Education in Emergencies

13 February-26 March 2019 (E13519) | Register for this course (opens in new window)
Instructor: Ozen Guven

This e-learning course introduces staff members of (international) development agencies and NGOs to the legal frameworks protecting and governing education in emergencies. More than half the world’s permanently out-of-school children live in areas affected by emergencies, either natural disasters or armed conflict. Many more become temporarily affected when an emergency strikes or they face entire childhoods in refugee camps. All are protected by a special combination of human rights, refugee, criminal and humanitarian law, spelling out how to prevent attacks, discrimination and violations of education, and clearly stipulating who are the duty-bearers, what mechanisms for redress exist and how education must look in an emergency response.

Course structure

This certificate course involves approximately 30 hours of reading, discussion, webinars, a writing assignment and quizzes, and is offered over a six-week period. The course is based on a participatory, active learning approach, with an emphasis on critical reflection and peer-to-peer learning. Participants will do the required readings, prepare interim and final assignments and participate in group discussions. Case studies will be used to enable interactive learning and activities. Participants will receive a Certificate of Participation upon successful completion of the course. The maximum number of participants is 25. It is also possible to audit the course.

Course outline

Week 1. The dangers to education, learners and facilities in different types of emergencies: armed conflict, complex emergencies, and natural disasters Week 2. The protection of education under different legal regimes: human rights, humanitarian, criminal and refugee law Week 3. Remedies, mechanisms, and monitoring Week 4. The wider response of the international community: INEE, the Education Cluster system, UN and NGOs Week 5. Most vulnerable groups affected by emergencies and links to poverty and development Week 6. Case study (a country or an organisation): how to use the legal frameworks governing education in emergencies for advocacy

About the instructor: Ozen Guven

Ozen GuvenOzen Guven is a consultant whose dissertation “Exile Syrian Teachers: Emotions and Resistance” explores politicization among exiled Syrian teachers in Turkey and how teachers’ politicisation influences everyday practices in refugee schools. In particular, the project examines the role of emotions in promoting acts of resistance or resignation among teachers in relation to the ongoing events in Syria. For this one-year ethnographic study, she collected data through semi-structured interviews with Syrian teachers working in camp and non-camp schools, participant observations in non-camp schools, and documents analysis of textbooks and other teaching materials. Ozen earned a B.A. in Foreign Language Education at Bogazici University, Turkey, and a M.S. in International Relations at Middle East Technical University, Turkey. She worked as a consultant for several agencies such as USAID and DFID, and taught academic English at Cankaya University in Turkey. The courses for which she worked as a teaching assistant at New York University include “Comparative Studies of Education: Qualitative Methods,” and “Cross-Cultural Studies of Socialization.”

Who should apply

The course is intended for, among others, humanitarian workers, child rights advocates, youth workers, social workers, staff members of development and children's rights/social justice organisations, including development NGOs and UN specialised agencies like UNICEF. Participants should have a good written command of English -- the working language of the course -- and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use. HREA aims to ensure equal gender and geographical distribution across the selected participants.


Tuition fee for participants: € 345 (after 21 December 2018: € 405); tuition for auditors€ 135 (€ 155 after 21 December 2018). Payments can be made online with major credit cards (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa), PayPal and bank transfer. Bulk rates are available. Payments are due upon registration.

How to register

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