Adv. Education in Emergencies & Fragile Contexts – World Vision International

This position will provide strategic direction for World Vision’s Education in Emergencies (EiE) and humanitarian context programming covering contexts of conflict, natural disasters, and health emergencies. It will lead the EiE program development for the partnership by building and leveraging partnerships, fundraising, creating a space for innovations in programming and tools, and advocating for child protection and reducing violence against children (VAC Global Campaign) and in formal and non-formal education settings in humanitarian responses.

On 11 March 2015 in Guinea, children attend class at the Mangalla school, in the town of GuÈckÈdou, GuÈckÈdou Prefecture. Because of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak, schools across the country remained closed after the conclusion of the July-August 2014 holidays and finally reopened on 19 January 2015. UNICEF and partners have worked to help reduce, as much as possible, the risk of EVD transmission. Efforts have included training teachers to implement safety measures, such as daily temperature screenings, and supplying thermometers and handwashing kits for schools. (Photo: UNICEF/de Mun)

Why education in emergencies must be a priority for world leaders

While many of us wish things could be made better for the more than 2.8 million Syrian children currently out of school, we often fail to acknowledge that this number is a mere fraction of children bereft of education in emergencies all over the world. While conflict is a serious concern for education, it is not the only threat – just under a quarter of all emergencies are complex ones with multiple causes, nearly a fifth are natural disasters and the remainder are public health emergencies. In today’s world, in order to survive every child needs the basic necessity of education. Education is the medium that allows children to understand themselves and relate to the world around them by interacting with it in safe settings.

Teacher unions focus on plight of refugee children’s education

(Original article: Education International, 10-15-15) From Europe to the United States, teacher unions are urging their governments to both welcome more refugees and to ensure that schools open their doors to make quality education available to refugee children. The latest UNICEF education report reveals that the conflict in Syria has forced 52,000 teachers to flee […]

The Way Forward for Peace Educators

Virginia Cawagas Associate Professor, Dept. of Gender and Peace EducationUniversity for Peace, Costa Rica (Welcome letter: Issue #70 February 2010)   Dear Friends and Colleagues, The drive to the UPEACE campus is a winding road inching along hilly contours of the Pacific side of Costa Rica. Sometimes one side of the narrow road shows the […]