Education in Emergencies


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Course Title

Education in Emergencies (EiE)

Course Description

This is a self-paced learning experience. You will be able to stop and start the module at your convenience.

In this module, students will learn about the role that education plays in an emergency situation, and explore the different geographical contexts and types of emergencies. They will understand the various actors, roles, and authorities involved in EiE responses, as well as the tools, policies, and treaties that have been developed to guide EiE responses. In this module students will be asked to consider how questions of identity and inclusion affect those who provide education, as well as those who participate as learners

Throughout this module, you will learn from working professionals who have contributed through video as well as authored the text. In addition to watching videos and reading text, you will interact with the content, in various ways, through sliders that reveal information as you move, hotspots on an image, a variety of question styles (both graded and ungraded), and more.

Duration to complete module: 4-6 hours approximately. If using a mobile device to review the module, use the browser on your device. Do not access through the Canvas app.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Trace the development of education in emergencies as a core area of humanitarian action, and discuss key policies and frameworks that anchor education in emergencies from global to local scales.

  • Identify the perspectives and roles of various stakeholders related to the provision of education in emergencies.

  • Reflect on the impact of emergencies on the learning environments and multi-sectoral responses to education in emergencies.

  • Explain how emergencies affect teaching and learning for students and what factors should be considered in EiE responses.

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Course Contributors 

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Dr. Thomas M. Crea, MSW
Assistant Dean of Global Programs

Dr. Tom Crea is a Professor, Chair of Global Practice, and Assistant Dean of Global Programs at the Boston College School of Social Work. He is a former clinical social worker with previous experience as a mental health therapist for severely emotionally disturbed children, and as a foster care adoption worker and supervisor. Dr. Crea leads local, national, and international research projects related to social interventions for children and families. This research focuses on the intersections of child welfare, refugee social protection and education, and strengthening humanitarian aid and international development programs. Dr. Crea works closely with international non-governmental organizations such as Jesuit Refugee Service, Catholic Relief Services, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Changing the Way We Care, the International Institute of New England, and others. Click here for full biography.

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Subject Expert

Greg St. Arnold
Education in Emergencies Consultant

Greg St. Arnold has worked in education in the United States and abroad for 15 years and is committed through his work to building a more just and inclusive global community. Greg is a graduate of Marquette University, where he received a B.A. in History, and Arizona State University, where he received a M.Ed. in Special Education. He taught middle and high school for eight years in the US, focusing on inclusive education and children with disabilities. In 2016, he began working with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Eastern and Southern Africa, focusing especially on educational projects in Kakuma refugee camp (Kenya), Dzaleka refugee camp (Malawi), and Maban, South Sudan. Greg later joined the JRS International Office, serving as Director of the Educational Unit and coordinator of JRS’ Global Education Team. He served as JRS’ representative to the Inter-agency Network on Education in Emergencies (INEE) Standards & Practices Working Group, was a member of the Teachers in Crisis Contexts (TiCC) collaborative, and has edited and co-authored papers and collections on inclusive education and teaching in crisis and emergency settings. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is an avid reader and puzzle enthusiast.