ERIC Number: ED495402
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 0
Guidebook for Planning Education in Emergencies and Reconstruction
International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) UNESCO
This comprehensive guidebook will help educational planners during emergencies and reconstruction. The "Guidebook for Planning Education in Emergencies and Reconstruction" presents examples of the problems faced in emergencies, and suggests policy options and strategies that have been found useful in such situations. It is organized in six sections--two introductory sections and four thematic sections: (1) Basics; (2) General Overview; (3) Access and Inclusion; (4) Teachers and Learners; (5) Curriculum and Learning; and (6) Management Capacity. In the "Basics" section, an introduction is followed by a review of the contextual factors that must be considered when planning and providing education in emergencies and reconstruction. The second chapter, "Challenges in Emergencies and Reconstruction," describes a number of issues that are relevant to all the topics in the "Guidebook." It not only looks at some general challenges, but also how these will vary, intensify or abate, depending on the type of emergency, the type of population group concerned or the phase of emergency. Also included in this section is the third chapter, "Capacity Building." Many crosscutting topics, such as gender or peace education, have been treated in separate chapters. However, the issue of capacity building is crosscutting in a slightly different sense. It is the main objective of this "Guidebook," and ultimately a prerequisite for improving the quality of education in any of the areas or topics that are treated in the different chapters. In the section entitled "General Overview," there is only one chapter: Chapter 4, "Education for All in Emergencies and Reconstruction." This chapter addresses the fundamental theories and principles of education in emergencies and reconstruction. It outlines the main reasons why children are not in school, what can be done about it and what other "Guidebook" chapters may be consulted when attempting to do so. Chapter 4 should therefore be used as a reference for all chapters and topics in the "Guidebook," and is recommended reading for all users, regardless of their particular responsibilities. The last four sections in the "Guidebook" cover a comprehensive range of topics relevant to education in emergencies and reconstruction. Each chapter starts with an overview of the context and the factors that influence educational response in relation to that topic: context and challenges. Next, each "Guidebook" chapter provides suggestions regarding possible strategies--actions that may be taken by the educational authorities to deal with these problems. Following the suggested strategies, in most chapters there is a list of "Tools and Resources" that can be utilized when implementing some of the suggested strategies. "Tools and Resources" contains an explanation of important concepts, action check-lists and examples of calculations, models or evaluation tools. In each chapter, there are a number of useful case studies of how different countries have addressed the challenges under discussion. Each chapter ends with a list of references and suggestions for further reading. The "Guidebook" is presented in loose-leaf format, permitting readers to consult particular chapters without needing to carry the full "Guidebook" on all occasions. The "Guidebook" is addressed primarily to staff of ministries of education, including national, provincial and district level planners and managers, in countries affected by conflict or natural disasters, or hosting refugees from a neighboring state. This is the first time that detailed guidance on education in emergencies and reconstruction has been prepared specifically from this perspective.
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - General
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Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). International Inst. for Educational Planning.