Protecting the most vulnerable
The greatest risks in terms of education, health and economic security are likely to be faced by the most vulnerable learners, who are at greater risk of falling behind or not re-entering education. We can offer insight from our research in inclusive education and our extensive experience working with vulnerable children in a variety of contexts, including running one of the most successful Girls Education Challenge programmes.
Throughout this crisis, the most vulnerable pupils may be at greater risk of falling behind, or of not re-entering schools when they reopen. Education system responses will therefore need to consider how to support them both during the period of school closures and beyond. Education Development Trust can help decision-makers and school leaders to ensure such support and protection forms a part of their response, drawing on our experience of working with vulnerable groups around the world.
We can offer expertise based on our extensive understanding of effective gender-based programming – we run one of the most successful Girls Education Challenge programmes through our office in Kenya. We have also conducted research on inclusive education, which is a key pillar of our national programme in Rwanda, and have extensive experience working in fragile contexts (including Somalia and South Sudan), as well as working with refugee teachers in Lebanon and Jordan. We are therefore well-equipped to provide support and guidance on effective approaches to supporting vulnerable children in a variety of contexts.