AVSI Expands Collaboration with INEE to Development Educational Standards in Emergency Situations
Monday, 20 December 2004 00:00

The Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergency (INEE) hosted a Second Global Consultation on Education in Emergency and Early Recovery in Cape Town, South Africa, from December 2-4, 2004.

AVSI attended this meeting as participants in the African Consultation on the development of Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies, and presented AVSI’s activities in Northern Uganda.

INEE  Publishes AVSI Training Manual on Psycho-Social Support

October 2004

The invitation to participate in this collaborative effort is recognition of the quality and the approach which AVSI takes towards all areas of intervention, and in particular towards education. From this and other collaborations, AVSI had been nominated to form part of the INEE task force on HIV/AIDS.

The Interagency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE), an initiative affiliated with UNESCO, has recently chosen two publications produced by AVSI’s team in Uganda to include in their Technical Kit on Learning for Education in Emergencies. The Handbook for Teachers and the Training Manual for TeachersNorthern Uganda since 1997, with support from USAID, and also in Rwanda following the genocide over the period of 1994-1997, in cooperation with UNICEF. The handbooks reflect the successful strategies for psycho-social support for children and communities in post-conflict situations that AVSI has developed over time, in collaboration with the International Rescue Committee and other contributors. The publications are available electronically, on the INEE website and listed as a Good Practice Guide for Educational Content and Methodology (http://www.ineesite.org/edcon/psy_soc.asp). draw upon the authors’ years of experience working together with communities that have been displaced or otherwise impacted by regional violence.

INEE promotes access and completion of high-quality education among persons affected by conflict situations, emergencies or chronic stability by supporting the efforts of teachers and other practitioners. INEE serves as a clearinghouse of information and resources for education providers, providing documentation of best practices and related research to enhance the work being done in the field.

The Handbook for Teachers and the Training Manual for Teachers are unique in that they engage teachers at a personal level, stressing the importance of understanding all the needs of the child, including the social and psychological needs. The training books address these concerns in reference to traumatic events and conflict, therefore recognizing head-on the serious challenges faced by teachers in emergency situations. Publication of these manuals by the INEE is an indication of their quality and value for other education practitioners worldwide.

For AVSI, the Psycho Social Support Program in Uganda recognizes that a child is not an isolated individual, but belongs to a family, whether it be natural or foster, and a community in which he lives and interacts. As a result, a response to a child’s needs depends on the reciprocal interaction between the child and his/her environment. For this reason, the Psycho Social Support Program has developed a community-based approach to supporting children in the midst of conflict, violence and insecurity.