May 2011 Speaker Series Program Announcement

Sponsored by Working Group on Education of the NGO Committee on UNICEF

Education in Emergencies: Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery

Speaker Lori Heninger, Ph.D.
Director, Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE)

To be held on Monday, May 9, 2011, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
The Church Center–7th Floor Conference Room
(44th Street at the corner of 1st Ave.)

Education is gaining recognition as a first-line response in humanitarian crises. Working together, national authorities, communities and international stakeholders, have the opportunity to promote social transformation by creating more equitable educational systems and structures for excluded groups: young children, girls, adolescents, disabled children, refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).

In 2004 the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) produced the Minimum Standards for Education. Updated in 2010 and supported by UNICEF, the standards are translated into twenty-three (23) languages and used in more than eighty (80) countries. The standards aim to raise the quality of education in emergency situations and provide a universal framework to ensure the right to education to all children and youth affected by crisis. The standards also hold the humanitarian community accountable for providing quality education without discrimination, and for coordinating efforts that ensure the best possible outcome for children and youth in need.

Dr. Heninger, will speak about INEE’s goals and the importance of the Minimum Standard in Education, as a tool to help governments, international aid workers and other stakeholders coordinate their efforts when emergencies strike and children’s education is at risk.

Space is limited (25). RSVP: Carol Darcy


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