“Schools are a beacon of hope in a society”

09 September 2022


IIEP-UNESCO/Makmende Media

A haven for children, a place where dreams are born and nurtured, where communities grow together, an investment in the future – these are a few reasons why schools should be protected. The harder question is how. How can education systems and their multiple players work together to make the learning communities more resilient and better prepared for both known risks and the unexpected?

Crisis-sensitive planning in education strives to make learning systems resilient to the negative impacts of diverse crises – attacks, natural hazards, or other emergencies. By doing so, education systems are more prepared. They can respond more efficiently and effectively and protect all learners, especially the most vulnerable, and can even help prevent crises from arising in the first place.

Crises and disasters can happen anywhere, but everywhere, education is a lifesaving, and life sustaining right.

Watch the short film on how to protect education 

This approach to planning has global relevance. While some education systems are more prone to risks than others, crises and disasters can happen in or near any school, anywhere in the world. IIEP-UNESCO works with ministries of education and their partners in countries across the globe throughout the various stages of crisis-sensitive planning for greater equity and resilience.

This starts with identifying and analyzing the local risks and capacities to prevent, prepare for, and respond to crises. This lays the foundation for developing and implementing plans, for monitoring and evaluating the education sector response to contribute to the evidence base for what works best in crisis prevention and recovery, and ultimately for building equity and resilience in education and society.

This film is made possible with support from the European Union.