Christian Children’s Fund (CCF) recently co-hosted an Interagency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) Regional Capacity-Building workshop in Asia. The event, held from April 1-3 in Manila, also included UNICEF and Save the Children.
Femia Baldeo, CCF’s Education Program Manager, delivered the keynote remarks highlighting the state of education in the Philippines and CCF's education programs throughout the provinces where we work.
CCF is a member of INEE, which was established to ensure that children and adults have access to quality education in emergency settings. Martin Hayes, Child Protection Specialist, who represents CCF on the steering group, indicated the INEE has had notable success in raising the issue that ensures children’s educational needs are considered in the first-line approaches to recovery during emergency situations.
CCF’s involvement with INEE includes hosting Train the Trainers sessions for staff at the national level on Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies. CCF staff participates in both the steering group and several INEE task teams that contribute to the promotion of quality education in emergency and post-emergency settings worldwide.
As an organization, CCF ensures quality education during emergencies with Child Centered Spaces. These centers give children a safe place to play and heal from the wounds of war or the trauma of natural disasters. They also provide safe environments in which learning can be continued.
“CCF’s Child Centered Spaces are considered an excellent model for non-formal, educational settings that can be quickly initiated on the ground and provide a host of educational and community-based responses in emergencies,” Hayes said. “Providing emergency education through our CCS model is an important component to CCF’s child protection programming.”
CCF’s regional and national offices soon will receive the INEE Minimum Standards Toolkit to be used in emergency situations.