Strengthening systems and institutionalising education in emergency data

Strengthening EIE data systems
Last update: 8 June 2022

UNESCO is committed to supporting education systems and making them more resilient and responsive in the face of conflict, social unrest and natural hazards and to ensure that education is maintained during emergencies, conflicts and post-conflict situations.    

In order to address the lack of accurate, reliable and timely education data in crisis-affected countries, UNESCO, including IIEP, in partnership with NORCAP and supported by Education Cannot Wait (ECW) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) is working to strengthen institutional education information systems for data driven education in emergencies and resilience to crises. Institutional education information systems adapted to crisis contexts are key to identifying, addressing and monitoring the education needs of populations affected by emergencies in a comprehensive and coordinated manner. It is an essential step towards effectively building the resilience of education systems and ensuring quality and safe education for all.   

With this initiative, launched in 2019, UNESCO and its partners are implementing country-specific interventions, seeking to make institutional education information systems more crisis-sensitive and support the alignment of data collected and used by both humanitarian and development partners and education authorities. Following the elaboration of six country case studies (Chad, Ethiopia, Palestine, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic and Uganda), the current phase is implementing the recommended interventions at both global and national levels.    

By bringing together governments and partners from across the humanitarian and development community, the project addresses the challenges facing EiE and institutional education information systems in a holistic manner by tackling the entire data chain. In Ethiopia, and South Sudan, countries selected from among those that participated in the first phase, UNESCO and its partners implement adapted interventions that contribute to:    

  • Strengthen emergency preparedness and response capacities of education authorities and education in emergencies partners    
  • Improve accountability of government authorities and partners   
  • Increase political support at all levels for education in emergencies and protracted crises    
  • Increase financing for education in emergencies and protracted crises