Conflict and Disaster Risk Reduction in Educational Planning: Examples from Burkina Faso and Chad


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In 2009 and 2010, Burkina Faso experienced major floods that had a negative impact on schools and the school calendar. The floods of 1 September 2009 affected 11 of the country’s 13 regions, with Ouagadougou being the worst hit. More than 150 000 people were affected, including 38,000 students, mostly due to the collapse of houses that left tens of thousands of people homeless. There was also considerable damage to school infrastructure (with 405 schools affected), teaching materials, furniture, and school supplies.

Since 2003, Chad has seen an influx of some 300,000 Sudanese refugees, of whom 66,000 are school-aged children. There are also roughly 90,000 refugees from the Central African Republic, of whom 11,000 are school-aged children, plus an additional 160,000 internally displaced persons within Chad. The recent Libyan crisis resulted in the return of approximately 60,000 Chadians, and after two years of drought, flooding affected up to 9,000 people in the summer of 2010. Finally, food insecurity currently affects approximately 30% of Chadian households, and the country is also dealing with a recent outbreak of cholera.

These situations affect entire school communities: students, parents, authorities, partners in education. Although education has considerable potential to prevent and prepare for emergencies, the role of education in preventing and responding to emergencies remains insufficiently stated in education policy documents and sector plans.

In order to address such issues and help ensure access to education for all children and particularly those affected by conflict and natural disasters, Burkina Faso and Chad have begun the process of integrating measures for the effective prevention and management of emergencies into their education plans and policies. IIEP is supporting these countries in this work.


Type of Event Special Event
Start 07.11.2011 13:00 local time
End 07.11.2011 14:00 local time
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Focal point Roesner, Stefan
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City Paris
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