Promoting access to quality, safe, and relevant education for all persons affected by crisis

Webinar: Supporting Education in Fragile & Conflict Affected Situations

Thursday, April 27, 2017
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8:00am – 9:30am
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In collaboration with Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE), the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) invites you to participate in the next session of the GPE Webinar Series 2017. The webinar is entitled, “Supporting Education in Countries Affected by Fragility and Conflict”. Millions of children around the world are affected by conflict, natural disasters, complex humanitarian emergencies, internal strife, and fragility. Increasingly, the world's out-of- school children live in countries facing war and violence. As a result, they are deprived of their right to education. Ensuring access to education protects the rights of children and youth in the midst of chaos while instilling a sense of normalcy and shoring up resilience.

The new global education agenda 2030 places strong emphasis on countries affected by adverse situations. It urges governments to put in place robust and responsive policies, strategies, and systems to ensure quality education in challenging contexts and calls upon the international community to ‘build back better’ by providing coordinated support and investing where education needs are the most acute. 

GPE has significantly increased its engagement in contexts defined as countries affected by fragility and conflict; over the last six years and approximately half of GPE’s country portfolio falls within this classification and in 2016 60% of GPE’s total disbursements went to such countries. This increasing trend will likely continue and reflects GPE’s overall focus on equity and inclusion reaching out to the children hardest to reach in emergencies and protracted crisis situations.

The webinar will explore situations in GPE partner countries where GPE has been able to provide support during crises, and some of the lessons learned in those contexts. The panel will also look into the application of the INEE Minimum Standards (INEE MS), specifically in GPE partner countries. In a highly collaborative process that began in 2003, over 3,500 educationalists from over 52 countries contributed to the development and update of the INEE MS in an effort to enhance the quality of education provision, increase access to safe and relevant learning opportunities and ensure accountability in providing these services. Based on international legal frameworks, the

INEE MS express a commitment that all children, youth, and adults have the right to safe, quality and relevant education even in the direst circumstances, including forced displacement due to violent conflict and natural disaster.

This session will draw upon the experiences and knowledge of governments, development partners, and INGOs that have applied and contextualized the INEE MS in GPE countries.

The webinar will seek to: 

  • Share knowledge and lessons of how the GPE country model and INEE MS support education system strengthening in situations of conflict and fragility;
  • Contribute to the understanding of the GPE country model across the INEE network and the current needs and future directions for the INEE MS and contextualization; 
  • Inform planning of a one day symposium later in 2017 focusing on strengthened support to education for displaced children and youth.


  • Jesper Andersen, Senior Policy Adviser, Country Lead for Honduras and Nicaragua (GPE)
  • Dean Brooks, Director, INEE
  • Tizie Maphalala Program Manager, UNICEF
  • Paola Grazia Retaggi,  Cluster Coordinator, UNICEF
  • Hollyn Romeyn, Education Specialist, Norwegian Refugee Council, (NRC)

Moderator: Ian Macpherson, Education Specialist for Global, Regional and Thematic Initiatives (GPE)

You will receive instructions on how to join the webinar once you register. If you would like us to dial you in, please enter your phone number plus country code in the RSVP online form.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

The GPE Webinar Series fosters and drives knowledge exchange and sharing of good practices across and through the Global Partnership, supporting the realization of the partnership’s strategic goals and national and global objectives. For further details, contact


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