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

The Brightest Hope: Education and Innovation in Emergencies



How can we use technology and innovation to reach the most marginalized learners?


Did you miss this live event?

No worries, you can watch the recorded video here:


20 November 2015, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EST)
United Nations Headquarters in New York, Conference Room 11

The Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) and the UN Secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative (GEFI) are pleased to convene a debate on education and innovation in emergencies and how technology and innovation can be used to reach the most marginalized learners. 


This interactive event will feature a panel discussion among UN, government, private sector, and civil society actors to reach the following objectives:

  • Build the case for education in emergencies (EiE) as a humanitarian response imperative through the testimonials found in The Brightest Hope essays.
  • Showcase innovative solutions and new technologies designed to facilitate access to learning and to support learners and teachers in conflict, disaster or other emergency settings.
  • Reach a shared understanding of the challenges and the need for collaborative solutions to scale-up innovations and the use of technologies for education in emergencies.

For more information see the full concept note and the event flyer.


Dr. Mary Mendenhall, Columbia University, Teachers College


Norah Maki, UNICEF Innovation

Anthony Bloome, USAID

Joseph Munyambanza, GEFI Youth Advocacy Group

Barbara Schack, Libraries Without Borders

Wayan Vota, FHI 360

Guest Speaker:

Ivy Kimtai, Education in Emergencies Essay Contest Winner


Join the conversation!

This interactive session will be livestreamed from this page. Use the hashtag #ICT4EIE on Twitter to share your reactions and questions throughout the event.



Please RSVP to participate in person at the UN or to participate virtually via the livestream. RSVP here by Monday, November 16th. 
Spaces are limited, registration will be on a first-come first-serve basis. 

Please contact Carey Utz at with any questions.