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Recent and upcoming high-level meetings and events on education and fragility organised by, or in conjunction with the INEE Working Group on Education and Fragility are highlighted below. To learn more about other events and learning opportunities on education and fragility, please visit the INEE Events page.
At the 12th UKFIET International Conference on Education and Development, UNESCO-IIEP and INEE held a joint symposium entitled “Rebuilding resilience in a changing world: Conflict and crisis sensitive approaches to planning and programming for education systems”. Senior policy makers together with development partners discussed how crisis-sensitive planning can be effectively integrated into education systems.
During session 1 of this joint symposium, representatives from the Ministries of Education of South Sudan, Haiti and Palestine shared their experiences with planning for the crises affecting their countries. Following this, agencies such as DFID, IIEP, INEE and UNICEF presented the different methodologies they have developed in support of conflict and crisis sensitive planning and programming in education. The final session brought together the two earlier panels, to reflect, discuss and debate the issues presented.
UNESCO-IIEP and INEE produced a synthesis report on this joint symposium, which is available here.
United States Launch of the INEE Conflict Sensitive Education Pack
FHI 360, Save the Children US
On Tuesday August 13th, FHI 360 and Save the Children US joined INEE in launching the INEE Conflict Sensitive Education (CSE) Pack, developed to support the integration of conflict sensitivity in education policies and programs.
A morning workshop provided a group of practitioners, policy-makers, and donors the opportunity to review the key concepts of conflict-sensitive education and apply the CSE Pack in a simulation activity.
The afternoon launch introduced the CSE Pack to about 100 people who attended the event in-person or via live-streaming. Keynote speakers Carol Bellamy, former Chair of the Board, Global Partnership for Education, and Christie Vilsack, Senior Education Advisor, USAID also shared their reflections on the CSE Pack.
In her keynote speech, Carol Bellamy, said "what has been missing from the debate is (...) how exactly to deliver a good quality education for children in the most difficult of circumstances. That's why I'm excited to be here (...) to celebrate what I consider a really positive development, something that propels beyond the list of the very severe challenges and actually begins to look at solutions - I love everything about this [INEE CSE] pack."
You can watch a recording of the event here.
Education and health can play a critical role in supporting state and peace building in conflict-affected and fragile contexts. A country that has ten percentage points more of its youth in schools cuts risk of conflict by four percentage points (Collier, 2006). Similarly, reduced child mortality, a stable demographic pattern and strong medical labour force can support stabilization and address causes of fragility.
Education and health interventions are often divided due, among others, to funding restrictions, and yet in most cases collaborative efforts are required to support the psychosocial wellbeing of the population, the prevention of violence, and the full development of children and youth.
Beyond the experiences of two distinct sectors, how can the education and health sectors collaboratively address the challenges posed by conflict-affected and fragile contexts in the post-2015 world? How can they work together to strengthen state- and peace building processes in these contexts? And how can they collaborate to effectively influence donors to prioritise funding to both sectors individually, as well as combined health and education projects and programmes, in conflict-affected and fragile contexts?
The objective of this roundtable discussion is to identify the gaps in collaboration and possible types of collaboration between the health and education sectors around state and peace building in conflict-affected and fragile contexts in the post-2015 world. Participants will work in small groups to discuss collaborative actions related to protection, resilience, psycho-social wellbeing, financial and human resources, and governance.
It is expected that, after the roundtable discussion, a document will be produced which will serve to identify possible collaborative efforts (e.g. joint research, cost-benefit cross-sectorial models to strengthen state building and peace building), which may also be used as a background document to inform policy discussions on the post-2015 agenda.
Organized by UNESCO-IIEP and INEE through its Working Group on Education and Fragility, this high-level symposium launched the INEE harmonized approach and tools to introduce conflict-sensitivity in education policies, programmes and investment.
The Symposium launched of the INEE harmonized approach and tools to introduce conflict sensitivity in education policies, programmes and investment.
The participants are expected to endorse a Common Framework for prioritizing conflict-sensitive education in crisis-affected countries, and for the further mobilization of all key stakeholders around concerted actions to help these countries achieve Education for All targets and the MDGs.
This Common Framework is also expected to support conflict-affected countries applying for funding to the Global Partnership for Education to ensure that their education plans are not conflict-blind.