Working to Meet Global Challenges in Education

July 29, 2019

APPAM event ‘Public Policy in an Era of Rapid Change’ in Barcelona

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Experts from the humanitarian and academic sectors will come together in Barcelona this week for a major conference. The APPAM ‘Public Policy in an Era of Rapid Change’ event will address policy solutions to meet new and emerging global challenges - and War Child will be there.

Quality education for children worldwide

War Child is just one organisation working to meet new and emerging global challenges - particularly in the fields of education and mental health. Our global Can’t Wait to Learn programme provides quality education for children in areas where formal learning opportunities are not always available.

Education needs in countries affected by conflict are growing - yet just two per cent of global humanitarian aid was invested in education in 2016. This funding gap highlights the need for new solutions to meet the learning needs of the 32 million children worldwide denied access to education as a result of armed conflict.

Major event on urgent humanitarian issues

Potential solutions to these needs will be explored at a major event in Barcelona this week. The ‘Public Policy in an Era of Rapid Change’ conference - hosted by APPAM (Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management) - will see experts come together on July 29 and 30 to engage with urgent humanitarian issues. And War Child will be there…

Can't Wait to Learn

Our programme Can't Wait to Learns aims to provide children in conflict-affected areas with quality education

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Can't Wait to Learn Classroom Jordan Tablets

Children in Jordan are learning to read and do math on tablets

Photo: War Child

Driving innovation in education

Can’t Wait to Learn is one of five projects selected by UNICEF, UNHCR and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to form part of the Humanitarian Education Accelerator (HEA) initiative. The projects were chosen for their ability to contribute to increasing the global education sector knowledge base. The HEA specifically supports and evaluates promising education interventions in humanitarian settings.

Presenting findings and recommendations

The APPAM event will explore the milestones reached by the HEA initiative. This will see War Child present its findings from the four countries where Can’t Wait to Learn is currently active - Sudan, Lebanon, Jordan and Uganda. The impact of the programme on children’s learning outcomes and psychosocial wellbeing will be shared - as will findings to inform the future development of the programme.

War Child will also present a number of public policy recommendations for the education in emergencies sector at the conference. These recommendations draw on the organisation’s experience in delivering education programmes in areas affected by armed conflict.

Major findings from the conference will be available through the APPAM Twitter feed - follow @APPAM_DC for more. Further information on the research behind Can’t Wait to Learn is available to view here.