USAID ECCN July 2017 Newsletter
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The Accelerated Education Working Group Completes Case Studies on 10 Principles of Accelerated Education

The Accelerated Education Working Group (AEWG) has completed a series of case studies on the application of Accelerated Education Principles for effective practice. Drawing on these case studies, the ten evidence-based principles aim to clarify what makes an effective Accelerated Education Program (AEP). The case studies, now also included in ECCN’s repository, were carried out in Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, and in the refugee settlement of Dadaab in northeast Kenya. They highlight how contextual differences are managed in assessing adherence to the principles and ensuring the effectiveness of AEPs generally. These case studies, along with expert reviews of the Principles and surveys of more than twenty AEPs, are informing the updated and final Principles Guide and Checklist, to be formally launched this October. This work was also highlighted at the 2017 CIES Conference in Atlanta and the presentation slides can be found here

AEWG’s Learning Agenda can be found here. One of the objectives this year is to strengthen the evidence base for AE through research and knowledge management. Currently AEWG is establishing research partnerships and starting to conduct research. One of the research areas will look at the comparative contribution to access, learning outcomes, retention, and completion of AEPs, which do, and do not, adhere to the AEWG AE Principles. If you are interested in these research themes or doing work linked to them, please register here

Further information and all resources can be found on the ECCN AEWG website.

ECCN's Safer Learning Environment Initiatives

ECCN has added new safer learning environment (SLE) gap maps on environmental/health threats and environmental/natural hazards threats. These maps complement the two existing maps that explore internal threats (including SRGBV) and external threats (including gang violence and education under attack).

ECCN’s piloting activities for the SLE Qualitative Assessment Toolkit are underway in Lebanon (World Learning), Jordan (Relief International), Honduras, and Philippines (ChildFund).

We have some openings for active members of the CoP to join the SLE working group. For more information, to express interest, or to learn more about other SLE-related initiatives, email ECCN’s research manager Gwen Heaner.

ECCN Supports ICT for Education in Crisis and Conflict

Over the next six months, ECCN and INEE will develop a supplemental checklist for ICT that builds on, and can accompany, INEE’s Conflict Sensitive Education Pack. To incorporate various viewpoints into the process, ECCN will establish a reference group formed of INEE Technology and Education in Crises Task Team
members, INEE Conflict Sensitive Education Working Group members, and ECCN members. The reference group will work with ECCN Support Team members to refine the purpose and structure of the checklist and respond and contribute to the first and last drafts of the checklist. To express interest in joining the reference group, please email ECCN support team member Amy Deal by July 31. More information can be found here.

Strengthening Support to Teachers in Crisis Contexts

ECCN partnered with members of INEE’s Teachers in Crisis Contexts Working Group to host a workshop on nurturing teacher professional development in conflict and crisis settings in Nairobi, Kenya, June 12-16, 2017. The workshop was attended by 27 participants, including representatives from the Kenyan Ministry of Education, the UN, NGOs, universities, and schools. Facilitators introduced the Training Pack for Primary School Teachers in Crisis Contexts, which explores topics such as teacher well-being and curriculum planning. They also provided hands-on opportunities to contextualize and apply the pack. More information can be found in the blog post and the training report.
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The Journal on Education in Emergencies (JEiE) just published Volume 3, which is dedicated to education and peacebuilding. All three JEiE volumes can be found here.  In case you missed it, ECCN conducted interviews with the authors of JEiE’s first volume. The videos feature a quick overview of the research article, lessons learned, and recommendations for further research.
The mEducation Alliance issued a call to submit presentation proposals for this year's symposium by August 4. This year’s symposium theme is future-proofing technology for education in international development. More information can be found here.
ECCN Webcasts:
Visit our website on the July 25 webcast, Adapting M&E Tools for Crisis and Conflict Settings, featuring the USAID Rapid Feedback MERL funding mechanism. ECCN collaborated with R4D, the lead coordinating agency for the mechanism, and USAID’s Sophia van der Bijl provided the framing context for this webcast. More information on this topic can be found here.
Check out our June 30 webcast, Higher Education in Crisis and Conflict – A Webcast to Discuss Implications for Policy and Partnerships, which featured five researchers and their case studies on Afghanistan, Colombia, Haiti, and sub-Saharan Africa. USAID’s Grace Lang, Division Chief for Higher Education, Workforce Development, and the Youth Office of Education provided the framing context and participated in the discussion. A recording of the webcast and a range of resources can be found here.

From the ECCN Bulletin Board

The Global Reading Network hosted a series of webcasts on reading in fragile states. The recording of the July 5 webcast, with Margaret Sinclair and Susan Ayari, can be found here; the recording of July 19 is still pending but slides of the presentation are available here.
Do you have news to share? Post items on the ECCN Bulletin Board, and we’ll feature them in an upcoming newsletter.

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Do social services contribute to peacebuilding? Friedrich Affolter (UNICEF) reflects on how social services can be leveraged for sustaining peace. His post also refers to the UNICEF Learning for Peace program. 60+ resources related to this program can be found on the ECCN website.

More on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Learning for Peace (LfP): The new JiEE issue (see above) features two articles on LfP, including a field note on mobilizing Somali youth to facilitate community discussion about their primary school curriculum. Learn more about Somali youth and civic engagement in this recent ECCN / Mercy Corps webcast.
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