3. What are the two biggest challenges you face in trying to achieve those educational outcomes for children and young people?
  4. Finally, across the US government, what opportunities exist to leverage various agencies’ comparative strengths for improved education outcomes in crisis and conflict regions?

Submit your contributions anonymously or under a name and/or organization by May 13, 2018.

ECCN will compile all the input and share it with Julie Cram’s team.

New Partner Initiatives Program

ECCN is currently accepting applications for its new Partner Initiatives Program. This program is a unique opportunity for knowledge sharing and advancing dialogue on pertinent issues around education in crisis and conflict. For more information, see the Partner Initiatives Program page.

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