Planning and management for crises, climate change, and natural hazards


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In a world of complex crises, climate change, and natural hazards, educational planning and management can help foster resilience and ensure that all learners can access their fundamental right to quality education, no matter what.

Keep reading to learn more about:     IIEP's approach     Examples of our work

A focus on climate change 

Education is not immune to the effects of climate change. However, planning for adaptation and mitigation measures can help build more equitable and resilient education systems. Education also plays an important role in accelerating climate action. 

Through its crisis-sensitive planning work, IIEP works closely with ministries of education and their partners to develop capacities for risk analyses and to mainstream climate change adaptation measures in educational policies, plans, and programmes. With record levels of global displacement, including from climate change, IIEP pays particular attention to the inclusion of displaced populations in national education systems. The use of data is also providing cutting-edge insights for ministries of education faced with natural hazards and extreme weather events because of climate change. 

To promote sustainable development, IIEP is also working to promote green skills and jobs through its training on Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

Our approach

Our approach orients education systems towards being proactive instead of reactive in the face of risks. For climate change, this includes adaptation measures such as building climate-resilient schools and developing contingency plans, as well as environmental sustainability and mitigation measures like integrating climate change into school curricula and ensuring that teachers receive relevant training.

Our integrated capacity development offer for ministries of education and their partners includes: 

  • Technical support on mainstreaming climate change into education sector policies, plans, and budgets and collaboration with the Global Partnership for Education on fostering climate-smart education systems, as well as micro-planning to support the selection of where ministries of education build educational facilities or relocate those affected by climate change. 
  • Training on the fundamentals of crisis-sensitive planning in multiple languages and using data and information for crisis-sensitive planning. A new course will also address the greening of the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector in Africa. 
  • Research and development to create tools and methodologies for climate risk management and use of geospatial data to inform planning.

Supporting the capacity of ministries of education to plan and implement climate-responsive policies and strategies is more important today than ever before.

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Climate change adaptation measures for education


Applying a crisis-sensitive educational planning lens


Building knowledge on crisis risk management strategies for climate change



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Kids playing on the way home from school in Central Madagascar.

Spotlight: Rethinking school calendars to cope with climate change 

Research in ten sub-Saharan African countries has revealed a correlation between rainfall and standardized test scores. Students from schools exposed to more rainy days achieve lower scores at the end of the school year. Could shifting local school calendars increase learning time for students in affected areas? 

In the context of a changing global climate, IIEP is supporting several governments on the African continent to analyze evidence and provide policy advice, and technical support to develop optimal local school calendars for improved learning time. Open access codes, technical notes, and policy briefs will also be created for interested ministries and partners worldwide. 

Microplanning with the analysis of relevant data can support ministries of education with determining optimal learning times throughout the year and in anticipation of extreme weather and cyclical agriculture. 


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PlanEd podcast

Listen to the PlanEd podcast episode on planning education in the face of climate change and hear how IIEP is supporting countries with implementing adaptation and mitigation measures to protect learning for all.
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Education4Resilience portal

Educational planning can play a key role in strengthening the resilience of education systems, education personnel and learners. It can save lives and is cost-effective. Discover IIEP’s Education4Resilience portal, featuring the latest resources, tools, and news.