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12may13:3015:00Watch13:30 - 15:00

A Movement Perspective on Education in Situations of Armed Conflict and Violence



(Wednesday) 13:30 - 15:00




Event Details

 Date and time: May 12, 2021 01:30 PM Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna

§  Duration: 90min

§  Audience: All RCRC staff and volunteers interested in education

§  Methodology: Interactive (Q&A presentation, discussion)

§  Please join the workshop by using the following ZOOM link: https://zoom.us/j/96205739304

Meeting ID: 962 0573 9304


The guiding questions of this webinar will be:

  1. What has the ICRC achieved over the past three years with its Access to Education program, and which lessons have been learned on the way?
  2. Which strategic orientations has the ICRC defined for the next five years?
  3. How does the ICRC work with National Societies and the IFRC to jointly respond to education needs in situations of conflict and violence?


Context and Webinar Description

Education is often rapidly and profoundly disrupted by situations of armed conflict and violence – not to mention when these are compounded with disasters and other emergencies like the global Covid-19 pandemic. The insecurity, risks and destruction caused by the conduct of hostilities frequently lead to school drop-out and closure. Attacks against school facilities and personnel have been increasing in frequency and complexity, especially in countries affected by conflict and violence. Education is not a luxury of peace time: It provides children and youth a sense of normalcy, opens up most opportunities in life, and can help them cope with the daily stress of being exposed to armed violence. In the long term, education provides people with the knowledge and skills they need to sustain their lives and livelihoods and to live with dignityTherefore, to achieve SDG4, education in emergencies must be prioritized. Given that education is systematically raised as a key concern by children, parents and communities and that international humanitarian law (IHL) expressly protects the continuity of education in conflict, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) decided to step into the space of education in 2017.


Following this decision, the ICRC developed a framework in 2017, and the ICRC Directorate approved a three-year strategy (2018-2020) to guide operational and policy response to humanitarian concerns caused by the disruption of education by conflict and violence. This strategy was reviewed in 2020 through a comprehensive review process and its findings and recommendations have been outlined in an executive summary. The next years of ICRC’s response will be led by a new 5-year strategy, which is based on the achievements and lessons learned from the review.


For almost 10 years now, the Movement has developed a common approach towards education, with an increasing focus on education in emergencies since the adoption of the Movement resolution “Education: related humanitarian needs” in 2017. National Societies are important partners in the education response during emergencies as auxiliaries to their authorities in the provision of humanitarian services and because of their proximity and access to affected school communities. Schools have always been natural working environments for National Societies as they are not only places of learning but also have an important social function as community gathering spots. Since decades, National Societies, IFRC and ICRC run humanitarian education activities and programs worldwide which aim to transmit humanitarian principles and values to children and young people of all ages and equip them with the necessary competencies to take part in humanitarian action – addressing the challenges they and their communities face. The current Covid-19 situation has shed light on the important role of the Movement for education in emergencies in for example allowing a safe return to school through massive hygiene promotion campaigns including access to or provision of clean water and sanitation facilities.


Should you face any difficulties in joining, please write to Karl Zarhuber (IFRC) at karl.zarhuber@ifrc.org

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IFRC Education Team


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