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Education in emergencies

We have more than 20 years’ experience of working in fragile and conflict-affected states and supporting education in emergencies. We provide rapid-response support and advice in emergencies, as well as both immediate and long-term technical assistance for post-crisis capacity building and reform.

Our experience includes large-scale post-conflict education capacity building and reform in Cambodia (1997-2017), Rwanda (2001-2016) and Somalia (late 1990s-2017), as well as providing immediate technical assistance in Ethiopia, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Uganda, among others. We also provided rapid-response support and advice to ministries of education around the world during the Covid-19 pandemic.

We have significant experience in refugee education. Through our work with Alexandria Schools Trust, we support the training of Syrian refugee teachers in Lebanon and Jordan, building on their existing skillsets in English as a medium of instruction. We have also developed the global evidence base on education for refugees and internally displaced persons, to facilitate dialogue among policymakers and inform our programmatic work in refugee and conflict-affected states.

Education in emergencies continues to be a focus of our research work. In recent years, we have partnered with IIEP-UNESCO to publish reports on teacher management in refugee settings in Kenya, Ethiopia and Jordan. Our researchers also produced a wealth of rapid-response research for organisations including the EdTech Hub and the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) on education in emergencies – as well as education recovery – during the Covid-19 pandemic.


Find out more about our work supporting education in refugee settings