Achieving Education for All: Good Practice in Crisis and PostConflict Reconstruction

A Handbook for Education Policy Makers and Practitioners in Commonwealth Countries

Conflict, natural disasters and other difficult circumstances present major obstacles to achieving the Millennium Development Goal of providing universal primary education by 2015. Commonwealth ministers of education are committed to developing strategies to strengthen education programmes for preventing conflict and mitigating the impact of conflict and natural disasters on education in disrupted societies.

This study focuses on sixteen Commonwealth countries in Africa, where the incidence of conflict is most easily seen, though many of the other problems discussed here have their parallels in other parts of the world, such as the 2004 Indian ocean tsunami.

The publication reviews selected African experiences of education in

• conflict situations

• natural disasters

• other difficult circumstances

and elaborates on the role education plays

• before emergencies occur, including its presence as a factor of exclusion

• during crisis situations and the ensuing responses

• afterwards in recovery, reconstruction and rehabilitation.

This practical guide will assist policymakers and others worldwide to better understand the complex issues and options that exist in decisionmaking; to share best practice in addressing situations arising from conflict, emergencies, and difficult circumstances; and to mitigate the effects on schooling while fostering a climate of tolerance, gender equality and diversity.