UNESCO’s Strategic Framework for Education in Emergencies in the Arab Region

As Education has been deeply affected by the scale of crisis in the Arab Region, with over 13 million children and youth not going to school due to conflict, UNESCO’s Strategic Framework for Education in Emergencies in the Arab Region (2018-2012) aims to respond to the Education crisis in the region through supporting Member States in meeting their educational needs, and helping them meet the commitments set out in SDG4 which aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all by 2030. The Strategic Framework, jointly elaborated by UNESCO field offices in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, and Palestine, aims to increase access to quality learning opportunities for children and youth, to empower them with values, knowledge and skills for life and work, to support teachers and enhance the resilience of education systems.

The Strategic Framework consists of four strategic goals anchored in the three pillars of education: Access, Quality and System Strengthening.
UNESCO then intensified efforts to address urgent educational needs in order to strengthen the resilience of education systems so that Member States are able to respond better with durable solutions to the Syria crisis. Bridging Learning Gaps for Youth was the result of this process. This regional strategy, established in 2014 and reviewed in 2016, builds on the Organization’s expertise in professional and institutional capacity development, in educational planning, management and reform and provides a regionally coherent, nationally responsive education programme” .

Why Arab region?

Education has been deeply affected by the scale of crisis in the Arab Region, with over 13 million children and youth not going to school due to conflict.
Goals: The Strategic Framework consists of four strategic goals anchored in the three pillars of education: Access, Quality and System Strengthening.
Significance of the framework: The Framework aims to increase access to quality learning opportunities for children and youth, to empower them with values, knowledge and skills for life and work, to support teachers and enhance the resilience of education systems.

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