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The Roadmap towards a New U.S. Global Education Strategy

On September 8, 2017, the President signed into law the Reinforcing Education Accountability in Development Act (READ Act), demonstrating the U.S. Government’s commitment to quality basic education. The passage of the READ Act mandates the release of a new comprehensive U.S. International Basic Education Strategy, which will be released this September.
 
The development of the global strategy is a joint undertaking by several U.S. Government agencies, including USAID, and requires public input. To assist the USAID EiCC team in their input towards the strategy, ECCN hosted several consultations through which members could provide input to the strategy from an Education in Crisis and Conflict perspective:
  1. April: ECCN Steering Group meeting with Julie Cram, USAID’s Senior Coordinator of US International Basic Education Assistance
  2. May: ECCN membership survey on five specific questions
  3. June: SEL Policy Roundtable (see below)
For more information:
  • Read the USAID report on results achieved under the 2011-2017 USAID Education Strategy.
  • Read ECCN’s blog post for more background on the READ Act and its implementation steps. 
  • Access the consolidated ECCN member input from (1) and (2) above here.
Stay tuned for further updates and additional engagement opportunities.

ECCN and Partners Host SEL Policy Roundtable

On June 1, 2018, ECCN and partners hosted the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Roundtable. One hundred researchers, practitioners, and policymakers gathered to discuss the current evidence, implementation challenges, promising approaches, and innovative SEL interventions. The purpose of the gathering was to inform and develop recommendations on social-emotional learning in crisis and conflict-affected contexts for the new United States’ international basic education strategy.

Roundtable resources, notes, and slides can be found on the ECCN SEL Event Page.

In-Country Training and Fieldwork Support Offered to SLE Toolkit Piloting Teams

ECCN is looking for partners to pilot the innovative Safer Learning Environments (SLE) Quantitative Assessment Toolkit, which is a supplement to the very popular SLE Qualitative Assessment Toolkit

Both toolkits help users identify the most significant risks to safer learning in their particular context—from SRGBV, gang violence, and education under attack to natural disasters and health emergencies—and then provide highly detailed guidance on how to conduct research around those particular risks. Both toolkits are appropriate for junior or expert researchers and can be carried out in a matter of weeks. 

As part of the piloting process, ECCN will provide in-country training and (virtual) technical assistance from ECCN's Research Manager Gwen Heaner. If you have any questions or would like to pilot the toolkit, please email Gwen.

Help Shape Conflict Sensitivity Indicators and Equity Guidance

Are you knowledgeable about Conflict Sensitive Education or improved monitoring of EiCC programs?  Does your work include attention to equitable access to education in EiCC programs? If so, we’d appreciate your input on:
  • ECCN’s draft list of Conflict Sensitive Education Indicators and
  • ECCN/Education Equity Research Initiative’s draft Education Equity Indicators for Access and Retention: Guidance for Practitioners in Crisis and Conflict-Affected Contexts.
To contribute to either initiative, please contact ECCN's Protocols and Metrics Specialist Daniel Lavan

Call for ECCN Partner Initiatives

Are you working on a new tool or resource that you would like to feature through an ECCN partner initiative? Are you looking to field-test or publicize research that you are conducting in the next twelve months? Do you have a proposed plan for an existing EiCC program that could be enhanced through ECCN support? If so, we invite you to submit an application for ECCN’s Partner Initiatives by August 10, 2018. Further details are available online at ECCN Partner Initiatives.

EiCC Learning Agenda

USAID has released the new Education in Crisis and Conflict Learning Agenda. The agenda is comprised of five priority questions in the education in crisis and conflict field and was informed by extensive consultations with USAID colleagues and outside experts.

The five areas of research are:
  • humanitarian and development coherence,
  • student well-being,
  • equity,
  • data monitoring and evaluation, and
  • strengthening institutional capacity.
In the coming months, USAID will share information related to how the Learning Agenda will be pursued. In the meantime, ECCN encourages those who are doing work that addresses any areas of this learning agenda to get in touch by sending an email to usaideccn@edc.org, subject line: Learning Agenda.

We hope this agenda can result in a collective effort to generate learning that can benefit us all. For more information, click here.



Spotlight

The SLE Qualitative Assessment Toolkit and e-Annexes, published in March, now includes a training video on the qualitative database. Check it out to learn more about the innovative and effective data organization and analysis tools.  

Announcing several ECCN Trainings in the Fall/Winter 2018:
Stay tuned for information on how ECCN members can be involved. 

The Rapid Education and Risk Analysis Toolkit (RERA), already implemented in five countries, is underway in Nicaragua and the DRC, and under consideration by USAID partners in other countries in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. For support in conducting a RERA, USAID staff can contact Ashley Henderson (USAID EiCC Team, Washington); partners can reach out to James Rogan (ECCN Support Team).

Save the Date for Global Working Group to End School-Related Gender Based Violence Webinar: Measuring gender attitudes to address School-Related Gender Based Violence. Panel Speakers Sohini Bhattacharya, President and CEO, Breakthrough TV, and Jane Leer, Research Specialist, Save the Children USA. July 19, 8:30 – 9:45 ET. Learn more here.

ECCN continues to update and refine its evidence gap maps that focus on four main risk areas to safer learning: internal risks (including SRGBV), external risks (gang violence, education under attack), health risks, and natural disaster risks. ECCN is now looking for partners who have used them in their work to share their insight into what worked well and what requires more improvement. Let us know your thoughts and become a co-developer with credit on our website by emailing  ECCN's Research Manager Gwen Heaner for more information.
 

Catch up on ECCN Webcasts

ECCN's next webcast will be on July 31 and will feature a discussion of peer violence in schools and its effect on learning. Stay tuned for more information on presenters from USAID and Texas A&M University.
 
USAID's Education Recovery and Support Activity (ERSA), implemented by EDC, was the topic of ECCN’s recent webcast: Accelerated Education in Northern Mali, which demonstrated that Accelerated Education can reach even those who are unable to be at school in the face of civil conflict.

The webcast discussed how ERSA used results from USAID’s Rapid Education Risk Analysis (RERA) to refine program design and highlighted the findings of a case study of ERSA’s program design and implementation using the Guide to Accelerated Education Principles released in late 2017 by AEWG.

ECCN partnered with R4D and USAID in a webcast to make the case for Affordable Non-State Schools in EiCC. The report, webcast recording and slides, as well as other useful resources can be found here.

Be sure to check out the ECCN archive of all the past webcasts here.
 

You might also be interested in

In September, USAID, The World Bank, and UNICEF will co-host a webinar series on Disability Inclusive Education in Africa. The series explores essential components of the enabling environment and service delivery that can support efforts to create inclusive education systems for all, including students with disabilities. Register here.

Learn more about preventing violent extremism and read INEE's thematic paper: An introduction to education and preventing violent extremism, which highlights some of the more commonly used concepts and working definitions.

Aid to education has reached its highest level since records began in 2002. Between 2015 and 2016, it grew by US$1.5 billion, or 13%, to a record US$13.4 billion. Read Aid to education: A return to growth: UNESCO Policy Paper.

When Life Is in Limbo, Education Can't Wait. Sarah Dryden-Peterson, associate professor of education at Harvard, shares insights from her team’s work on refugee education around the world addressing different models of integration for refugees within national education systems and ideas of relational belongings and inclusion.
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