13.09.2017 - UNESCO Office in Santiago

Learning and recovering in emergency situations: Launch of support guides for the educational sector

  • These materials were developed using the framework of the Sin Ladrillos (Without Bricks) project, led by the United Nations system in Chile, in collaboration with the Chilean Ministry of Education.

  • The Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago) partnered with the UNHCR, IOM, PAHO and UNICEF in Chile to create these materials. The materials were printed thanks to the generous support of the Fundación SM. 

Continuing to educate despite the circumstances and continuing to learn in order to aid recovery. It is with this vision that UNESCO and other United Nations agencies in Chile have created the Reconstruir sin ladrillos. Guías de apoyo para el sector educativo en contextos de emergencia (Rebuilding without bricks. Support Guidelines for Emergency Scenarios for the Educational Sector). These materials provide general guidelines for developing educational policy in disaster situations that reflect the new commitments of the Agenda 2030, also known as Sustainable Development Goal No. 4 (Education).

The released materials provide information about how to facilitate playful approaches to delivering the curriculum in emergency situations in order to help children and young people return to their routine and contextualize their traumatic experiences. The guide contains support information for different stakeholders within the educational community and emphasizes emotional support in order to facilitate socio-emotional recovery, using interdisciplinary methods to contribute to internalizing meaningful learning. Furthermore, it includes guidance for creating learning communities through the development of shared diagnoses and legitimate actions that are pertinent to the local reality.

The guide is part of the United Nations Sin Ladrillos project in Chile (whose website contains various resources such as documents and radio products), created due to a series of massive wildfires in early 2017, which challenged Chile's capacity to respond and recover. In that context, the United Nations system in Chile joined together to respond and made its national and international capacities available to the country. This material is the fruit of those efforts.

Why is it important to continue education in an emergency?
When faced with disasters, education has historically been addressed in the medium- and long-term, instead of being initialized in the first stage of emergency response. Education cannot wait for more stable times. It must be guaranteed at all times, in all places and by any means possible as a fundamental human right.

Cecilia Barbieri, Director of OREALC/UNESCO Santiago, reinforces this vision: "In emergency situations, when the school infrastructure is weakened and school conditions more precarious, the power of education to transform lives takes on even more importance than at any other time. We offer material that supports teachers and the entire community."  Silvia Rucks, Coordinator of the United Nations system in Chile also highlights this point of view: “It is our obligation to make every effort to ensure that the effects of a disaster do not limit the development opportunities of the children in the affected areas." 

The material
These documents were drafted referencing the minimum standards published by the Inter-Agency Network on Education in Emergencies. The guide includes four sections: educational policies, quality of the teaching-learning process; access and the learning environment; and teachers and other educational stakeholders.

In order maximize its potential, practical tools and conceptual elements are used in the four areas of education in emergencies. The guide does not aim to cover everything, but rather to present introductory content so that those who use the guide can delve deeper into these issues.

Download project material:

Complete guide (pdf in Spanish)

By chapter:

Additional information:


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Rebuilding without bricks. Support Guidelines for Emergency Scenarios for the Educational Sector
Compilation: Griselda Amuchástegui, María Isabel del Valle, Henry Renna
Graphic design: Katherine González, Romina Yévenes
Cover design: Diego Donoso, Pedro Prado
Illustrations: Archivo UNESCO
Printing: A Impresores S. A.
Av. Gladys Marín Millie 6920, Estación Central,
Santiago de Chile.
Printed in Chile




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