Given these gaps, it was decided that the 2010 INEE Policy Roundtable should lift up the right to education for youth in crisis situations. On 15-16 November, at UNHCR in Geneva, INEE convened the Policy Roundtable on “An Enabling Right: Education for Youth Affected by Crisis.” This event brought together a diverse, cross-sectoral group of participants for a day and a half of action-oriented discussions around how to close critical gaps in financing, policy, and programming for youth affected by crisis. The INEE Adolescent and Youth Task Team (AYTT) was instrumental in shaping the Roundtable, with additional leadership provided by inter-agency Advisory and Reference Groups.
Discussions were held around three framing papers:
- Education and Opportunity: Post-primary and Income Growth by Joshua Chaffin, with youth partner Stephen Gichohi
- Financing for All: Beyond the Primary Need by Janice Dolan and Laura Brannnelly, with youth partner Hibist Kassa
- Whole People, Holistic Approaches: Cross-Sectoral Action and Learning by Barbara Zeus, with youth partner Kashif Saeed Khan
Papers were presented at the Roundtable and each of the youth contributors delivered statements related to their work and the content of the papers. The 45 participants then separated into groups to delve more deeply into one of the three thematic areas described in the papers. Recommendations for policy and programming were developed, along with a list of potential actors to take the work forward.
2010 Policy Roundtable Outcome Report
Today, INEE is pleased to present the 2010 Policy Roundtable Outcome Report, which highlights thematic proceedings of the Roundtable and emphasizes recommended action steps for the INEE AYTT, INEE Secretariat, and INEE members and partners. Some of the recommendations include:
- Draw on existing emergency-focused research, as well as relevant research from development contexts, to develop Advocacy Briefs that make the case for post-primary education economically, socially, politically, and developmentally as well as in terms of peace and stability, and human rights
- Collate tools and, if needed, develop emergency-specific guidance on quality and relevant youth education programming (including needs assessment, market assessment, funding proposal development, monitoring and evaluation, etc.).
- Collate national youth plans or education strategies and good practices on youth policies (for example, emergency plans and policies which include youth, and youth plans and policies which include emergencies).
- Conduct a donor analysis to determine which donors are funding post-primary education, and compile examples of innovative funding practices.
YOUTH PODCAST: Young people call for for post-primary education opportunities
In conjunction with the INEE Policy Roundtable, UNICEF’s “Beyond School Books” podcast series featured a segment entitled, “Young people call for post-primary education opportunities.” For this podcast, award-winning journalist Amy Costello interviewed the three INEE Roundtable Youth Framing Paper Partners. INEE is deeply grateful to Stephen Gichohi, Hibist Kassa, and Kashif Khan for so clearly articulating the need for quality, relevant education opportunities for youth.
Listen to the podcast here.
UN Youth Flash
The UN Youth Flash is a service of the United Nations Programme on Youth that can help keep you informed about the work of the UN and other agencies on youth issues. In this UN Youth Flash, you’ll find a publication on Youth and Climate Change as well as notices on several upcoming youth-related events, hosted by a variety of international organizations and youth networks.
To access the latest issue of the UN Youth Flash, please click here.