Education in Emergencies e-learning course

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 6:00am to Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 7:00am

This e-learning course introduces staff members of (international) development agencies and NGOs to the legal frameworks protecting and governing education in emergencies. Participants will deepen their knowledge about responses afforded by law and the international community to the dangers that emergencies, including natural disasters, complex emergencies and armed conflict, pose for education. The course will also focus on the challenges and shortcomings of the law when faced with the reality of state practice and armed groups. Lastly, it will provide a discussion on how to advocate to key duty-bearers for the provision of better education in emergencies.

This certificate course involves approximately 30 hours of reading, discussion, webinars, a writing assignment and quizzes, and is offered over a 6-week period. Participants will do the required readings, prepare interim and final assignments and participate in group discussions. Case studies will be used to enable interactive learning and activities. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Course outline

Week 1. The dangers to education, learners and facilities in different types of emergencies: armed conflict, complex emergencies, and natural disasters
Week 2. The protection of education under different legal regimes: human rights, humanitarian, criminal and refugee law
Week 3. Remedies, mechanisms, and monitoring
Week 4. The wider response of the international community: INEE, the Education Cluster system, UN and NGOs
Week 5. Most vulnerable groups affected by emergencies and links to poverty and development
Week 6. Case study (a country or an organisation): how to use the legal frameworks governing education in emergencies for advocacy

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International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD)

based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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+1 (250) 891-2424

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