Education for refugees and IDPs in low- and middle-income countries: identifying challenges and opportunities

This topic guide is designed to support DFID advisors, education specialists, and other partners working on providing education for refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). It provides an overview of the key issues, and signposts relevant sources for further information and reading. Section 1 provides a brief introduction to the guide. Section 2 gives a global overview of forced displacement and education. Section 3 maps the state of research, policy, and practice in refugee education. Section 4 maps the state of research, policy, and practice in IDP education. Section 5 seeks to identify and explore best practice, and existing and potential future opportunities and innovations, in the field of education and forced displacement.

Understanding the school curriculum: theory, politics and principles

Comparing curriculum developments around the globe, Understanding the School Curriculum draws on a range of educational, philosophical and sociological theories to examine the question “what is a curriculum for?” In considering different answers to this fundamental question, it explores a range of topical issues and debates, including: tensions and dynamics within curriculum policy; the implications… Read more




The demand for and the provision of early childhood services since 2000: policies and strategies

Since the Millennium Development Goals and Education for All targets were proclaimed in 2000, considerable progress has been made in regard to enhancing the wellbeing of young children including an increase in both the supply of and demand for pre-primary education. In comparison to 1999, by 2012 the global pre-primary GER increased by 64 per cent… Read more




Educating children in conflict zones

This book examines the challenges of delivering quality education to the approximately 39 million out-of-school children around the world who live in situations affected by violent conflict. The volume provides a comprehensive and critical overview of the links between conflict and children’s access to education, as well as a review of the policies and approaches… Read more




Strengthening examinations and assessment in Uganda: a roadmap – inception report

Improving student learning outcomes is one of the top priorities for the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology & Sports (MOESTS). Valid and reliable measures of the quality and distribution of student learning outcomes are essential components in the drive for improved education quality. However, improved learning achievement depends not only on the resources invested in… Read more




Education for all global monitoring report 2011 – the hidden crisis: armed conflict and education

Although there has been progress in many areas, the overarching message to emerge from the 2011 Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report is that most of the goals will be missed. Countries affected by armed conflict are among the farthest from reaching the Education for All goals, and face particularly daunting challenges. The hidden crisis in… Read more




UNRWA policy on education for human rights, conflict resolution and tolerance (HRCRT): simplified version

UNRWA has been integrating human rights, conflict resolution and tolerance (HRCRT) in its schools for more than 10 years. The HRCRT policy takes the definition of human rights education that was developed for the World Programme for Human Rights Education (HRE), which began in 2005. The World Programme for HRE has provided a framework for… 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




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




Reform strategy – 2014 progress report

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) operates 666 elementary and preparatory schools across its five fields of operations, as well as nine secondary schools in Lebanon, providing free basic education for around half a million Palestine refugee children. The report notes the positive progresses made in… Read more




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