Colleagues from across the UKFIET network recently organised an event in collaboration with Cambridge Education, held in their offices in Cambridge, on 3rd October 2018. This one-day conference focused on Education for Children Affected by Emergencies and aimed to showcase UK knowledge and expertise in this area, promote dialogue and build partnerships for the generation and use of evidence in education in emergencies and protracted crises.

Children affected by conflict and crisis, especially girls, are among those most likely to miss out on education. There has been an increasing awareness of the need to invest in education in emergencies, with humanitarian agencies acknowledging the need for longer-term solutions, and development actors increasing their focus on conflict-affected countries.

The 100 participants comprised of a mix of academics, researchers, practitioners, donors and policymakers. The conference focused on three salient themes within education in emergencies:

  • Gender and inclusion in emergency contexts
  • Forced displacement
  • Political economy of aid, policy and practice to education in crises

The format consisted of interactive workshops, presentations and keynote speeches in order to promote fruitful dialogue and partnerships for each. Several resources are being made available here, including: