Essentials for Education in Crisis and Conflict Course, LAC - May 2017
This three-day course offers USAID education staff the opportunity to gain and apply knowledge and skills to better design, procure, manage, and evaluate education programs for the unique challenges of conflict- and crisis-affected contexts.
This three-day course offers USAID education staff the opportunity to gain and apply knowledge and skills to better design, procure, manage, and evaluate education programs for the unique challenges of conflict- and crisis-affected contexts — including situations of high levels of violence, lawlessness, and high disaster risk. The course’s case studies will place priority on Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), but will also address key issues from other conflict and crisis contexts. This highly participatory course will foster ample opportunities for participants to offer and exchange their expertise, experience, and particular challenges from their own contexts.
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Identify the unique characteristics and challenges of education programs in conflict and crisis contexts, particularly in Latin America and the Caribbean.
- Manage, procure, and oversee a Rapid Education and Risk Analysis (RERA).
- Adapt principles of conflict sensitivity to education program design and management to the LAC context (e.g., gang activity, risk of violence, natural disasters), and other contexts.
- Assess education program design using evidence-based theories of change for key challenges of education in Latin America and the Caribbean, including equity, safety, social-emotional learning, and local institutional capacity building.
- Develop indicators, feedback loops and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plans for projects and activities using a Collaboration, Learning and Adapting framework.
- Identify appropriate grant or contract mechanisms that provide flexibility and adaptation for an education program in crisis- and conflict-affected environments.
- RERA tool -This tool guides the analysis of the overall situation of education in a crisis or conflict-affected context. Stay tuned for the updated RERA 2.0 due in summer 2017.
- The Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) – A rich network of resources for practitioners working with EiCC contexts.
- INEE’s Conflict Sensitive Education Reflection Tool – a resource for assessing conflict sensitivity in education programming.
- USAID’s Conflict Sensitivity Checklist – Based heavily on the INEE reflection tool, this check-box based tool can help teams quantify their level of conflict sensitivity.
- USAID Learning Lab – USAID’s public-facing website dedicated to CLA
Video of CLA – This video, based on winner of a CLA case competition, highlights CLA in action through the Conservation Enterprises Cross-Mission Learning Program launched in 2015 by USAID/E3 Forestry and Biodiversity Office (FAB)
- ECCN Evidence gap maps – relating to internal and external threats to school safety.
- ECCN Evidence Repository – a searchable collection of vetted resourced related to EiCC, browsable by location, target population, and resource type.
- INEE – Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies searchable website.
- IRC’s Outcome and Evidence Framework – A collection of evidence put together by the International Rescue Committee organized by outcomes.
- 3ie – International Initiative for Impact Evaluations has various collections of evidence, including a gap map on youth and transferable skills.
- What Works in Education in Emergencies – a comprehensive review of the EiCC literature.
Treasure Hunt Activity
Instructions: You will be placed a one a group with one of the following four topics. Use the link(s) provided to review evidence relating to this topic. Choose one resource you’d like to bring back to the class as a “treasure,” and represent this on a flip chart for all to see. Be ready to discuss why you found the resource useful.
1. Safe Learning Environments
You will use the ECCN data gap map to find evidence relating to external threats to education.
For this option, you will review collections of evidence from the ECCN resource repository around accelerated education:
- Accelerated Education: 10 principles for Effective Practice
- Accelerated Education: A guide for donors, practitioners, and evaluators
- Reaching the Underserved: complementary models of effective schooling
3. Delivering Services
For this option you will search the ECCN resource repository using these terms:
Topic: Gang youth
Location: Latin America and Caribbean
For a non-LAC context, look to this research brief on the effects of education and civic engagement on Somali youth’s propensity toward violence.