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Leaving no one behind: planning education for the inclusion of displaced populations

Tue, March 7, 4:30 to 6:00pm, Sheraton Atlanta, Floor: 1, Georgia 2 (South Tower)

Session Submission Type: Group Panel

Description of Session

This panel session will bring together representatives from ministries of education and international agencies to examine how educational planning can address the needs of displaced populations, in order to ensure that the rights of refugee and IDP children and youth to quality education are effectively met. The panellists will present challenges and strategies for integrating displaced populations into national education sector planning processes, informed by the outcomes of an e-Forum which is taking place in October 2016. More specifically, as with the e-Forum, the session aims to generate discussion and provide a space for exchange on 1) existing experiences in planning for refugee and IDP education, 2) challenges in planning and managing access to quality education for displaced populations, and 3) strategies to overcome these challenges.

The panel will build on the conceptual framework outlined in the e-Forum on displaced populations by narrowing the scope of focus for several themes. The presentations will be structured around the themes of Access, Quality and Management. Each presentation is based on significant country-level experiences and analysis of work undertaken in providing education for displaced populations, and in planning for access, quality and management of education. The sessions will highlight country experiences where planning education for displaced populations with national ministries of education has taken place. The panel will be followed by an illustrative country example from Ethiopia which will highlights strategies used to include refugees in the education sector.

The perspectives in the panel will be informed by inputs from various governmental and non-governmental actors in the field. The panel will use primarily qualitative data, like case studies, to illustrate challenges and strategies, complemented by quantitative data gleaned from displaced population databases like IDMC and UNHCR to provide context. Given a dearth in quantitative data, the evidence presented may point to a need to elaborate research projects on different aspects of planning education for displaced people to better inform policies.

The originality of the panel is two-fold. First, it will build upon an original e-Forum which brought together education sector stakeholders from diverse geographic locations, and diverse organizational perspectives, including national ministries of education. Second, the panel will be a unique opportunity to discuss tried and tested strategies to effectively plan with national ministries of education to provide quality education for displaced populations. By drawing on conclusions from the e-Forum, the panel will highlight the main challenges and strategies as a starting point for developing a global capacity for including displaced populations in education sector plans.

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