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Education in emergencies

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Children watch as a UNICEF staff member unpacks a school-in-a-box kit after an emergency in Georgia.

Emergencies and their legacies continue to have a strong presence in the education systems of this region.

The conflicts that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union, the societal divisions that remain from those wars, the ongoing frozen conflicts, and regular earthquakes, floods and mudslides continue to threaten the access to and quality of schools in the region.

There are more than 827,000 children in the region classified as ‘populations of concern,’ i.e. refugees, asylum-seekers, returned refugees, internally-displaced persons (IDPs), returned IDPs and stateless children, and many more living in disputed territories and areas of ‘frozen conflict (UNHCR, 2007).’ These children have important implications for education systems in the region. 

Education plays a vital role in supporting the vulnerable children that are living through emergencies; reintegrating and rehabilitating those who have lived through emergencies; and preparing those who stand at risk of being affected by an emergency. Education in the region, as elsewhere, has an important role to play in preventing conflicts rooted in ethnic hatred and intolerance and in preventing devastation through emergency readiness trainings.

For more information about UNICEF's work on emergencies in the CEE/CIS region, click here.



































Education in Emergencies Training Facilitators Guide

Published by UNICEF Regional Office for CEE/CIS

Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies

INEE Minimum Standards 2010

Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies
Revised text published in 2010.

[Russian version]



Internally Displaced Persons


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