12.03.2018 - UNESCO Office in Nairobi

PRESS RELEASE: Regional workshop on crisis-sensitive planning and the inclusion of displaced populations in national education systems


UNESCO, in partnership with UNHCR, UNICEF, and the Global Education Cluster (GEC), is holding a regional workshop to strengthen the coherence between humanitarian and development aid (the humanitarian–development nexus) for education service delivery in the Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESAR).

Nairobi, 12 March 2018 Displaced children and youth remain among the most marginalized groups worldwide in terms of education access. An estimated 60% of all refugee children and youth attend primary school, compared to 90% of children globally. At the secondary level, the rate drops to 23%, compared to 84% of youth globally.

While governments in the Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESAR) have made progress enrolling refugee children in school, countries hosting high numbers of displaced persons often struggle to provide quality services for all children and youth. Though displacement situations are often protracted, education for displaced populations has traditionally been financed by short-term emergency/humanitarian funds, with little room for long-term planning to address inequalities and ensure sustainable access to quality education.

Today, education partners increasingly recognize the need to include displacement-related strategies and protocols in sector planning processes. Planning and managing education for displaced populations is an integral part of crisis-sensitive educational planning that requires individual, organizational, and institutional capacities within government agencies, as well as among humanitarian and development partners. Effective coordination between these actors can help ensure efficient use of resources, avoid duplication of activities, and encourage collaboration.

In this context, UNESCO, in partnership with UNHCR, UNICEF, and the Global Education Cluster (GEC), is holding a regional workshop from 20 to 23 March 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya, to help improve joint planning for education service delivery across development and humanitarian processes in ESAR. Teams from Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, and Uganda will participate in the three and a half-day workshop.

The workshop builds on recent international agreements such as the New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants and the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), and regional initiatives such as the Djibouti Declaration on Regional Refugee Education and its Plan of Action. It is the first of a series of new capacity development activities to strengthen capacities for crisis-sensitive education sector planning in displacement contexts in Eastern and Western Africa as part of a partnership between UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP-UNESCO), UNHCR, and the GEC.

Venue: Safari Park Hotel

Anna Seeger, Programme Specialist, IIEP-UNESCO, a.seeger(at)iiep.unesco.org
Asako Ikegami, Education Project Officer, UNESCO, a.ikegami(at)unesco.org

Related documents:

· IIEP Policy Brief: Conflict-sensitive and risk-informed planning in education. Lessons learned. http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002471/247146e.pdf

· UNHCR’s strategic directions 2017–2021. http://www.unhcr.org/5894558d4.pdf

· ‘IGAD Ministers of Education endorse Djibouti declaration on refugee education’. https://igad.int/divisions/health-and-social-development/1725-igad-ministers-of-education-endorse-djibouti-declaration-on-refugee-education

· Djibouti declaration on regional conference on refugee education in IGAD member states. Theme: Regional quality Education Standards and Inclusion into National Systems for Refugee Children, in line with CRRF, SDG 4 and Agenda 2063 on Education. https://igad.int/attachments/article/1725/Djibouti%20Declaration%20on%20Refugee%20Education.pdf

· Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) – CRRF Global Digital Portal. http://crrf.unhcr.org/en/

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