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Course E135: Education in Emergencies

29 October-9 December 2014 (E13514) | Register for this course (page opens in new window)

This e-learning course introduces staff members of (international) development agencies and NGOs to the legal frameworks protecting and governing education in emergencies. More than half the world's permanently out-of-school children live in areas affected by emergencies, either natural disasters or armed conflict. Many more become temporarily affected when an emergency strikes or they face entire childhoods in refugee camps. All are protected by a special combination of human rights, refugee, criminal and humanitarian law, spelling out how to prevent attacks, discrimination and violations of education, AND clearly stipulating who are the duty-bearers, what mechanisms for re-dress exists and how education must look in an emergency response.

Participants will deepen their knowledge about responses afforded by law and the international community to the dangers that emergencies, both natural disasters, complex emergencies and armed conflict, pose for education. It will also focus on the challenges and short-comings of the law when faced with the reality of state-practice and armed groups. Lastly, it will provide a discussion on how to advocate key duty-bearers, with the law in hand, for the provision of better education in emergencies.

This certificate course involves approximately 30 hours of reading, discussion, webinars, a writing assignment and quizzes, and is offered over a 6-week period. The course is based on a participatory, active learning approach, with an emphasis on critical reflection and peer-to-peer learning. Participants will do the required readings, prepare interim and final assignments and participate in group discussions. Case studies will be used to enable interactive learning and activities.

Course outline

Week 1. The dangers to education, learners and facilities in different types of emergencies: armed conflict, complex emergencies, and natural disasters.
Week 2. The protection of education under different legal regimes: human rights, humanitarian, criminal and refugee law
Week 3. Remedies, mechanisms, and monitoring
Week 4. The wider response of the international community: INEE, the Education Cluster system, UN and NGOs
Week 5. Most vulnerable groups affected by emergencies and links to poverty and development
Week 6. Case study (a country or an organisation): how to use the legal frameworks governing education in emergencies for advocacy

Who should apply

The course is intended for, among others, humanitarian workers, child rights advocates, youth workers, social workers, staff members of development and children's rights/social justice organisations, including development NGOs and UN specialised agencies like UNICEF. Participants should have a good written command of English -- the working language of the course -- and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use. HREA aims to ensure equal gender and geographical distribution across the selected participants. The maximum number of course participants is 25. A Certificate of Participation will be awarded upon successful completion of the course. It also possible to audit the course.

Costs

Tuition fee for participants: US$ 575; tuition for auditors: US$ 215. There are no scholarships or discounted tuition rates available for this course.

Payments can be made online with major credit cards (Discover, MasterCard, Visa), PayPal, bank transfer, and money transfer (Western Union, MoneyGram). Bulk rates are available.

Registration

Register for this course (page opens in new window). Registrations are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. There is no registration deadline, but please be aware that courses generally fill up quickly!


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