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Mar 31, 2009

Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies has released a pocket guide titled: Education in Emergencies: Including Everyone. The booklet talks of making quality education participatory and accessible to all, especially the disadvantaged and previously excluded learners.

Education in Emergencies: Including Everyone

Publisher: Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies, 2009

This document is a quick reference guide to help practitioners ensure that education in emergencies is accessible to everyone. It is for anyone working to provide, manage or support education services in emergencies, and offers practical actions that stakeholders in education in an emergency can take to improve inclusion.

  • Inclusive education is essential for achieving quality education for all. It acknowledges that all children can learn;
  • Respects differences in children: age, gender, ethnicity, language, disability, HIV and TB status, etc.;
  • Enables education structures, systems and methodologies to meet the needs of all children;
  • Is part of a wider strategy to promote an inclusive society; and
  • Is a dynamic process that is constantly evolving.

The booklet provides three types of information:

  • Advice on practical ways to make each stage of an emergency response more inclusive;
  • Ideas for addressing resistance or lack of awareness of inclusive approaches among other stakeholders; and
  • A selection of key resources and materials that offer more detailed ideas on making emergency education responses more inclusive of marginalised groups.

The booklet maps the difficulties and a problem faced by people in learning and participation, identifies the resources for help and seeks for stronger consultation, co-ordination and partnership with a diverse range of stakeholders.

It provides useful principles to think about throughout an emergency response:

  • Adapt the system to the learner rather than expecting the learner adapt to the system;
  • Offers a space to look at education with fresh perspective;
  • Inclusion in education is about participation and learning;
  • Build community support so that community members help identify excluded learners, suggest solutions and give support to specific learners;
  • Try to address factors beyond education – related to poverty, poor health, etc.; and
  • Nurture links with other organisations to share ideas and experiences.
Source : Eldis
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