EiE events at RewirEd 2021

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12 — 14 December 2021
Dubai and virtual

RewirEd is a global platform with a clear vision: to rewire education for a prosperous and sustainable future.

Led by Dubai Cares, in partnership with Expo 2020 Dubai and in close coordination with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC), and delivered in partnership with global stakeholders, RewirEd aims to be a catalyst in redefining education to ensure a future that is prosperous, sustainable, innovative and accessible to all.


EiE events at RewirEd 2021

In December 2021, the RewirEd Summit brought together education practitioners, policymakers, academics, and donors to discuss innovation in education, climate change, and education financing. While the Summit focused on education globally across myriad contexts, there were a number of EiE-related presentations and panels. Below is a brief summary of select events from INEE and E-Cubed Funded Projects at the Summit. Visit the RewirEd website and the full RewirEd agenda for more information.


Day 1 | 12 December 2021

Transforming Education: A Route to Helping Young People Adapt to Climate Change (Talent Arena)

Speakers: Dr. Anna Barford, Anthony Mugeere, Peace Mbeiza, Benard Isiko, Viola Kataike

Moderator: Charles Mankhwazi

This interactive session will draw upon research findings from Uganda showcasing the impact of climate disruptions on young people’s livelihoods, their adaptations and resilience. The session will further explore the need for radical changes in education as a route to greater climate resilience and effective adaptation to the climate crisis.


With Us and For Us: Working with and for Young People in Humanitarian and Protracted Crises Settings (Think Tank)

Speakers: Robert Jenkins, Laura Valencia, Mahmoud Basem, Anne Muthoni, Therese Curran

Moderator: Foni Joyce Vuni

The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Youth Guidelines provide a guide on how to pivot traditional response to innovate how we work with and for young people in humanitarian and protracted crises. Come and join young people as they share their ideas and experiences on how they are using the guidelines in their communities.

This session wasn’t recorded, for further information about the session, please reach out to the session lead, Mrs. Therese Curran


Celebrating and supporting refugees’ and migrants’ contributions to society through entrepreneurship (Future Hall)

Speakers: Mohamed Kawsara, Fernando Martinez Cure, Ola Enis

Moderator: Anita Tiessen

This session will explore the powerful path that entrepreneurship offers refugees and migrants; promoting self-reliance and helping to overcome societal integration barriers. Reflecting on recent research, the session will combine video content of migrant and refugee entrepreneurs with a panel discussion on their varied needs; exploring how education and entrepreneurship organisations can support them.

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Emerging Models of Higher Education in Conflict (Classroom Hall)

Speakers: Ben Webster, Rebecca Granato, Chrystina Russell, Christian Hülshörster, Phyllis Mureu, Gavin Brockett, Saraswathi Samusarma, Helena Barroco, Mia Ozegovic, Oshish Ungras, Alvaro Zuniga

Moderator: Hala Hajtaleb

Refugee students present on the imperative for higher education (HE) for refugees. With key experts, students will join diverse tables to tackle challenges leading towards 15 per cent refugee enrolment in HE by 2030 through

  • Building sustainable financing models
  • Building skills into and out of HE
  • Expanding access to HE

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Education in Crisis and Displacement: Education Cannot Wait Case for Investment (Invitation only) (Canada Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai)

An event co-hosted by the Dubai Cares, Global Affairs Canada and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office of the UK Government during the RewirEd Summit at Expo 2020 Dubai


Day 2 | 13 December 2021

Improving Learning Outcomes Through Data (workshop) (The Loft)

Speaker: Azad Oommen


Remote Learning in the Early Years: Media, Muppets, and Innovative Collaboration (Classroom Hall)

Speakers: Anita Anastacio, Kuri Chisim, Manar Shukri, IRC Speaker

Moderator: Nina Papadopoulos

Early education lays the foundation for lifelong learning, yet millions of children in crisis contexts have no access to education. COVID-19 has only exacerbated this challenge. But join us in this session to explore how the pandemic has also prompted innovation in remote learning solutions – redefining how we deliver early education in crisis and beyond.



Accelerated Education Working Group: COVID-19 learning pathways for getting education back on track (Classroom Hall) 

Speakers: Martha Hewison, Kayla Boisvert, Ayuk Peterkings Ayuk 

Moderator: Manal Stulgait 

COVID-19 dictated the need to rapidly scale up flexible education options to reach all learners, however there is still confusion around which programmes are appropriate for which learners. This interactive session introduces the Accelerated Education Working Group's COVID-19 tools and guidance supporting programme design, implementation, and evaluation. 

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Achieving concurrent benefits for youth and young child development through novel youth training programmes in Early Childhood Care and Education (Future Hall).

