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

Seminar “Education and Cooperation in Emergencies: concepts, agendas, actors and challenges”

10 April 2017

INEE and the Institute of Education of Minho University hosted the International Seminar “Education and Cooperation in Emergencies: concepts, agendas, actors and challenges” on 7 April 2017 in Braga, Portugal.

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Session 1: “Education and Emergencies: Mapping the field” (missing first part)
Session 2: “Ensuring a Conflict Sensitive Approach as critical component of quality EiE programming"


Session 3a: “EiE Teaching, Training and Capacity Development"
Closing Plenary


The INEE meetings in Portugal constitute an excellent opportunity to promote INEE within the Lusophone contexts and to strengthen education in emergencies (EiE) within Portuguese cooperation, as well as to reflect upon the role of Higher Education (HE) in EiE and to establish stronger links between HE institutions and CSOs at the national and the international levels in order to develop possible joint cooperation programs in this area.

The Institute of Education at Minho University has integrated the field of EiE into its efforts to develop international and global citizenship education programs. Main initiatives include the integration of EiE in the recently-created doctoral program on education, specialization in Curriculum Development, area of concentration – Education, Cooperation and Development. The Institute of Education is also an active member in the INEE Education Policy Working Group, through the Resource Center on Cooperation for Development.

The organization of an open event, which will benefit from the presence of many INEE working group members, will consequently contribute towards knowledge sharing for WG members as well as for the wider audience, promoting reflection, teaching and research, helping to develop partnerships and to contribute to affirm this strategic area for internationalization within the framework of development cooperation. 

This event follows on from the regional consultation on the “Transforming our world: 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” which was organized at Minho University in 2016. It is of relevance for the implementation of SDG 4 – ‘Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’ – within the framework of the “Incheon Declaration and Plan of Action,” which states that government and civil society organizations should address education in emergency situations by responding to the needs of children and adults and by promoting safety, resilience, and social cohesion, in order to reduce the risks of conflict.



The seminar is a free and open event.

Participantes profile:

  • Master's and PhD's programs teachers and students
  • Researchers
  • UN and Governamental agencies representatives
  • Civil Society Organizations representatives

On-line registration is mandatory, up to 4th April:

 Due to space limitations the event is limited to 120 participants. Registrations in be confimed after regstration. 



  1. To promote critical reflection on Education in Emergencies and in protracted crisis concepts, practices and current challenges within the 2030 agenda;
  2. To foster information sharing, collaborative work and joint research initiatives between different stakeholders from different regions at the field level;
  3. To promote the EiE agenda in Portugal and the Lusophone contexts. 



Summary report with recommendations for future collaborative projects across key stakeholders.



English is the working language across the event.
Translation Portuguese - English - Portuguese 
will not be available.


9h00 – Registration


9h30 – Welcome and opening remarks:

  • Institute of Education Director - José Augusto Pacheco
  • Pro-Rector for Internationalization - Carla Martins
  • INEE Director - Dean Brooks

10h00 – Session 1: “Education and Emergencies: Mapping the field”

This session aims to create a shared understanding about EiE concepts, definitions, and framework for further discussion during the Seminar. Presenters will map the key theories and topics that shape the field of Education in Emergencies and engage in an interactive activity with the audience.

  • Teachers College, Columbia University – Mary Mendenhall and S. Garnett Russell
  • Amsterdam University – Mieke Lopes Cardozo

Facilitator: Júlio Santos, IE-UMinho

11h00 -Coffee break 

11h30 – Session 2 “Ensuring a Conflict Sensitive Approach as critical component of quality EiE programming"

This session aims to meet the following objectives, by the end of the session, participants will:

  1. Have increased awareness of INEE CSE Pack, training materials and resources and their use;
  2. Understand the basic principles of conflict sensitivity in education;
  3. Understand how CSE contributes to 2030 Agenda goals and targets; and
  4. Discuss challenges and opportunities related to how the CSE Pack has been applied in practice

Each speaker will focus on a specific topic followed by Q&A with the audience (12 min. each)

  • Introduction to CSE, CSE Pack materials, and upcoming training opportunities – Nina Weisenhorn, USAID
  • Conflict Sensitive Education and the Sustainable Development Goals - Leonora MacEwen, UNESCO IIEP
  • CSE capacity building and Somali Region -Ethiopia Peace and Development project – Emily Echessa, Save the Children
  • The application of conflict sensitive strategies within the Rapid Response mechanism for Higher Education – Helena Barroco, Global Platform for Syrian Students

Facilitator – Taro Komatsu, Sophia University

13h00 – Lunch break


14h30 – Session 3: “Fostering Synergies in EiE – thematic discussion groups” 

This breakout group session aims to foster information and experience sharing between different stakeholders and across different regions within 3 thematic groups. Each group will have 2-3 questions to guide discussion in small groups. The questions will be related to challenges and opportunities within each topic. Participants can choose in which group they want to participate. Some organizations will be invited to participate in a specific group in order to ensure inputs related to the group topic.

There will be a notetaker in each group and each group will choose a spokesperson to share a summary of the discussions.

EiE Teaching, Training and Capacity Development

  • "Building knowledge and skills in EiE through collaborative projects", Teachers College, Columbia University - Mary Mendenhall
  • “Rethinking Education in Emergencies from a habitat-based perspective” Luís Guimarães,  School of Architecture, Minho University.
  • “Medical Education in Emergency Situations” – Pedro Morgado, School of Medicine, Minho University.

Facilitator: Ana Cunha, Movement for the Support to Refugees (MAR), Minho University


EiE Research and Knowledge Management

  • The Journal on Education in Emergencies (JEiE) and the importance of strengthening the EiE evidence base– Heddy Lahmann, New York University
  • Education, Cooperation and Development – the role of the Academy in Emergencies – José Carlos Morgado and Júlio Santos, Institute of Education, Minho University
  • Improving the Quality of Social-Emotional Learning Teacher Professional Development in the Syria Response:  Insights from Implementation Science – Paul Frisoli,  International Rescue Committee

Facilitator:  Mieke Lopes-Cardozo, University of Amsterdam


EiE Trends and Agenda

  • Funding and trends from an ECHO perspective – Judit Barna, ECHO
  • No Lost Generation: A partnership approach to EiE – Mark Chapple, World Vision International
  • Crisis-sensitive planning in education – Leonora MacEwen, UNESCO IIEP

Facilitator: Peter Simms, Children in Crisis


16h00 – Plenary session

In this session each group spokesperson will share a summary of the discussions in the thematic groups work.


16h30 – Final remarks

  • Institute of Education, UMinho
  • Dean Brooks, INEE


Permanent parallel exhibition: Parallel to these sessions, there will be room available for organizations to share materials, resources, posters, etc. Co-organized by the IoE, INEE with the support of volunteer students.

Please let us know if your organization is willing to contribute to this exhibition and what kind of materials are would like to bring by email: