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HREA Director will co-facilitate INEE Teaching & Learning Consultative Workshop at Harvard Graduate School of Education

Cambridge, 10 September 2009 -- Felisa Tibbitts, Director of HREA and Adjunct Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will co-facilitate a workshop on the Teaching and Learning Guidance Notes for Education in Emergencies, Chronic Crises and Early Recovery, an initiative coordinated by the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE). INEE is the leading global network responsible for developing the minimum standards for education in emergencies.

Since the Dakar World Education Forum in 2000, there has been increased attention to the education needs of populations affected by conflict and disaster. However, 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 teaching methodologies and the evaluation of learning outcomes is often not adequately addressed.

Quality and relevant education in times of crisis can be life saving and life sustaining, providing protection, psychosocial support, and a basis for social and economic development and peacebuilding. Helping communities, education authorities, and aid agencies collectively determine what quality and relevant education entails and how to monitor and evaluate key learning outcomes, is a huge challenge still facing many working in the field of education in emergencies.

Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE)To address these complex issues INEE is undertaking an initiative to develop Guidance Notes and a Resource Pack on numeracy, literacy and lifeskills curriculum assessment, development, teaching methodology, and monitoring and evaluation. Building on the good practice articulated in the INEE Minimum Standards, particularly within the Teaching and Learning Category, the INEE Teaching and Learning Guidance Notes and Resource Pack will identify realistic approaches and tools that can help agencies and education ministries steadily improve the quality and relevance of education especially at primary and lower secondary levels. The second draft of the guidance notes has been completed and are currently under review to ensure that they are relevant and realistic.

The workshop will take place at the Gutman Conference Center of the Gutman Library at the Harvard Graduate School of Education from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, September 25th. Gutman Library is located at 6 Appian Way in Cambridge and is a five-minute walk from the "Harvard" stop on the red line. Beverages and snacks will be provided.

The workshop will be facilitated by Ms. Tibbitts along with Elizabeth Sweet and Rachel McKinney from INEE.



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