For millions of children across the world, going to school is sometimes interrupted by humanitarian emergencies, such as conflicts, natural disasters and disease outbreaks. One in six school-age children are in a country experiencing conflict and protracted crises, according to the Global Partnership for Education (2016). In order to ensure that the – often life-saving – human right of education is protected during these difficult times, the International Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) is dedicated to providing quality, relevant and safe education to children impacted by crises.
Comprising a global network of over 14,000 individual members and 130 partner organizations in 190 countries, INEE’s members are practitioners working for national and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and United Nations agencies, government officials, donors; students, teachers, and researchers – many of whom are from the affected communities – who voluntarily join in the work related to education in emergencies. Using a strategic plan to guide priorities and actions, the network provides support through community building, convening, knowledge management, amplifying and advocating, facilitating and learning.
The International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP), established by UNESCO in 1963, has played a key role in the development of INEE and the establishment of its internationally- recognized INEE Minimum Standards, which are now leading the way in coordinating quality education interventions before, during and after emergencies and during reconstruction.
IIEP is a founding member of the INEE Working Group on Education and Fragility and also a member of the INEE Education Cannot Wait Advocacy Working Group, to ensure prioritized, protected and planned funding for education in emergencies.
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