USAID ECCN February 2018 Newsletter
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The RERA Toolkit Is Here!

We are proud to announce the release of the new Rapid Education and Risk Analysis (RERA) Toolkit, developed by ECCN for USAID. A RERA investigates how contextual risks, such as violence, insecurity, natural hazards and health pandemics, impact education, how education influences these risks, and how these risks influence each other. A central focus of a RERA is the school community and its sources of resilience. A RERA is procured by USAID and conducted by USAID Implementing Partners in close collaboration with USAID Education Staff, and can be conducted in the field in less than two weeks.

Access the new toolkit and related resources on ECCN's RERA web page and engage in Q&A and discussion on ECCN's RERA Forum.

Share Your Work through ECCN’s Partner Initiatives

Are you doing great work in EiCC that you think others should know about? If so, please consider the ECCN's Partner Initiative Program for members. Through this program, ECCN will showcase member research, tools, products or programming information related to specific high-value themes within ECCN's priority areas:
  • Safe Learning Environments and Student Well-Being
  • Equity
  • Improved Programming
  • Local Capacity Development
More details on the program and how to apply can be found here. The submission deadline is March 31, 2018.

See You at CIES in Mexico

Please join ECCN at the annual conference of the Comparative International Education Society (CIES), in Mexico City, on March 25–29, 2018. ECCN staff will be participating in a range of presentations and panel discussions about education in crisis and conflict (EiCC), including sessions on the Rapid Education Risk Analysis and Safer Learning Environments toolkits, Accelerated Education Programming and Local Institutional Capacity Development.

For an overview of all EiCC activities at CIES check out this session schedule and visit ECCN's CIES web page to find featured presentations by our community. Please let us know if we missed anything or if you would like us to feature yours by emailing us at, subject line: CIES Presentations.

Be sure to stop by ECCN's exhibit booth and drop off any EiCC materials  from your organization that you would like to share with the CoP; we'd be glad to help disseminate them.

On Wednesday, March 28, ECCN will once again co-host the always-popular Education in Crisis and Conflict Reception with INEE, BEC, JEiE and two CIES SIGs. Invitations will be mailed no later than beginning of March.

SLE Workshop at CIES

ECCN will hold a pre-conference workshop about the Safer Learning Environments (SLE) Qualitative Assessment Toolkit, on March 25. This workshop is an expanded version of the session offered in ECCN's December SLE Training. Participation is limited to 25 people, so please register soon. For more information, see this site.

Seeking SLE Piloting Teams
Last call for teams to apply to pilot the SLE Quantitative Toolkit. As a piloting team, you’ll receive the full methodology, get technical support during the exercise, and have opportunities to engage with other teams. In return, you'll participate in weekly or bi-weekly interviews to report on your experiences. Pilot programs typically last 4–6 weeks, though they can go longer if desired.

Last but not least, ECCN will convene an SLE Working Group coffee meetup at CIES. You'll find the group in the lobby of the Hilton Reforma at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, March 26 . Anyone interested is welcome. For questions, contact Gwen Heaner
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Read two blog posts on RERAs recently done in the field and what lessons were learned:
The first RERA blog post features Liberia:How one NGO is adapting the RERA as a Rolling Exercise
The second RERA blog post features Adapting to Safety and Security Challenges:  Lessons Learned During a RERA in South Sudan.

On February 1 and 2, ECCN supported the Advancing SDG4 in Post-Conflict and Low-Resource Settings workshop. The event, hosted at The George Washington University, focused on how to integrate the themes and skills that are relevant to social-emotional learning (SEL) and SDG target 4.7 into textbooks and other education materials. The workshop was led by Margaret Sinclair, Collette Chabbott, and James Williams. Stay tuned for more details that will be shared in a blog post in March.

ECCN's SLE Evidence Gap Maps have been updated with new resources. Have you used these gap maps to help design or implement a program? If so, we’d love to hear about your experience. Please contact Gwen Heaner.

Recently, the countries of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Zambia agreed to apply the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) to the current crisis. They signed an agreement, called the Djibouti Declaration. For more information, visit the ECCN News Section.

From the ECCN Community Board

Join the SEL CoP on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at 9:00 a.m., for a webinar on Social and Emotional Learning and Psychosocial Support in Crisis Settings: From Theory to Practice. More information and RSVP are here.

Do you have news to share? Post items on the ECCN Community Board, and we’ll feature them in the next newsletter.

You might also be interested in

The Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) and The Journal on Education in Emergencies started a new podcast, Behind the Pages, featuring timely conversations with authors and researchers. For more information and to listen to this free podcast, go to iTunes.

The Assessment of Learning Outcomes and Social Effects of Community-Based Education (ALSE) research project published its phase two baseline report about Afghanistan. Funded by USAID, the project shows increased access and learning outcomes for children in the most remote areas in Afghanistan.

Sign up for the Spring 2018 Lecture Series: The Humanitarian-Development Nexus, which focuses on the past, present, and future relationship between humanitarian aid, and long-term development. The series is offered by the University of Sussex and is free.
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