Minimum standards for education in emergenciesUNESCO is launching a handbook of Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies, Chronic Crises and Early Reconstruction, as part of the effort to meet the targets of Education for All. The Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) prepared the publication and will present it on Friday, February 25, 4 - 5.30 p.m., UNESCO Headquarters, Room VII.
Among the minimum standards are free access to education for all; secure learning environments, that enhance the physical and psychological wellbeing of learners; and the implementation of programmes adapted to the crisis situation, for instance, allowing refugees to study in their local or national languages. The standards also establish rules for the training and working conditions of teachers and other education personnel.
The publication is based on the premise that people affected by crisis, whether due to conflict or natural disaster, still have a right to education. Education is a priority humanitarian concern in emergency situations: it saves lives, notably by protecting against exploitation and delivering survival messages on issues such as landmines or HIV/AIDS.
The global standards set forth in the handbook were defined over two years of work including local, national and regional consultations, by the INEE’s Working Group on Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies. More than 2,250 people from 50 countries participated, including students, representatives of NGOs, governments and United Nations agencies.
INEE is an open network whose secretariat is based at UNESCO. It includes about 100 organizations representing the UN, NGOs, donors, practitioners, researchers and individuals from affected populations working together to ensure the right to education in emergencies and early post-crisis reconstruction. For more information and to download the Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies: www.ineesite.org
Journalists interested wishing to cover the event are requested to register with UNESCO’s Press Relations Section: tel. +33 (0)1 45 68 17 48/ fax 01 45 68 56 52