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

Teaching and Learning

INEE’s Guidance Notes and Resource Pack on Teaching and Learning builds on the INEE Minimum Standards and articulates good practice on critical issues related to curricula adaptation and development; teacher training, professional development and support; instruction and learning processes; and the assessment of learning outcomes. The Guidance Notes tool was published in 2010, and is now available in several languages. Click on the links below to download the Guidance Notes tool and several supporting documents.

INEE Guidance Notes on Teaching and Learning 

INEE Resource Pack on Teaching and Learning

INEE Teaching and Learning Training Modules

  • This zip file includes four folders (1) 30-minute training module, (2) 90-minute training module, (3) 120-minute training module and (4) supplementary exercises. 
  • Each folder contains a PowerPoint presentation, facilitator's guide, and handout in English (90-minute training module also availabie in Arabic).
  • If you are interested in conducting a 1-4 Day Training on the Guidance Notes, contact

Case Studies on Teaching and Learning

  • Submitted by INEE Members, in English

For its support for the Arabic translation of the INEE Guidance Notes on Teaching and Learning, INEE acknowledges Reach Out To Asia.


Teaching and Learning: The Issues

Since the Dakar World Education Forum in 2000, there has been increased attention on the educational needs of populations affected by conflict and disaster. However, while progress has been made in recent years to ensure that all children and youth affected by crisis have access to educational opportunities, the content of what is taught, the teaching methodologies and the evaluation of learning outcomes is often not adequately addressed. Quality and relevant education in times of crisis can be life-saving and life-sustaining, providing protection, psychosocial support, and a basis for social and economic development and peacebuilding. Helping communities, education authorities, and aid agencies collectively determine what quality and relevant education entails and how to monitor and evaluate key learning outcomes, is a huge challenge still facing many working in the field of education in emergencies.

Teaching and Learning: The Vision

It is essential that quality teaching and learning be at the core of emergency response education programming. The Guidance Notes and accompanying Resource Pack identify realistic mechanisms, approaches, and tools to help relief agencies, teacher colleges, and education ministries address the complex issues surrounding curriculum assessment, development, monitoring and evaluation in contexts affected by crisis, in order to enable learners to develop core competencies in literacy, numeracy, and life skills. The Guidance Notes are not designed as a prescriptive solution or a blueprint response to the challenges of teaching and learning, but instead provide a framework for planning an appropriate strategy for specific local contexts in ways that help to establish and institutionalize good practice and avoid negative consequences.

Building on the INEE Minimum Standards for Education - Preparedness, Response, Recovery, INEE worked with a wide range of partners to develop Guidance Notes and a Resource Pack that provide:

  • Key principles of quality, relevant and inclusive teaching and learning practice
  • Suggested issues to consider when planning and implementing quality education programs
  • A collation of resources including sample tools, teaching materials and case studies.

Teaching and Learning Tools: the Consultative Process

The Guidance Notes and Research Pack were developed through a consultative process involving input from an expert resource group and including virtual and face-to-face consultations and peer review. Education stakeholders including representatives from UN agencies, international and national NGOs, teacher organizations, conflict-affected communities and Ministries of Education were engaged to ensure not only sound technical input, but also that the tool is practical and user-friendly. The initiative was led by an Advisory Group composed of INEE, Save the Children, UNICEF, UNESCO, CARE, World Vision, CERG.

In April 2009, the INEE Secretariat, along with other INEE members and teaching and learning stakeholders, organized and facilitated a Global Consultation Working Session on the Draft INEE Guidance Notes and Resource Pack, bringing together leading stakeholders to strategize around the scope and content for this tool. The Guidance Notes were then refined through a series of peer reviews by over 60 technical experts who also suggested relevant resources to be vetted by a select group of technical experts in January 2010.

In addition to the technical expert contributions and review of the Guidance Notes, with support from its partners, INEE conducted numerous Consultative Workshops on Teaching and Learning, attended by a diverse array of stakeholders from academics, donors, researchers, NGO practitioners, teachers and ministry officials. To view a list of Technical Experts and Consultative Workshop participants who contributed to the production of the Guidance Notes and Resource Pack on Teaching and Learning, click here.

Pilot Workshops

In 2010 the Guidance Notes and Resource Pack underwent further field testing through focus groups in Colombia and Iraq, along with pilot implementations with Education Clusters in Harare, Zimbabwe and Ramallah, oPT.

Consultative Workshops

Consultative Workshops to develop the Guidance Notes and Resource Pack on Teaching and Learning were held in the following locations:

  • Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. August 2009. Hosted by the International Reading Association
  • Boston, USA. September 2009. Hosted by the Human Rights Education Association and the Harvard Graduate School of International Education.
  • Geneva, Switzerland. October 2009. Hosted by UNESCO
  • Koboko, Uganda. October 2009. Hosted by the Uganda Children's Writers and Illustrators Association
  • Kampala, Uganda. October 2009. Hosted by the Uganda Children's Writers and Illustrators Association
  • Washington, D.C, USA. October 2009. Hosted by the Brookings Center for Universal Education.
  • New York, USA. November 2009. Hosted by UNICEF and the International Rescue Committee
  • Phnom Penh, Cambodia. November 2009. Hosted by Save the Children Norway.
  • Harare, Zimbabwe. April 2010. Pilot workshop hosted by Save the Children Norway and the Education Cluster
  • Ramallah, oPT. April 2010. Pilot workshop hosted by UNICEF and the Education Cluster

For more information on the Teaching and Learning initiative please email