Of the 67 million primary-school-aged children around the world who do not attend school, 40 million live in countries affected by armed conflict. Millions more have had their education disrupted by natural disasters, crime, and violence.
In response, the USAID Education in Crisis and Conflict Network (ECCN) seeks to improve policy, planning, and practice in education in crisis and conflict (EICC) settings. ECCN shares knowledge, develops tools and guidance, and delivers professional development opportunities to build the capacity of its members. It focuses on four priority areas : safer learning environments, improved programming, enhanced equity, and strengthening local institutions.
ECCN is guided by a 13-member steering group composed of EICC professionals who represent USAID and its partners. Through this initiative, EDC manages an eight-member support team that promotes the development and sharing of evidence, tools, and information among USAID and its partners working on education in crisis and conflict-affected environments.
The activities of the USAID ECCN include the following:
- Develop and support the EICC community of practice
- Build and disseminate evidence for the field
- Test, disseminate, and use guidance, tools, metrics, and theories of change in education in conflict and crisis contexts
- Apply tools in education in crisis and conflict programming
- Develop, implement, and assess professional development for USAID staff and implementing partner
- Since 2014, ECCN has provided members with access to existing and emerging EICC-related resources through its website, newsletters, blogs, events, and webcasts.
- ECCN has conducted targeted research in EICC, based on USAID priorities, and supported related networks and initiatives, such as the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies, the Accelerated Education Working Group, and the Equity Research Initiative.
- USAID ECCN has a membership of over 1,100 educators, practitioners, and researchers.
Morgan Borscz Consulting; University of Massachusetts Center for International Education; Exterion, LLC