The Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) is an open global network of members working together within a humanitarian a development framework to ensure all people affected by crisis the right to quality and safe education. INEE was conceived in 2000 at the World Education Forum in Dakar, Senegal and currently has more than 4,000 members, representing NGOs, UN agencies, governments, donor agencies and academic institutions.
Education is a fundamental human right and is especially critical for the tens of millions of children and youth affected by conflict and disasters. Beyond basic access to education, INEE works to ensure that children and adults have access to safe and quality education. Participants discussed their experience with INEE tools and reported that the minimum standards were extremely useful in training staff and implementing quality education in emergencies. INEE members described using the Safe School Construction Guide to rebuild schools in Haiti; using the teaching and learning standards to train teachers in southern Sudan; and expressed gratitude for the INEE minimum standards providing a common language in the field.
On July 1, INEE convened a group of stakeholders at the Center for Universal Education at Brookings to launch four new INEE tools for providing education in emergencies. Rebecca Winthrop, co-director of the Center for Universal Education, moderated the morning session and introduced Lori Heninger, director of INEE, who set the context by describing the work of INEE and the importance of education in emergencies.