For those working in emergencies – Global launch of four major INEE tools!

Those working for education in times of crisis and emergency need all the help they can get -and often very quickly. Four tools are being launched and information about this global launch, as well as the regional and virtual launch events is on the INEE website: www.ineesite.org/launches2010.

The four new tools which  have been developed by hugely committed groups of individuals working across agencies, disciplines and locations. The immense amount of work and expertise that these documents represent is a clear reflection of the unique community that INEE represents.

INEE Minimum Standards for Education: Preparedness, Response, Recovery
The INEE Minimum Standards for Education: Preparedness, Response, Recovery express a commitment that all individuals – children, youth and adults – have a right to education. The standards articulate the minimum level of educational quality and access in emergencies through to recovery. They can be used as a capacity-building and training tool for humanitarian agencies, governments and affected populations to enhance the effectiveness and quality of their educational assistance. They help to enhance accountability and predictability among humanitarian actors and improve coordination among partners, including education authorities. The INEE Minimum Standards are founded on the Convention of the Rights of the Child, the Dakar 2000 Education for All goals, and the Sphere Project’s Humanitarian Charter.

INEE Secretariat and Working Group on Minimum Standards facilitated a highly consultative process that engaged national authorities, practitioners, policy-makers, academics and other educators around the world to develop the Minimum Standards in 2003-2004 and to update them in 2009-2010. The updated 2010 edition of the INEE Minimum Standards Handbook:

  • reflects recent developments in the field of education in emergencies
  • incorporates the experience and good practices of the users of the Handbook
  • is more user-friendly than the 2004 edition of the Handbook.

The 2010 edition of the Handbook is currently available in English and French and will soon be translated in Arabic, Portuguese, Spanish, and other languages. To request a hardcopy of the document, please email materials@ineesite.org with your name, address, and the number of copies requested. For more information about the update process, and for details of what is new in this edition, please see the INEE website here.

INEE Guidance Notes on Teaching and Learning


The INEE Teaching and Learning Guidance Notes provide a framework to identify and address critical teaching and learning issues to ensure all people the right to quality and safe education in emergencies through to recovery. Building on the INEE Minimum Standards, the Teaching and Learning Guidance Notes articulate evidence-based good practice on critical issues related to:

  • curricula adaptation and development;
  • teacher training, professional development and support;
  • instruction and learning processes;
  • the assessment of learning outcomes.

Accompanying the Guidance Notes is a Resource Pack of vetted resources, including sample tools, teaching materials and case studies, which can be used to adapt the good practices within the Guidance Notes to one’s specific context.

The good practices contained within these Guidance Notes are designed to help governments, NGOs, UN agencies, and other education stakeholders plan and implement high quality education programmes. While progress has been made in recent years to ensure that all children and youth affected by crisis have access to educational opportunities, the content of what is taught, the teacher training and teaching methodologies, and the evaluation of learning outcomes are too often inadequately addressed. The Guidance Notes reiterate the importance of focusing on learners, learning outcomes, and access issues and provide guidance to help achieve the quality goals of EFA by promoting quality education that indicates measurable learning achievements for learners of all ages, but particularly children and adolescents.

The INEE Guidance Notes on Teaching and Learning is currently available in English. To request a hardcopy of the document, please email materials@ineesite.org with your name, address, and the number of copies requested. For more information about the process to develop this tool, please go to www.ineesite.org/teachinglearning

INEE Reference Guide on External Education Financing

Developed by the INEE Working Group on Education and Fragility, theINEE Reference Guide on External Education Financing is a resource that explains donor education funding strategies and mechanisms. It focuses on external education financing in low-income countries, including those in fragile situations (i.e. crisis, post-crisis or the risk of crisis associated with conflict, natural disaster or challenges to government legitimacy) in which governments typically face challenges in delivering core public services, including education. The Reference Guide is organized in three parts, which provide:

  • An exploration of how donors view the education needs of low-income countries and fragile situations, and a review of donor goals and strategies in the education sector, as well as “good donor practice”;
  • A overview of the variety of organisations that fund and deliver education;
  • A summary of the principle funding mechanisms for education, their objectives, how they are funded and how they work.

A range of brief case studies and additional resources and reading are also included in the annexes of the document. The Reference Guide is available in English and French, and will soon be available in Arabic and Spanish. You can request hardcopies of the Reference Guide by emailingmaterials@ineesite.org with your name, address, and the number of copies requested. You can access much more information about the document on the INEE website here

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INEE Pocket Guide to Gender With the input of many INEE members, the INEE Gender Task Team has developed this quick INEE Pocket Guide to Gender to help practitioners make sure that education as part of emergency preparedness, response and recovery is gender-responsive and meets the rights and needs of all girls and boys, women and men affected by crisis.

The INEE Pocket Guide to Gender outlines useful principles for a gender-responsive approach to guide all education programming, and provides responses to some of the most common misconceptions and arguments against gender mainstreaming in the education sector. It then gives concrete strategies and actions for putting gender equality into practice in the major domains of education. Finally, key gender terms and a selection of resources are listed at the end of the Guide.

The INEE Pocket Guide to Gender complements the INEE Minimum Standards for Education and the IASC Gender Handbook, and is intended for anyone working to provide, manage, or support education services as part of emergency preparedness, response or recovery.

Click here to download the INEE Pocket Guide to Gender – Gender Equality in and through Education. You can also order hard copies of the pocket guide, which will be available from early July. To request hard copies please email materials@ineesite.org with your name, address, and the number of copies requested. Please click here to access the INEE Gender Task Team webpage for more relevant tools, resources and training materials.

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