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Education in Emergencies

EiE Professional Development Programme

Embedding education as a fundamental component of a humanitarian response

Introducing EiE and the PDP

Education is a fundamental component of a humanitarian response: it contributes to the physical and psychological 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 is having the education/EiE staff with the right competencies to do so. Developing these competencies where they are needed - in emergency-prone contexts, countries and regions - is the aim of the inter-agency EiE Professional Development Programme (PDP).

Since its launch in 2015, the EiE PDP has been developing the capacity of in-country EiE and education practitioners from all organisations through delivering a series of EiE courses via regional hubs. The courses in this series now include the face-to-face EiE Fundamentals (30 learning hours), the online EiE Intermediate course hosted on Kaya (200 learning hours), and the EiE Certificate in Advanced Studies (CAS) – a comprehensive blended learning programme accredited by the University of Geneva (totalling 420 learning hours). The EiE PDP has been delivered in East & Southern Africa (ESA), the Middle East & Eastern Europe (MEEE), South East Asia and South Asia regions, with delivery hubs established in the ESA & MEEE regions, with plans for a third in the West & Central Africa (WCA) region.

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In a complex emergency context, with rapid turnover of staff, it can be difficult for organizations and team leaders to find the time and resources to sufficiently strengthen the EiE capacity of their response staff. Additionally, the day-to-day work of a response often leaves little space to identify and address these competency gaps that may exist. However, failing to do this can undermine the effectiveness of an EiE response. 

The 30-hour EiE Fundamentals course has been designed in recognition of these challenges and aims to enhance the capacity of EiE practitioners to deliver and support quality EiE programming, without placing undue pressure on their time and resources. The EiE Fundamentals course is a face-to-face training involving limited pre-work, and aims to develop selected INEE Level 1, 2 and 3 competencies (explain, describe, identify, assess, analyse, evaluate, design, apply, use, develop engage, participate, work with). 

The EiE Fundamentals courses will be delivered by the Regional EiE PDP hubs at the regional level or to targeted countries or responses. Due to the current situation, the dates of the next CAS in Education in Emergencies are not yet confirmed. We will update this page as soon as the situation changes.

The EiE Fundamentals course will be available at the country level on demand and increasingly supported and delivered by EiE CAS graduates.

The 200-hour online EiE Intermediate course is designed for any EiE or education practitioner who needs to develop their overall understanding of EiE or in particular areas, in line with the six modules offered.  The EiE Intermediate course aims to develop INEE Level 1 competencies (explain, describe, identify).

The EiE Intermediate course can be done modularly, as a standalone course or, for eligible participants, as a pathway to the accredited Certificate in Advanced Studies (see next). The EiE Intermediate aims to be ready by end of September 2020. The EiE Intermediate course will be fully self-directed, self-paced, automated, open access and free and hosted on Kaya.

The course will be H-Pass badged but not formally accredited. Following successful piloting in English the EiE Intermediate will be translated into French by the end of 2020.

Upon completion of the Intermediate, those eligible from the ESA and MEEE regions (Education/EiE practitioners working in the region on a response or emergency-prone context) will then be able to apply for the 220-hour Certificate in Advanced Studies (CAS) course which is accredited by the University of Geneva  (UNIGE).

The EiE CAS course aims to develop INEE Level 2 & 3 competencies (assess, analyse, evaluate, design, apply, use, develop engage, participate, work with). The CAS targets more senior EiE or education practitioners in a position of influence in an EiE programme or response and able to apply their learning to strengthen their practice and the performance of the programme or response they work on. The CAS is blended taught course also involving a 7-day residential held in the region and can be delivered to 25 students twice per year.

Due to the coronavirus crisis, the dates of the next CAS in Education in Emergencies are not yet confirmed. We will update this page as soon as the situation changes.     

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