INEE Task Teams

Adolescents and Youth Task Team

The INEE Adolescent and Youth Task Team (AYTT) is composed of committed individuals from UN agencies, international and national NGOs, practitioners, researchers and policy makers who work collaboratively on technical tasks to ensure a coordinated, expanded and evidence-based response to the educational rights, needs and aspirations of adolescents and youth affected by crisis.

In crisis contexts, education and training play a critical role in creating an environment where all young people can develop a sense of agency and purpose, gain livelihood skills and become actors for peace and stability. And yet, all too often, even where education is available in emergencies, most programs target younger primary-aged children, with too little investment in the developmental and protection rights and needs of youth.

The INEE Adolescent and Youth Task Team aims to fill this critical gap considering that:

Tom Peyre-CostaNRC
Students playing during morning break. Iraq, 2018. © Tom Peyre-Costa, NRC
  • 1.8 of the world’s 7 billion people are adolescents and youth aged 10-24, that is more than 1 in 4 persons worldwide, 1 in 3 in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • In 2010, there were still 122 million people between 15 and 24 years of age - 74 million women and 48 million men - who were unable to read and write a short, simple statement about their everyday life. The great majority of these youth live in Southern Asia (62 million) and sub-Saharan Africa (45 million).

  • Only 55% of secondary-school-age children go to secondary school in developing countries, this figures is as low as 28% in the least developed countries (2007-2010 figures). In Africa, only about 1 out of 3 children of secondary school age actually attends secondary school.

The Task Team’s workplan focuses on the following objectives:

  • Advocacy
  • Knowledge management and technical capacity
  • Resources for All
  • Inter-agency and inter-sectoral coordination


The INEE Adolescent and Youth Task Team is open to anyone who is interested in education for youth in crisis contexts. If you are interested in participating in this Task Team, please send an introductory email to the AYTT email address and indicate your interest. If you are interested in this work but are not yet a member of INEE, please join us -


  • Minna Peltola (Finn Church Aid)
  • Rachael Reilly (Women’s Refugee Commission)
  • Catherine Gladwell (Refugee Support Network)
  • Jennifer Roe (RET)
  • Caroline Schmidt (GIZ)

Contact the AYTT conveners at