This CIDA and Save the Children Canada workshop sounds really interesting on “Understanding and Using the Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies (MSEE), Chronic Crises and Early Reconstruction.”

Understanding and Using the Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies (MSEE), Chronic Crises and Early Reconstruction.

Date :
March 2-3, 2009
March 2 – 11:30 to 5:00
March 3 – 9:00-5:00
Save the Children Canada
4141 Yonge Street, 4th Floor
Toronto, ON

Education in emergencies, during chronic crises and early reconstruction efforts, can be both life-saving and life-sustaining. It can save lives by protecting against exploitation and harm and can help disseminate key survival messages such as HIV/AIDS prevention. It offers structure, stability and hope for the future during a time of crisis, particularly for children and adolescents. Education in emergencies can also play a role in the reconstruction process by building personal skills and providing conflict resolution and peace building interventions.

Education is a human right. It is also an integral component of CIDA`s development assistance and an important element of protection during emergencies. CIDA is committed to achieving Education For All, and recognizes the unique challenges of effectively responding to those affected by emergency, conflict and/or post-conflict situations in order to achieve this goal. As such, CIDA works very closely with the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) to improve stakeholder coordination and has supported the development of the Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies (MSEE).

Objective: To provide tools for international partners and organizations who work with children in vulnerable situations.

The purpose of this two-day workshop is to provide the tools necessary to ensure quality education in emergencies, which will in turn lay a solid basis for reconstruction. This workshop would be useful for both policy and programming practitioners who focus on emergency settings from early response to early reconstruction and fragile states.

This workshop will provide an overview of the Minimum Standards and demonstrate useful and relevant ways to implement them through case studies and simulations. The workshop presents guidelines when working for communities and education authorities. It will also cover monitoring and evaluation strategies and the use of education as a tool for early reconstruction.


Space is limited, so please RSVP for the workshop by February 20, 2009. Upon registration, all participants will receive the INEE Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies, Chronic Crises and Early Reconstruction handbook and the two-day agenda for the workshop.

Please feel free to circulate this invitation to other partners and colleagues.

For further information and to register please contact Kim Kerr 416-221-5501 ext. 236/ or Tara Painter at 819-953-8385
This event is being hosted by Save the Children Canada and CIDA’s Education Network.

For more information on INEE and to download the minimum standards for education in emergencies, go to:


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