Education in EmergenciesNovember 5, 2012 Your title goes here Your sub-header here
INTRODUCTION TO THE SAHEL CRISIS: REGIONAL Source: UN OCHA, June 2012
PLAN’S RESPONSE • BURKINA FASO - Education in emergencies: • Primary school and pre-school classes (catch-up classes) started in August in two refugee camps • Procured school desks, books and equipment for classroom tents and teacher manuals • Facilitated participation of refugee children (incl. girls) to take the primary school exam • WASH facilities (latrine blocks) for primary and pre-school • Temporary structures • Key Gaps: Pre-school and secondary school. High running costs (insecurity) • NIGER - Education in emergencies: • Operating school feeding program • Building pre-school classes at Mangaizé Refugee Camp and established school canteen • Construction of additional classrooms (local materials) • Conducting catch-up classes • Distribution of school bags and supplies
PLAN’S RESPONSE (cont.) • MALI - Education in emergencies: • Co-lead of Education Cluster (launched October 5) • Partners and key stakeholders trained in EiE and CPiE • Support for exam preparation • Catch-up classes • Distribution of school kits • Official start date was September 24. ‘Back to school’ campaign ongoing • Challenges: • Likely to be a prolonged crisis • Some schools (Mopti) being occupied by military groups • Children being recruited in the north
SAHEL CRISIS: KEY MESSAGE Across the Sahel, millions were already vulnerable to hunger and malnutrition because of repeated poor harvests. This was further complicated by seasonal flooding damaging or destroying crops and homes. Recent political instability and armed conflict have increased the vulnerability of hundreds of thousands as they move in search of safety. Poor children under five are particularly vulnerable during complex emergencies. Plan has developed a coordinated emergency response to the complex crises in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger that focuses on child protection, WASH, education and health for children under five.