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World Refugee Day 2017

20 June 2017

Education Development Trust is working with UNESCO’s International Institute for Education Planning (IIEP) on an international research project looking at the education of refugees and, particularly, the role of teachers.

Teachers are the key to success in any education system. This is no exception during times of emergency or crisis. Teachers provide continuity, enable learning, and help develop social and emotional skills. Yet, little is known about who teaches refugee children and how these vital actors are managed during times of great incertitude.

Understanding the emergency

Stories about the urgent movement of refugee populations from their homes to avoid conflict and protect their families have dominated headlines for many years. Displacement for such families can last for many years disrupting the education of children and young people. This, the first phase of an ambitious research project, will  provide a deeper understanding of teacher management policies, programmes and practices in refugee contexts and will be looking at two groups of countries: Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey as well as Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. The research aims to raise awareness among decision-makers in relevant ministries about education and teacher policies for refugee youth and children.

Tony McAleavy, director of research and consultancy at Education Development Trust, says, 'We are an organisation with a strong moral purpose and it is vital that we invest our research funds in work that can transform life chances of the victims of conflict.' 

The project will use a variety of quantitative and qualitative research approaches – including interviews with teachers – to help create evidence-based policy options for governments striving to provide a quality teaching force for refugee children and youth. The project will pay particular attention to these areas of teacher management: recruitment, certification, professional development, and incentives and retention of teachers.

Look out for updates on our research pages.