INEE's 20th Anniversary

WGMS first meeting
Participants of a workshop focused on the feasibility of developing a set of standards for EiE (Paris, 2002)

INEE was conceptualized in 2000 at the World Education Forum in Dakar where UNHCR, UNESCO, and UNICEF took forward Strategy Five of the Dakar Framework for Action and convened the first Global Consultation on Education in Emergencies (Geneva, 2000). INEE was founded on the basis that the right to quality education is universal and not suspended in times of emergency. 

There has been notable progress within the field of education in emergencies (EiE) in the last twenty years since INEE was established, including the development and adoption of global humanitarian standards for education (INEE Minimum Standards, 2004), the formation of the Global Education Cluster (2007), and the establishment of the Education Cannot Wait Fund (2016).

The EiE Timeline demonstrates how the field of EiE has evolved over the past twenty years. 

INEE has grown to a network of more than 17,000 individual members in 190 countries. INEE has consistently supported those living and working in the field of EiE to improve the quality of education in crisis contexts. 

INEE technical kit
The INEE Technical Kit (2001) - One of the first outputs of INEE. A 3-box collection of existing education materials for acute emergencies.

INEE will mark its 20th anniversary in a year when 90 percent of the world's students were affected by school closures at the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic. This crisis illustrates in a profound and comprehensive way that many of the same challenges that led to the formation of INEE still remain, including the deprioritization and underfunding of education in most humanitarian responses. INEE and the collective action it generates is more relevant than ever. 

As part of our 20th anniversary commemoration, INEE will highlight both the progress that has been made in EiE over the last twenty years, as well as the gaps and challenges still to be addressed. We will do this through: 

  1. a global report on EiE, to be published in November 2020;
  2. a presentation of text, video, and photo stories from INEE members; 
  3. an updated EiE Timeline (coming soon!); and 
  4. an open web event celebration in November (stay tuned!).

Call for Stories

Do you have a story to tell about education in emergencies? We want to hear it! Find out more, and submit your story by the deadline!

Tell us your EiE story!

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