Speakers: Angelica Ponguta, Amanda Devercelli, Saima Siyal, Emily Franchett, Randi Wolfe, Vidya Putcha, Frances Beaton-Day

Moderator: Dr. Aisha K. Yousafzai

Youth-led programs for early childhood care and education (ECCE) offer an innovative strategy to provide mutual benefits for both youth and young children. This session will feature case studies from Pakistan, Colombia, Liberia, and the United States, highlighting implications for policy development, new directions for programs, and continued research.

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Innovations in Strengthening the EiE Evidence Base: Towards Equitable and Localized Knowledge Generation (Future Hall)

Speakers: Kayla Boisvert, Nadeen Alalami, Silvia Diazgranados, Loise Gichuhi 

Moderator: Jessica Hjarrand 

We have increasingly seen investment in and prioritization of research in EiE, however knowledge production remains driven by predominantly Global North institutions. While National and Regional evidence exists, it is necessary to elevate and amplify this work globally. This session will showcase innovations in localized knowledge production as well as provide an opportunity for open discussion and creative brainstorming of best practice.

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High-Level Panel: The Future of Teaching: How Best to Support Educators to be Leaders of Learning in Times of Uncertainty

Speakers: Gwen Hines, Dr. Tanjina Mirza, Khadija Bakhtiar, Michael Kocher

Moderator: Dr. Andrew Cunningham

The global education sector must view teachers as the key constituency in co-creating the future of teaching and learning. This session will showcase and discuss concrete solutions for supporting teachers for the future, which are co-created by teachers and a leading civil society organization in global education. The session will demonstrate the need for rewiring the dialogue between teachers and education decision-makers focusing on co-created solutions that work for the future of teaching, worldwide.


From Mapping Global EdTech Trends to Co-designing Local Humanitarian Education Solutions (Classroom Hall)

Speakers: Jeremy Kirschbaum, Jacqueline Strecker, Joseph Andrews Omoluyi

Moderator: Atish Gonsalves

The panel will present the findings from a global EdTech innovations landscape analysis. UNHCR will draw on the collective experience of implementing Connected Education programmes in refugee-contexts, along with presenting the increasing digital divide. Participants will also be shown a newly launched wiki to map and crowdsource global EdTech innovations.

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Improving Learning Through Data: The Learning Data Compact (Talent Arena)

Speakers: H.E. Dr. Dipu Moni, H.E. Tarek Shawky, Jaime Saavedra, Robert Jenkins, Stefania Giannini

Data about learning and schooling has never been more vital. But many countries still lack the data needed to halt Learning Poverty. How can countries assess learning and use data and drive change? And how can the international community improve coordination and quality in global efforts to measure what students learn?


Reaching those left behind: Is Non-formal and alternative learning the missing piece? (Future Hall)

Speakers: Emma Wagner, Teresa Sordé Marti, Mairead King, Dr. Iyad Zaqout

Moderator: Ashley Nemiro

For the 258 million children who were not enrolled in school before the pandemic – including those affected by emergencies – ensuring they can learn is even more important. This panel will highlight innovative practices of non-formal education and mental health and psycho-social support (MHPSS) being used to meet the rights of out of school children.

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High-Level Panel: Reimagining Our Futures Together: UNESCO’s flagship publication on the futures of education.

Speakers: Sahle-Work Zewde, Stefania Giannini, Badr Jafar, Arjun Appadurai, Maha Yahya

Moderator: Olajide King

This session will share messages and recommendations from UNESCO’s newly released publication ‘Reimagining our Futures Together’. Two years in the making, the publication proposes ideas to remake education towards 2050. The work was steered by an International Commission of thought-leaders chaired by the President of Ethiopia.


The Right to Wellbeing (Classroom Hall)

Speaker: Camilla Lodi, Gerhard Pulfer, Mona Ghaith, Zohour Idries

Moderator: Rula Dajani

NRC’s flagship Better Learning Programme (BLP) is currently funded by Porticus and ECW. In response to growing Psychosocial Support (PSS) needs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, NRC introduced BLP in 10 new countries, bringing its total coverage to 22. We will present its latest research in this masterclass, demonstrating the positive impact of BLP to promote the global rollout of this approach.

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High-Level Panel: Education & Climate Change: Education and its crucial role in combating the climate crises 

Speakers: Helen Grant, Safeena Husain, Armel Azihar Sly-Vania, Chief Moomen, Prince Albert of Monaco

Moderator: Amel Karboul

Education is a powerful society-wide lever for climate action, but education has not been prioritized as a solution to climate change. This session will discuss the broader context and challenge at hand, explore synergies and opportunities between education and climate change, and discuss concrete routes of action by global leaders.


Harnessing Educational Innovation to Provide Quality Education to Palestine Refugee Children in the Face of Adversity

Moderator: Dana Jawad Amr, Programs Manager, Dubai Cares

Speakers: Moritz Bilagher, Reem Jeibat, Dr. Iyad ZAQOUT, Leen Shaker Al Falah, 

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Day 3 | 14 December 2021

High-Level Panel: Building Forward from COVID-19: Financing Catch-Up Education for the World’s Most Vulnerable Children

Keynote Video Message: Jutta Urpilainen

Speakers: Alicia Herbert, Caitlin Baron, Gwen Hines

Moderator: Jaime Saavedra

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused abrupt changes in the learning opportunities for millions of children around the world, particularly the most vulnerable, exacerbating existing global learning inequalities. Building forward from the crisis presents an opportunity to rewrite the future for millions of children, including the most vulnerable, ensuring that not only is lost learning recovered, but the future learning prospects are altered altogether. The session will feature a panel of key thinkers and practitioners, reflecting on innovative financing of the recovery – and the future - and how education financing (across national education budgets, households, donors, private sector) can work in conjunction and be most effective in instituting the changes needed for global reform.


Moving Minds Alliance Championing Financing for Early Childhood Development in Crisis. (Debate Arena)

Speakers: Amanda Devercelli, Anita Anastacio, Joanie Cohen-Mitchell

Moderator: Chernor Bah

This session focuses on increasing commitments for early childhood development in crisis, scaling up the financing, policies, and leadership needed to effectively support young children affected in humanitarian and crisis contexts. The discussion will unfold from different perspectives, from the voices of children to the opportunities presented to stakeholders to champion investments and priorities for the young ones in crisis.

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Funding Evidence for Education in Emergencies: How, why, by whom and for whom? (Classroom Hall)

Speakers: Christian Stoff, Gerhard Pulfer, Joseph Wales, Dr. Kuyok Abol Kuyok, Catherine Gladwell

Moderator: Nadeen Alalami

This panel will bring together funders across public and private spaces, who are working to support evidence in education in emergencies. The panel will discuss the rationale for funding evidence for education in emergencies (EiE), approaches to funding research (funding mechanisms, partnerships, design), priorities and considerations, and impact of evidence on EiE policy and practice.

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New Lessons in the Time of Covid: Practical Experience of Non-state Actors Funding Health Interventions Delivered by Education Systems (Future Hall)

Speakers: Carmen Burbano, Carol Karutu, Nick Virr, Sumrana Yasmin, Dr. Sariha Khalid Erichsen, Beau Crowder, Johannes Waltz

Moderator: Professor Donald Bundy

The Covid pandemic has forced the realisation that health interventions are a key contribution to educational attainment. In this session, three major non-governmental organisations share their real world experience of helping governments deliver health interventions through the education system.



Celebrating and Strengthening the INEE Minimum Standards for Education: Preparedness, Response and Recovery (Classroom Hall)

Speakers: Annina Mattsson, Josué Trillos, George Mogga Benjamin, Therese Curran 

Moderator: Jessica Hjarrand 

The INEE Minimum Standards for Education: Preparedness, Response, Recovery represent a shared vision and concrete actions to support our collective goals for Education in Emergencies. Last updated in 2010, the INEE MS are now being updated and strengthened to reflect the changing EiE landscape. This participatory update process will influence the sector for years to come and rewire the future of education. This session will highlight the role of the Standards in supporting education financing, and provide a unique opportunity for diverse stakeholders to input into the update of the Standards

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Funding for Impact: Good Practices & Investment Needs (Future Hall)

Speakers: Dr. Sonia Ben Jaafar, Euan Wilmhurst, Rebecca Telford, Mrs. Mariam Al Hammadi

Pitch Presenters: Najeeba Wazefadost, Lindsey Brown, Rita Bissoonauth, Lauren Lichtman, Judith Flick, Education in Emergencies’ Geneva Hub’s representative

Moderator: Jacqueline Strecker

Join this interactive dialogue where the world’s education leaders will provide passionate pitches on where future Education investments should be directed for Education in Emergencies and Crisis Contexts. Our pitch experts will try to convince you and our renown panel of Investors –on how to best invest for impact.

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High-Level Panel: Education in Crises: Time for a Re-set?

Keynote: H.E. Faustin-Archange Touadera

Speakers: H.E. Colm Brophy, H.E. Awut Deng Acui, H.E. Dr. Tariq Al Gurg, Yasmine Sherif, Philippe Lazzarini, Jan Egeland

Video Messages: H.E. Harjit Sajjan, David Miliband

Moderator: Alicia Herbert

A short, provocative panel discussion exploring what needs to happen over the next five years to improve education opportunities for children and youth in the world’s worst humanitarian crises. Five years on from the creation of Education Cannot Wait at the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, despite progress in some areas, threats to education around the world have evolved. COVID-19 has shown, on a scale not seen before, the devastating impact health emergencies can have on learning. This high-level panel will bring together a variety of voices to consider these challenges and address tough questions about the collective global response.


Pooled Funding to Pool or Not to Pool (Debate Arena)

Speakers: Yona Nestel, Nasser Al-Faqih, Margarita Focas Licht, Asif Saleh

Moderator: Therese Curran

Global funds have transformed the delivery of EiE - connecting education stakeholders to deliver collaborative and rapid responses for children and youth affected by crises. Join us to discuss the benefits and challenges and how we can work together to ensure global funds continue to achieve maximum impact in communities.


Connected Education for Refugees Challenge (Future Hall)

Speakers: Khaled Khalifa, Jessy Inga, Dubai Cares representative, Rebecca Telford, Yasmine Sherif, UNESCO representative, UNICEF representative

This event will support the launch of the Refugee Connected Education Challenge, which will work with governments and education actors to make strong commitments to help narrow the growing digital divide faced by displaced learners. We need to ensure that schools that host refugees, and forcibly displaced students, are prioritized and meaningfully included in global and national digital education and connectivity efforts.

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Championing Financing for Early Childhood Development in Crisis.

Moderator: Chernor Bah, CEO and Co-Founder, Purposeful


  • Amanda Devercelli, Global Lead for Early Childhood Development, World BankAnita Anastacio, Initiative Lead The LEGO Foundation and MMA Steering Group Member
  • Joanie Cohen-Mitchell , Division Chief of the Center for Education, USAID
  • Jessica Hjarrand, Global Programme Manager, Education in Displacement, Early Childhood Development

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Education in Crisis: Time to Re-set?

Moderator: Alicia Herbert, Gender Equality Envoy and Director of Education, Gender and Equalities, UK FCDO   
Speaker Panel:   

  • Yasmine Sherif, Director, Education Cannot Wait  
  • H.E. Dr. Tariq Al Gurg, CEO and Vice-Chairman, Dubai Cares   
  • Dr. Kuyok Abol Kuyok, Undersecretary of The Ministry of General Education and Instruction, South Sudan  
  • Philippe Lazzarini, Commissioner-General, The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (virtual)   
  • Jan Egeland, Secretary General, The Norwegian Refugee Council (virtual)   

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Pooled Funding to Pool or Not to Pool

Moderator: Therese Curran, Regional Education Advisor, NRC


  • Yona Nestel, Inclusive Quality Education Lead, Plan International Canada
  • Nasser Al-Faqih, Chief Strategic Partnerships, Education Cannot Wait (ECW)
  • Margarita Focas Licht, Manager Effective Partnerships, Global Partnership for Education (GPE)
  • Asif Saleh, Executive Director, BRAC

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Prerecorded Sessions

Combining “old” and “new” evidence to create and scale-up innovative post-COVID education solutions

Speakers: Rachel Glennerster, Kwame Akyeampong

Covid-19 shuttered schools for over 1.6 billion children at the height of the pandemic. Covid-caused school closures threaten to exacerbate a pre-existing “learning crisis” where many students were in school but learning very little even pre-pandemic. Analysis of past long-term school closures shows that large, and potentially permanent learning losses can result. Some pre-existing learning inequities have also increased due to lack of access to technology for distance learning by some groups, and other causes. As schools are reopening, and often working in an environment of tight budgets, making smart education policy decisions that are based on evidence and cost-effectiveness is more important than ever for governments. Equally, governments are trying to explore innovative solutions that will allow students not just to catch up but also thrive and reach their full potential. The forthcoming paper by the Global Education Evidence Advisory Panel (GEEAP advises how education policy makers and funders of education programs can take advantage of what we know about cost-effective education solutions combined with additional evidence gathered during COVID to develop recommendations with new and innovative evidence-based solutions. The video will provide a short introduction to the forthcoming paper.



Reimagining Education in Emergencies: Lessons from research in three crisis-affected countries

Speakers: Douha Boulares, MPA, Ha Yeon Kim, Ph.D., Lindsay Brown, Ph.D.

The main goal of this event is to engage audience in a discussion on the effective ways to support children’s learning and development in conflict- and crisis-affected contexts. Based on actionable evidence generated from the three humanitarian educational programming contexts (with Syrian refugee children in Lebanon, Boko Haram-affected children in Niger, and children living through multiple and protracted crises in Sierra Leone)—as a part of a larger 3EA initiative and funded by Dubai Cares E-Cubed Research Envelope, three short and engaging TED-talk-style presentations will be given by the researchers at Global TIES for Children. All presentations will be pre-recorded. The proposed topics include: a. A journey into a day of a refugee child: Risks, struggles, and hope b. Path to recovery and resilience: How to support refugee children’s needs, challenges, and pathways for learning and thriving c. Eyes on the process—beyond access: Role of teachers and implementation of education programming and lessons for the future.

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