Education is a fundamental component of humanitarian response: it contributes to the physically and psychologically protection of children, their families and communities; it supports and promotes the continuation of child development and learning and helps prevent drop out; it presents an opportunity to improve the reach, quality and relevance of education, including building resilience.
A key part of being able to initiate, design and implement timely and quality Education in Emergencies (EiE) responses that can fulfil this role is that Education/EiE staff responsible possess the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes (competencies) - developing these competencies where they are needed - in emergency-prone context, countries and regions - is the aim of the inter-agency Education in Emergencies (EiE) Professional Development Programme (PDP).
Launched in 2015, courses have been delivered in East Africa; Middle East, South East Asia (and China) and South Asia, with an advanced course cycle currently running in the Middle East and Eastern Europe (MEEE) region. Learning from each cycle has informed the next and supported the development of the University of Geneva-accredited advanced course (EiE Certificate in Advanced Studies – CAS). Courses employ a blended approach to learning combining 3-6 months of technical expert-led distance e-learning (self-directed study, webinars, open office hours, forum discussions, formatively and summatively assessed group and individual assignment), 5-10 days of face-to-face residential (incl. simulation and ToT), and follow-up components including skills-sharing training assignment and support, mentoring and coaching, exchange opportunities and an ongoing community of practice (CoP).
The EiE PDP is increasingly delivered and managed by regional teams, with the aim to better reach local organizations, better engage and draw on regional expertise and better contextualise the content and services to the different regional contexts – all of which will contribute to the evolution and sustainability of the programme as a regional sector good. Future course offers (Advanced and Intermediate) and services will be focused mainly in the Middle East and Eastern Europe (MEEE) and East and Southern Africa (ESA) regions, but ad hoc services and support is also available upon request These three distinct but related EiE PDP offerings are outlined below: