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Promoting access to quality, safe, and relevant education for all persons affected by crisis

Adolescents and Youth Task Team


Eli Rognerud ©
Haiti, 2010
The INEE Adolescent and Youth Task Team (AYTT) is composed of committed individuals from UN agencies, international and national NGOs, practitioners, researchers and policy makers who work collaboratively on technical tasks to ensure a coordinated, expanded and evidence-based response to the educational rights, needs and aspirations of adolescents and youth affected by crisis.

In crisis contexts, education and training play a critical role in creating an environment where all young people can develop a sense of agency and purpose, gain livelihood skills and become actors for peace and stability. And yet, all too often, even where education is available in emergencies, most programs target younger primary-aged children, with too little investment in the developmental and protection rights and needs of youth. The INEE Adolescent and Youth Task Team aims to fill this critical gap considering that:

  • 1.8 of the world’s 7 billion people are adolescents and youth aged 10-24, that is more than 1 in 4 persons worldwide, 1 in 3 in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • In 2010, there were still 122 million people between 15 and 24 years of age - 74 million women and 48 million men - who were unable to read and write a short, simple statement about their everyday life. The great majority of these youth live in Southern Asia (62 million) and sub-Saharan Africa (45 million).
  • Only 55% of secondary-school-age children go to secondary school in developing countries, this figures is as low as 28% in the least developed countries (2007-2010 figures). In Africa, only about 1 out of 3 children of secondary school age actually attends secondary school. 

The Task Team’s workplan focuses on the following objectives:

  • Advocacy
  • Knowledge management and technical capacity
  • Resources for All
  • Inter-agency and inter-sectoral coordination


The INEE Adolescent and Youth Task Team is open to anyone who is interested in education for youth in crisis contexts. If you are interested in participating in this Task Team, please send an introductory email to the AYTT email address and indicate your interest. If you are interested in this work but are not yet a member of INEE, please join us -

Contact the AYTT conveners at youthtaskteam(at)


  • Minna Peltola (Finn Church Aid)
  • Rachael Reilly (Women’s Refugee Commission)
  • Catherine Gladwell (Refugee Support Network)
  • Jennifer Roe (RET)
  • Caroline Schmidt (GIZ)

Ongoing Work

Caroline Trutmann, Save the Children ©
Alicia, 11, studies the alphabet in an accelerated learning class Mukitixi, Kuansa Sul Province, Angola.
This Task Team has identified a number of priority activities relating to the objectives above. Brief descriptions of each area of work are below:

Advocacy Draw on existing emergency-focused research, as well as relevant research from development contexts, to develop advocacy briefs that make the case for post-primary education:

  • economically, socially, politically, and developmentally
  • in terms of peace and stability, and human rights

The AYTT created a brief for the side event to the UN High Level Meeting on Youth that took place on 25 July 2011 in New York.  The brief gives a general overview of the trends, challenges and ways forward for education for youth affected by crisis. The advocacy brief can be read here. Additional briefs related to the points above will also be produced.

Knowledge management and technical capacity Collate tools and emergency-specific guidance on quality and relevant youth education programming.

Increasing funding for post-primary education This involves conducting a donor analysis to determine which donors are funding post-primary education, and compile examples of innovative funding practices.

Inter-agency and inter-sectoral coordination Develop guidance to support Education in Emergencies agencies engage with national and local youth-serving and youth-led organizations.


INEE-Education Cluster Webinar on Adolescents and Youth Programming in Crisis Contexts

This webinar was held on 27 March 2012.  Related documents and an audio-video recording of the 1-hour webinar are available through the links below.

Webinar recording


2010 Policy Roundtable An Enabling Right: Education for Youth Affected by Crisis:

The 2010 Policy Roundtable was held on 15-16 November 2010. The one-and-a-half day event brought together a diverse group of policymakers, practitioners, donors, and youth to strategize around how to close critical gaps in advocacy, financing, and service delivery for youth affected by crisis.

From the Working Group and plenary discussions, four foundational principles for work with youth emerged. These include: the centrality of youth participation in all areas of work; the need to take a balanced, sector-wide focus; the importance of utilizing a cross-sectoral approach to ensure youth are seen holistically in terms of their physical, mental, social, developmental, and political needs; and the necessity for evidence-based policy and programming to ensure access to quality opportunities for youth affected by crisis.

For more information on the 2010 Policy Roundtable and to download the Outcome Report, please go here. Also, three framing papers are available below:


INEE Global Consultation, 31st March – 2nd April, 2009. Istanbul, Turkey

Several members of the Task Team participated in INEE’s Global Consultation 2009 in Istanbul, which included several sessions dedicated to youth issues, as well as a face-to-face meetings of the Task Team. You can find the Session Overview on Strategies to Increase and Improve Educational and Skills Building Opportunities for Displaced Youth here and the Session Overview on Comprehensive Approaches to VET and Youth Livelihood here.

Further Global Consultation Documents are available:

  • You can visit the INEE Global Consultation 2009 web pages here.
  • You can download the full INEE Global Consultation 2009 Programme here.
  • You can download the INEE Global Consultation 2009 Outcome Report here.