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Accelerated Education Training Participants in Kampala, Uganda
Photo Courtesy of Speke Resort.

Accelerated Education Training in Uganda 

In November 2018, ECCN, UNHCR and the Accelerated Education Working Group (AEWG), co-hosted a 4-day training in Uganda. The training sought to expand participants' knowledge and skills in the fundamentals of Accelerated Education programming. It brought together representatives from Ministries of Education, USAID, UN agencies, and Implementing Partner organizations from Burundi, DRC, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda. 

Participants studied and discussed the AEWG’s 10 Principles for Effective practice. Each country team produced a draft set of priority action points that they would further refine upon return to their home country. Simultaneous translation allowed English- and French-speaking countries to share resources and strategies, thus forming a true community of leaders in Accelerated Education.  

ECCN interviewed several participants about their experience for the ECCN blog.  

All materials for the training, including slide decks, handouts, videos, and activity instructions are available on the training page.  

ACRUG Shares Results from ECCN's Safer Learning Environments Quantitative Assessment Tool 

ECCN thanks Education Development Center (EDC), Family Health International (FHI 360) and Advocacy for Child Relief Uganda (ACRUG) for piloting ECCN's most recent SLE tool. ACRUG recently shared its study with ECCN. The study, which included four schools in the Kiryandongo refugee settlement in Uganda, shows that children are affected by violence both in school and on the way to and from school. In the last school term:
  • More than 85% of learners experienced verbal violence
  • 81% experienced corporal punishment, and
  • 93% experienced some form of school-related gender-based violence
These problems, which affect boys as well as girls, and especially children with disabilities, require urgent attention.

Read the summary brief and watch for a future blog post for more detail.

Learning for Peace — New Additions 

ECCN has partnered with UNICEF to host the wide array of resources developed under its Learning for Peace Programme. They recently added a compendium of 33 case studies from Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, and Yemen, among others - all of which make clear the link between improved education and reduced violence and crime. 

They also added a background paper about the Early Childhood Peace Consortium which, for the first time, demonstrates the programming options for conflict mitigation through Early Childhood Development services. 

To view the whole collection, please see the Learning for Peace webpage

USAID: New Acquisitions and Assistance Policy Launched 

In December 2018, USAID released a new Acquisitions and Assistance Strategy. This strategy streamlines approaches to the procurement of programs, including for education, and uses new and innovative methods of collaboration during design. The new strategy marks a shift away from prescriptive approaches, thus allowing for more flexibility, adaptability, and creativity.
 
Highlights include: 

  • USAID will diversify its partner base, focusing on private sector, locally established, and local subgrantee partners. 
  • USAID will establish metrics for local capacity strengthening, allowing comparative results across Missions.  
  • USAID will use adaptive management practices and reduce overly prescriptive rules and policies, making smarter use of data and evidence, including results-based payment. 
Read the entire report here
New Resources: ECCN Data Gap Maps
ECCN’s Data Gap Maps draw on more than 100 hand-picked resources from the 900+ sources in our Resource Repository. The Gap Maps are updated quarterly. Here are three more resources that were recently added: 
  1. A new report from the Centre for Economic Policy Research finds that the Conditional Cash Transfer program in Nicaragua not only provides incentives and means for teenage girls to remain in school longer, but also may affect fertility outcomes through improved nutrition (with implications for the onset of puberty) or provision of reproductive healthcare information. Access the paper here.
  2. A recently released paper from the American Academy of Pediatrics details the effects of armed conflict on children and supports recommendations in the accompanying Policy Statement. Download the paper here.
  3. Online Sexual Education Modules for Schools in Urban Colombia showed that virtual education made significant impacts on students’ knowledge and attitudes but had no impact on self-reported behavior. The study also found that the course was more effective when social groups took the course together. Read the paper here.  
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Events

ECCN’s upcoming webcasts have been rescheduled due to the federal government shutdown. 
 
Rescheduled WebcastImproving SEL Measurement for Children in Crisis 
Feb 15, 2019
 
International Rescue Committee and NYU Global TIES for Children (TIES) will host a webcast on measurement of children’s learning and holistic development. Presenters will discuss results from a scoping study on how stakeholders are conducting and using research, and share information about new SEL measurement tools currently under development. RSVP for the webcast here. Please note that if you already sent an RSVP for the original January date you have been automatically added to the RSVP for the February date.

Webcast: Conflict Education and Learning Library (CELL)
March 5, 2019

Please join CELL as they explore how the narration of violence in textbooks and curricula portrays cultural identities and can be used to exacerbate or mitigate existing drivers of conflict. To learn more, see the recent guest blog post.
  
Reception: CIES - Education for Sustainability 
April 16, 2019
8:30 pm
 
We look forward to seeing many ECCN members in San Francisco for our yearly CIES Reception. ECCN will co-host with INEEBasic Education CoalitionSpecial Interest Group – Education, Conflict and Emergencies, and Journal of Education in Emergencies, along with a new co-sponsor, the Equity Research Initiative
 
Information about the co-sponsors, ECCN-sponsored panels, and our reception will soon follow. If you’re working on EiCC-related projects and would like to feature your work, please contact us.  
 
Did You Miss This ECCN Event? 
 
ECCN and the Education Equity Research Initiative hosted a webcast to introduce Education Equity Indicators for Access: Guidance for Practitioners in Crisis and Conflict-Affected Contexts. Featuring experts from FHI 360 and ECCN, the webcast outlined the recommended six-step process for developing equity indicators. Learn more here. For more information on ECCN indicator work, please see this page.

 

Spotlight
Salzberg Global Seminar

Salzburg Global Seminar is organizing a one-week seminar in Salzburg in March 2019. The seminar will focus on the importance of incorporating SEL programs into education systems in countries affected by crisis or conflict. ECCN is collaborating with Salzburg Global to include leaders from priority countries. 
 
USAID Education Policy

Since the release of its new Education policy, USAID has published a short video highlighting the importance of U.S. Government investments in international education, a Program Cycle Implementation and Operational Guidance which provides information on aspects of the policy and a set of Good Practice Documents. All of these documents are available on USAID's Education Links website. 
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