The Network for Education in Conflict and Emergencies ran a joint event earlier in 2014, with Save the Children UK, as part of the INEE 2014 Global Consultation. Attended by over 25 people, including NGO staff, researchers and academics, students and teachers, it was an event designed to generate responses to a set of questions about the future direction of the INEE. Ours was one of 65 local consultative events that took place around the world between March and July.
While a full write up of the event can be found here is worth highlighting some points from Charlotte Balfour Poole’s (Senior Humanitarian Education Advisor at Save the Children) talk on the key achievements the education in emergencies community has accomplished over the past five years.
- Education in emergencies was recognised by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC). There is now an education cluster for emergency response.
- A number of global advocacy campaigns, including Save the Children’s Education Cannot Wait, and the formation of the draft Lucens guidelines by the Global Coalition to Prevent Education from Attack.
- The INEE itself has grown to more than 10,000 members.
- The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) launched the Children of Peace initiative with the money it received from the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2012, of which education is a central tenet.
- And in 2013, the No Lost Generation campaign was launched, to highlight the need for education to continue for the children of the Syrian conflict.
There are however, many, many more challenges ahead for the education in emergences community. Here at the Network we hope to be able to do all we can to support the INEE in its work, and assist in the development of creative, resourceful and innovative solutions to challenges in this field.
Next steps for the Global Consultation
Alongside local consultation events, an in-depth analysis was undertaken by Professor Dr. Mary Mendenhall and her graduate students at Colombia University, who produced the report, “Shaping the Agenda: Strategic Issues and Recommendations to Guide the Future of the Network.” For more information, and a summary of the report’s findings please go here.
The INEE has this week being hosting a Global Consultation Synthesis Event in Doha. Following this the vision and strategic plan will be revised and finalized, with an expected launch date of January 2015. We look forward to seeing the results! Thanks to everyone who came along for their contribution.