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INEE's Minimum Standards Assessment Report 2012

Who: Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE): 'an open, global network of practitioners and policy makers working together to ensure all persons the right to quality education and a safe learning environment in emergencies and post-crisis recovery'. To this end, INEE has the Minimum Standards Handbook which is the only global tool outlining the minimum level of educational quality in emergency and post-emergency situations. 

What
: INEE recently released their Minimum Standards assessment report, which attempted 'to understand awareness of the INEE Minimum Standards (MS), how they are being used, and how they are institutionalized in plans and policies'. I'll cut to the chase and provide you with some of the main findings:
  • Usage: Con´Čéict is the most frequent context where the MS are used (32%), followed by Natural Disasters (24%).
  • Awareness: Approximately 1 in 7 people report having limited understanding of the MS. 
  • Training: National NGOs and people based at community levels state most often that trainings are inaccessible to them (in comparison to that received by UN Agency members, Education Coordinators).
  • Advocacy: This is a primary use for the MS. 
  • Coordination: The MS prove helpful with coordination in the field. 
  • Programme Planning and Response: Written plans on using the MS are far from fully implemented in practice. 
  • Research: The MS are also reaching academic realms and being used for research purposes. 
  • Institutional Change: The MS have increased organisational capacity to prepare and respond to emergency education.

In light of the findings, some of the report's suggestions are:
  • a more user-friendly format;
  • simpler language;
  • more realistic standards - possibly replacing 'Minimum Standards' with 'Quality Standards';
  • greater guidance on how to contextualise the standards;
  • more specific and measurable indicators to enable measurement of progress.

Having used the MS for research purposes, I tend to agree with suggestions that the standards need to be more realistic, specific, and allow for greater contextualisation. For further information on the assessment, and full details of the findings and recommendations, check out the full report.

What do you think?

Do you use INEE's MS in your line of work? Do you agree/disagree with the findings of the report? Do you think that general, global guidelines for Education in Emergencies are beneficial for successfully implementing the Right to Education in emergency and post-emergency contexts? Share your comments and experiences below!

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