Arab States 2019 GEM Report on migration, displacement and education: Building bridges not walls
No region is as affected by migration and displacement as the Arab States. The resulting challenges call for education systems to adapt. They require that states have the administrative, financial and human resource capacity necessary to effectively respond to the diverse and complex needs of these populations – from language courses to recognition of qualifications. This response is vital: education holds the key to preparing and welcoming migrant and displaced populations, strengthening their sense of belonging, and supporting host communities; education is a central part of the inclusion process.
The first regional edition of the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report published by UNESCO, the Arab States Migration, displacement and education: Building bridges, not walls Report analyzes the impact of these population movements on education systems in the region and presents a series of recommendations to protect the right to education of those on the move.
On March 18, 2020, join the GEM Report and INEE to discuss the findings and recommendations of the Arab States GEM Report with those working on the frontline of education in emergencies. Presenters will take a deep dive into the Report’s recommendations, and discuss the lessons they hold for countries facing similar challenges. GEM Report’s researcher Matthais Eck will discuss learnings from the Arab States GEM Report, and representatives from UNHCR and UNRWA will present relevant case studies and programs.
Prior to joining the team, Matthias worked as an Education Specialist for UNICEF on the Comoros, where he led and coordinated the planning of the Global Partnership for Education country programme and advised the Ministry of Education. As Senior Policy Officer at the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, he spearheaded a major initiative on education and gender (eSkills4Girls) under the German G20 Presidency. He has held various positions at UNESCO in the Education Sector and at the Bureau of Strategic Planning. Matthias helped shape SDG4. He supported the organization of the World Education Forum 2015 and was part of the small team that drafted the SDG4-Education 2030 Framework for Action. He has coordinated UNESCO’s overall positioning and input to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Rio+20 Conference, and supported the establishment of the UN Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board. He has also worked as a Research Assistant at the Department of Psychology at Stanford University. Matthias is author of several academic and institutional publications in the area of gender and education.
Matthias holds a BA from the University of Oxford, an MA in International Affairs from Sciences Po, Paris, and a PhD on Gender from the University of St Andrews. He has also completed the specialized stream on Educational Planning and Analysis from the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning.
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