Narrative exposure therapy as a treatment for child war survivors with posttraumatic stress disorder: two case reports and a pilot study in an African refugee settlement

Little data exists on the effectiveness of psychological interventions for children with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that has resulted from exposure to war or conflict-related violence, especially in non-industrialised countries. The authors created and evaluated the efficacy of KIDNET, a child-friendly version of Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET), as a short-term treatment for children. Six Somali children… Read more




Trauma, poverty and mental health among Somali and Rwandese refugees living in an African refugee settlement – an epidemiological study

The aim of this study was to establish the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression among Rwandese and Somali refugees resident in a Ugandan refugee settlement, as a measure of the mental health consequences of armed conflict, as well as to inform a subsequent mental health outreach programme. The study argues that mental… Read more




Higher education spaces and protracted displacement: how learner-­centered pedagogies and human­-centered design can unleash refugee innovation

This paper analyses the contribution of Open Educational Resources (OERs) to building 21st century skills and explores the value of tutoring and mentoring models, learner retention, learning technologies, and provision of language and subject matter support that best mediate higher ­level learning in fragile contexts. Variables such as sustainability, operability, equal access, cultural and linguistic… Read more




Opportunities for change: education innovation and reform during and after conflict

Conflict and displacement create distinctive challenges for education practitioners. However, opportunities for reform and positive change within the sector also arise simultaneously during and after conflict. This book explores some of the prospects for positive transformation. A series of 10 case studies presents specific examples of how positive change has been implemented in the education… Read more




Educational needs and barriers for refugee students in the United States: a review of the literature

Refugee children have traumatic experiences that can hinder their learning. The United Nations has specified in conventions, and researchers have concurred, that education is essential for refugee children’s psychosocial adjustment. However, government officials, public opinion, and researchers have often differed about what is best for refugees’ healthy acculturation. On the basis of a large-scale longitudinal… Read more




The early morning phonecall: remittances from a refugee diaspora perspective

Remittances are an important strand in the relationship between migration and social change in migrants’ countries of origin and there is increasing interest in the role of remittances in conflict and post-conflict countries. Yet little is known about remittances from the diaspora perspective, and much less about refugees remitting. This paper makes three contributions, based… Read more




Changing the gendered dynamics of refugee classrooms in West Africa: introducing female classroom assistants

Refugee schools in West Africa tend to be dominated by men, with even early years classes taught mostly by male teachers. There are very few female teachers and even fewer female head teachers or education administrators. Although enrollment in the lower classes is more or less gender balanced, by the upper primary level, many of… Read more




Unlocking the protracted displacement of refugees and internally displaced persons

This paper considers how international actors should frame protracted displacements and the search for ‘solutions’ to such crises. It draws on the findings of three case studies (Central America during the 1980s and 1990s and contemporary displacements in Somalia and Iraq) as well as wider research on protracted refugee situations and the politics of refugee ‘solutions’…. Read more




Learning in displacement: briefing paper on the right to education of internally displaced people

Education is critical for internally displaced children, in part because it provides a protective function and conveys life-saving messages. Education gives children the skills needed to function in their areas of displacement, and on return. Schools give children meaningful day-today activities, leaving them less likely to succumb to the negative aspects of long-term displacement, including… Read more




Exploring the potential of technology to deliver education and skills to Syrian refugee youth

Increasing access to education and skills development through technology, particularly for ‘21st century skills,’ can offer opportunities for displaced youth. Alternately, not investing in, and encouraging, new and innovative ways of delivering training, skills and education will result in many youth falling further behind. The gap between those who can contribute to the economy and… Read more




Education in conflict and crisis: how can technology make a difference? A landscape review

Crisis and conflict are among the biggest obstacles to ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education for all. However, education is a human right with important implications for health, livelihood, and peace building in contexts of conflict and crisis. The use of information and communication technology (ICT) has the potential to support, enhance, and enable education… Read more




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