19 February 2016
The INEE Minimum Standards for Education: Preparedness, Response, Recovery, together with the INEE Toolkit, was recently recognized as one of 12 “Innovative Policies 2016” at the United Nations Office in Vienna, Austria.
The INEE products were highlighted at the 2016 Zero Project Conference, an international summit on inclusive education and ICTs, attended by more than 500 experts in the field from around the world. The INEE Minimum Standards for Education: Preparedness, Response, Recovery (INEE Minimum Standards), together with the INEE Toolkit, including the INEE Pocket Guide to Inclusive Education, as well as the INEE Pocket Guide to Supporting Learners with Disabilities, were recognized as exemplary in the areas of innovation, outcome & impact, and transferability, as they articulate the minimum level of educational quality and access, including for all children with disabilities. Education for all children has been referenced in the United Nations General Assembly Resolution on the Right to Education in Emergency Situations of 2010, which made the provision of education in emergencies mandatory worldwide.
INEE presented the INEE Minimum Standards and the two pocket guides at a panel session entitled "Inclusive education in emergency and refugee situations". The panel included a range of professionals working on education in emergency settings:
The session highlighted the need for inclusive education in emergency situations and showcased some of the innovative practices taking place in areas affected by humanitarian crises, including Afghanistan, the Kurdish Region of Iraq (KRI), and Uganda. Panelists discussed the vast needs for learners with disabilities in crisis-affected contexts, the lack of resources to meet learners’ needs, as well as the opportunities to build inclusive education systems and the incredible efforts of national and international partners, families, and caregivers to ensure children with disabilities can access education in the most challenging circumstances.
In Afghanistan, the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan works with local partners to ensure early identification and intervention with referrals to health facilities, placement in Community Based Rehabilitation Centres (CRDCs), and mainstreaming in public schools. In KRI, the Ministry of Education in partnership with UNICEF ensures access for all learners to all schools by providing support and training to teachers and using simple, low-cost resources to include all children in the mainstream education system. In Rwanda, the Initiative for Refugees living with Disability (IRD) improves access to education for refugee children with disabilities in Gihembe refugee camp, as well as for urban refugees in Kigali.
The INEE Minimum Standards serve as an overall policy and practice tool that agencies use to advocate for inclusive education in emergencies. The INEE Pocket Guides help explain inclusive education principles to non-expert audiences and suggest some easy-to-achieve actions that education programme managers and teachers can take to improve the inclusion of all learners, especially those with disabilities.
From the session on inclusive education in emergency and refugee situations, five key messages emerged and were reported in the final plenary of the conference:
Find out more about the INEE innovative policy award at the Zero Project Website: http://zeroproject.org/policy/minimum-standards-for-education-in-emergencies/
The Zero Project
The Zero Project focuses on the rights of persons with disabilities globally. It provides a platform where the most innovative and effective solutions to problems that persons with disabilities face are shared. The Zero Project was initiated by the Essl Foundation in 2010, and is run in partnership with the World Future Council since 2011 and with the European Foundation Centre since 2013. The mission of the Zero Project is to work for a world without barriers, according to the principles and Articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD).
More about the 2016 Zero Project Conference: http://zeroproject.org/conference-2016/
The full Zero Project Report 2016: http://zeroproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Zero-Project-Report-2016-Cover1.pdf. See pages 148-149 for the summary of the INEE Minimum Standards and INEE Toolkit.
Zero Project Contact:
Ingrid Heindorf, Zero Project Policy Research & Conference Organisation
Phone: +41 (0)79 523 81 27