EDT is proud to have presented findings on the professional development of teachers of refugees, and formally pledged support for refugee learners and their teachers around the world, at the Global Refugee Forum between 13th and 15th December 2023.
At the forum, Helen West, Principal Education Consultant at EDT, participated in an expert panel of researchers and practitioners. Helen jointly presented with IIEP’s Katja Hinz on inclusive teacher professional development in refugee contexts, the topic of their contribution to NORRAG's latest Policy Insights publication, Refugee Teachers: The Heart of the Global Refugee Response.
Helen said, “participating in the NORRAG publication launch and the Global Refugee Forum was both inspiring and humbling. Moving forward, I'm hopeful that the value and importance of teachers of refugees will be increasingly acknowledged by donors and policymakers. At EDT, we remain committed to supporting teachers, particularly those working in challenging environments and teaching the most vulnerable learners.”
EDT’s contribution to the NORRAG publication follows a multi-year research project through which EDT and IIEP have published a series of reports, policy briefs and films on effective teacher management in refugee settings in Jordan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. The rationale for starting this research in 2018 was the lack of evidence on teachers of refugees, and we hope that, through this research series, we have increased the evidence available to policymakers to enable them to make informed decisions to support teachers.
Find out more about our expertise in supporting education in refugee settings.
At the end of 2022, there were 108.4 million forcibly displaced persons. Among these are 35.5 million refugees, over half of whom are children. Effective management of teachers is central to ensuring inclusive, equitable, and quality education for these children and young people, as teaching quality constitutes the most important factor affecting students’ learning. This report, the final in a series of country reports, investigates teacher management in refugee contexts in Uganda. It contributes to a burgeoning body of evidence about teachers in refugee contexts and aims to provide policy guidance to support ministries of education.
Our work in emergency and refugee settings, alongside our research on policy and practice in these contexts, has long formed an important part of what we do at EDT. Ahead of this week’s Global Refugee Forum, we are delighted to share that EDT is formally pledging its support for refugee learners and their teachers around the world.
To mark the launch of a new research brief on practical steps to support teachers in refugee settings in Kenya, EDT was delighted to convene a recent high-impact workshop with IIEP-UNESCO. The event, attended by government representatives from several key departments, focused on developing strategic, tangible plans to improve the quality of teaching and learning available to all students in Kenya’s refugee hosting communities.