Education in emergencies: who teaches refugees?

Education Development Trust is delighted to have been awarded funds from Dubai Cares’ Evidence for Education in Emergencies (E-Cubed) research envelope to continue our valuable work on who teaches refugees.

Our research, conducted in partnership with IIEP UNESCO, will provide governments with the evidence needed to make informed policy choices about teacher management in refugee contexts. We will be identifying policies and implementation strategies currently being used to select, deploy, and manage teachers in refugee contexts, as well as promising areas for further policy development and successful implementation. Dubai Cares is a philanthropic organisation working to improve children's access to quality primary education in developing countries.

‘This funding is crucial and will enable us to build on our existing portfolio of research into educating refugees,’ comments Anna Riggall, Head of Research at Education Development Trust. ‘Dubai Cares’ E-Cubed fund aims to generate more and better evidence to inform decision- and policy-makers on what works and what models of delivery of education in emergencies offer the greatest potential for impact; this is wholly aligned with what we do and we are really excited to be working together.

‘Our first major output, Teachers of refugees: a review of the literature, was published in 2018 in partnership with IIEP UNESCO. We are currently conducting the first of the country studies now in Ethiopia and these funds enable us to continue our work and conduct the Kenya and Uganda country studies too. 

‘Using ringfenced funds following our merger with the Alexandria Schools Trust in 2014, we are currently working with teachers of refugees on the ground in Lebanon and Jordan; as an extension of this, we also plan to conduct more country studies in the Middle East in the future. 

‘This is an ambitious and important programme of research that will offer important direction for policy to support the delivery of education for refugees.’