Guidebook for planning education in emergencies and reconstruction

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When serious crisis or conflict hits a country, schools are often abandoned or reduced to rubble. On a larger scale, the whole education system is shaken up if not destroyed. Urgent measures must be taken to ensure that teaching and learning continue to take place, whatever the circumstances. Access to education is essential to provide protection for children and to allow them to return to normalcy as soon as that becomes possible. The Guidebook for Planning Education in Emergencies and Reconstruction was developed by the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP-UNESCO) to help take quick and appropriate action in emergency situations. Aimed mainly at education ministry staff, the guide will also serve the needs of education planners and managers at all levels, as well as UN staff, donor agencies and NGOs. It comes in a user-friendly folder, with 38 chapters that can be read together or unclipped and consulted as self-contained topics. Each chapter offers a checklist of points to cover as well as strategies or policy options that have already proven successful in such situations. Due to the very nature of educational reconstruction work, which has to move fast in a rapidly shifting environment, experience is often not documented, and valuable lessons are lost. The Guidebook is part of IIEP.s pioneering research programme in this field, and draws on case studies from areas as diverse as Kosovo, Southern Sudan, Timor-Leste and Rwanda. The 38 topics covered range from issues such as ethnicity, child soldiers and refugees to teacher training, donor relations and budget management.

All references to Kosovo are made in the context of UN Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999).