Arab States 2019 GEM Report on migration, displacement and education

Organized by
Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE)
Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report
18 March 2020, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Internally Displaced People

INEE and the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report are pleased to invite you to join us for a webinar on: 

Migration, displacement and education in the Arab States

Wednesday, 18 March 2020, 15:00-16:00 CET (Paris)

Click to access the webinar recording and presentations.


GEMR_2019-Regional-Arab_States-CoverNo region is as affected by migration and displacement as the Arab States. The resulting challenges call for education systems to adapt. They require that states have the administrative, financial and human resource capacity necessary to effectively respond to the diverse and complex needs of these populations – from language courses to recognition of qualifications. This response is vital: education holds the key to preparing and welcoming migrant and displaced populations, strengthening their sense of belonging, and supporting host communities; education is a central part of the inclusion process.

The first regional edition of the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report published by UNESCO, the Arab States Migration, displacement and education: Building bridges, not walls Report analyses the impact of these population movements on education systems in the region and presents a series of recommendations to protect the right to education of those on the move.

Please join the GEM Report and INEE to discuss the findings and recommendations of the Arab States GEM Report with those working on the frontline of education in emergencies. We will take a deep dive into the Report’s recommendations, and discuss the lessons they hold for countries facing similar challenges.

GEM Report’s researcher Matthias Eck will discuss learnings from the Arab States GEM Report, and Iman Assi and Sandra El Hadi of the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Irina Isomova of UNHCR and Frosse Dabit and Caroline Pontefract of UNRWA will present relevant case studies and programs.   

The webinar will be conducted in English and all are welcome to join. Registration is free and easy using the link above. Once you register, a unique join URL will be sent to your email.


Presenter Bios:

Matthias Eck, Researcher, Global Education Monitoring Report 

Prior to joining the team, Matthias worked as an Education Specialist for UNICEF on the Comoros, where he led and coordinated the planning of the Global Partnership for Education country programme and advised the Ministry of Education. As Senior Policy Officer at the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, he spearheaded a major initiative on education and gender (eSkills4Girls) under the German G20 Presidency. He has held various positions at UNESCO in the Education Sector and at the Bureau of Strategic Planning. Matthias helped shape SDG4. He supported the organization of the World Education Forum 2015 and was part of the small team that drafted the SDG4-Education 2030 Framework for Action. He has coordinated UNESCO’s overall positioning and input to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Rio+20 Conference, and supported the establishment of the UN Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board. He has also worked as a Research Assistant at the Department of Psychology at Stanford University. Matthias is author of several academic and institutional publications in the area of gender and education. 

Matthias holds a BA from the University of Oxford, an MA in International Affairs from Sciences Po, Paris, and a PhD on Gender from the University of St Andrews. He has also completed the specialized stream on Educational Planning and Analysis from the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning.

Iman Assi, Project Coordinator in the General Directorate of Education at the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE). Iman’s first job was an English teacher in public school in Beirut. At the MEHE, Iman is the focal point and coordinator for multiple development projects implemented in partnership with international donors. Iman supported in activity design, implementation follow up, and monitoring and evaluation. She worked on designing a framework for School-Based management at public schools. In her own work, Iman is committed to providing access to quality education to all children, especially to the most vulnerable ones. She believes that in “solidarity we can do it”. 

Sandra Georges El Hadi is based at the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE) where she supports the Director General of Education in managing projects and programs in collaboration with local, regional, and international partners. Her role involves close coordination with donors to ensure quality delivery of initiatives in the education sector in Lebanon. Prior to joining MEHE, she worked with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) as the coordinator and researcher of a project on school-based management. Her role included moderating over 70 focus group discussions with principals, teachers, parents, and students, as well as contributing significantly to the drafting of a guideline for School Improvement Plans. 

Irina Isomova is the Senior Regional Education Officer at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Regional Bureau in Amman. Irina is currently working on providing technical advice and support to country teams in the MENA region on development of guidance and approaches promoting the realization of the right to education for children and youth. Through her membership and participation in the regional expert groups on Education, including Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, Irina advocates for education needs of refugee, internally displaced and stateless children to be duly considered in design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation processes supported through national systems, as well as  humanitarian and development stakeholders. Irina has nearly 20 years of humanitarian work experience built through her protection and durable solutions assignments in Europe, Asia, Africa and MENA regions.

Dr. Caroline Pontefract has been the Director of Education, a UNESCO post, since 2010. In that time she has spearheaded a an evidence based,  systemic reform of the UNRWA Education programme and led on an innovative agency-wide Education in Emergencies (EiE) approach. Prior to working in UNRWA, Caroline worked for UNESCO as the Chief of Teacher Education, also for DFID in Kenya, Ghana and London, and for the Commonwealth Secretariat as the Director of Gender, Health and Education Programme. She also worked as a teacher and Adviser in  schools in the UK and Tanzania and as a lecturer in universities in the UK.

Frosse Dabit is the Senior Education Programme Specialist at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) Headquarters in Amman leading on UNRWA’s Education in Emergencies Programme. Earlier, Frosse worked as the Education Core Competency Specialist for the Norwegian Refugee Council Office in Lebanon (2012-2015) where she led on the development and scale up of the NRC Lebanon education programme both for the Syrian and Palestinian response. Between 2011 and 2012 she worked as an Education Programme Specialist, for UNRWA. Prior to joining UNRWA, Ms. Dabit worked for UNESCO as Education Programme Specialist (2007-2011) where she developed and supervised programmes in teacher education and educational planning in support of the Palestinian education system. Before and between 2000 and 2006, she had held several posts at the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MoEHE).