Around the world, progress is being made toward achieving equitable access to education in crisis and conflict environments for millions of learners. However, gaps still remain regarding effective policies, programs, and practice for improved educational access and quality in the world’s most challenging environments.
The USAID Education in Crisis and Conflict Network (USAID ECCN) offers a significant opportunity to build knowledge around what works for education in crisis- and conflict-affected environments. Through this five-year initiative, EDC manages a nine-member support team that promotes the development and sharing of evidence, tools, and information among USAID and its partners working on education in crisis- and conflict-affected environments.
The activities of the USAID ECCN include the following:
- Develop and support the Education in Crisis and Conflict Community of Practice
- Build and disseminate evidence for the field
- Test, disseminate, and use guidance, tools, metrics, and theories of change in education in conflict and crisis contexts
- Apply tools in education in crisis and conflict programming
- Develop, implement, and assess professional development for USAID staff and implementing partners
- USAID ECCN has a growing membership of educators, practitioners, and researchers, currently 430.
- By 2019, USAID ECCN’s work is expected to result in providing USAID and its partners increased access to, and application of, evidence, relevant program metrics, and theories of change; tools and guidance; and professional development for education programming in crisis- and conflict-affected environments.