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INEE Conflict Sensitive Education Training: April 2, NYC

4 Mar

FYI, for all you future and current education in emergencies practitioners:

INEE is offering a 1-day training on Conflict Sensitive Education (CSE) using recently developed training materials that are based on the INEE CSE Pack. The training will be held at the International Rescue Committee in New York, NY on Wednesday, 2 April 2014, 9am-5pm.

This training will focus on the meaning of conflict sensitive education, why it is important, when it is applicable and how to use the INEE CSE Pack to support education response.

Space is very limited. If you are interested in participating please RSVP to


How to Build a Perfect Refugee Camp

16 Feb

How to Build a Perfect Refugee Camp

The headline for this NYT article is sure to be a HREC attention-grabber.

It focuses on Kilis, a camp for Syrian refugees in Turkey. Compared to many other camps, and certainly compared to the picture of refugee camps that lingers in many imaginations, Kilis is a model facility. What is it doing differently? A few explanations are suggested. One that stands out is this:

“Kilis is not run by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Rather, Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency, or AFAD, asked the U.N.H.C.R. for its camp guidelines — minimum distance between tents, and so on — and then designed its own. It staffed the camps with Turkish government employees, allowing in few NGOs and giving those only supporting roles.”

The article also give some attention to the problems of running ‘nice’ facilities. From a political (in the ‘politicians who want successful careers’ sense) point of view, being ‘too nice’ to refugees is dangerous ground.

Still, reading this on the same day as an article about a break-out from one of Australia’s offshore detention centres – Australia having adopted the policy of advertising how poorly it will treat any ‘asylum seekers’ – I’m pretty sure I know which country is going to come out of this looking good. In places like Kilis, Turkey is setting itself up in the international community as a progressive, humane leader in refugee management.


INEE: Teaching Education in Emergencies

3 Sep

A quick recommendation for those who are unaware:

The Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) is currently holding an ongoing online discussion forum entitled “Teaching Education in Emergencies: Good Practices and Challenges.” The forum is part of an effort to educate future EiE workers through research, feedback and reflections from practitioners in the field of education in emergencies worldwide. New articles become available each week, and all are welcome to join in the discussion.

Also, for those who don’t have the patience, time, energy or desire to read all those pesky written words, check out INEE’s new multimedia page, full of visual EiE goodness.