Educating children in Crises

Historically Pre-DIHAD workshops were organized to introduce participants to the multilateral humanitarian system. However, this event has evolved in the last thirteen years and is now aligned to the main conference theme. The workshop aims to provide in-depth information on the theme, brining technical experts to share their experiences and case studies.

As per the recent estimates, there are about 34 million children and youth living in conflict-affected countries that are out-of-schools. Armed conflicts have severely affected education in the Middle East and North Africa in the last years, where one in every four children and youth (or almost 23 million) are either out of school or at risk of dropping out. Education in emergency supports psychosocial needs of children and youth affected by trauma and displacement, helps to protect them from harm, helps maintain and develop study skills and is a medium to disseminate key messages such as how to avoid HIV/AIDS, landmine awareness, environmental education and education for peace and citizenship. Although education is of high value to children and youth affected by crises yet it remains de-prioritized and low funded during humanitarian response.

This year the workshop programme will focus on “Education & Children in Crises”. The objective is to provide an overview on the current humanitarian landscape with a focus to education, challenges in providing education during crises, the positive impact of education on children and the need to invest in education.


Session I: Overview of Education in Crises and Emergencies

  • Overview of education in crises and emergencies – Setting the ground for the day and sharing first-hand information on the current humanitarian landscape with a focus to the education needs in crises.
  • Challenges of education in crises and emergencies – Experts to share in-depth information on the challenges faced on the ground to ensure continuation of education to children and youth living in conflict affected countries.


Session II: Impact of Education on children and their protection

  • Impact of Education on Psychosocial abilities of children Impact of conflict on children’s education – Natural disasters and conflicts affect the psychosocial ability of children. Emergencies expose children to violence, break families and social system, and worsen living conditions that leave both short-term and long-term effect on children. The session aims to provide an opportunity from the technical experts on this subject.
  • Role of Education in Protecting Children – Education also serves as an important protection tool by preventing effects on recruitment, abduction and gender based violence. The experts in this session will highlight this and share their experiences.


Session III: Investing in Education for social stability

  • Role and engagement of the government, local community, teachers, humanitarian and development organizations in education in emergencies – Experts to provide information on the benefits of working in partnership for an effective response}.
  • Different initiatives supporting education in emergencies – This session provides opportunity to highlight different initiatives undertaken by humanitarian actors to provide education to children and youth in emergencies and how all initiatives collectively support education in crises.