About the symposium

In 2000, Dakar hosted the World Education Forum to take stock of a decade of implementation of Education for All (EFA, Jomtien, 1990) and to draw up a Framework for Action to ratify the urgent need to address basic learning needs.

Even today, in 2023, the operationalization of EFA (Education For All), the promotion of universal education, and the concretization of equity and the inalienable right to education (regardless of living conditions, personal status, and natural and social hazards), still occupy a prominent place in the reflections, debates, and research around education and training issues.

One of these issues (and not the least) is Education in Situations of Emergency (ESU), given the prevailing instability of today's constantly changing world, plagued by complex, multi-faceted crises that are likely to hinder the continuity, or even sustainability of educational action.

The occurrence of these health, socio-political, socio-economic, natural, ecological or human crises places education systems in a situation of vulnerability and precariousness, and calls for rapid, urgent and coordinated intervention to promote pedagogical continuity and educational resilience.

In addition, Dakar is now home to various international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and research institutes working on education in emergency response, offering opportunities for networking and collaboration.

Furthermore, Dakar is a culturally rich and diverse city, with opportunities for cultural exchange and learning that will deepen the overall experience of symposium participants. In this way, this scientific event promotes educational collaboration and the sharing of knowledge and innovative practices in the field of emergencies. In fact, it was initiated by a group of university students, professors, and institutional practitioners, as a follow-up to the United Nations Summit on Transforming Educationat European forum with high-level ESU conference, CIES 2023 (Comparative and International Education Society - Improving Education for a More Equitable World), and other high-level events related to education in 2022/2023, where world leaders, thinkers, and decision-makers highlighted the importance and impact of this sector in the Global Agenda.

The main motivation of this team was to create a space to facilitate discussion between academics and practitioners, to create lines of a network to improve practice and research, and to produce/share/discuss results and innovative ideas relating to collaborative opportunities around Education in Emergencies :

Symposium objectives

The aim of the symposium is to bring together academics, humanitarian professionals, national and international non-governmental organizations, civil society, etc., to accelerate the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 4 on Education. This ambition takes into account the complexity of the humanitarian system and the imperative of strengthening our collaboration (with governments, between different sectors, with affected populations, with development partners...). Education is seen here as an essential lever to guide and support this more global approach.

More specifically, it involves :

  • Raise awareness among policymakers, donors and other stakeholders of the importance of coordination and nexus approaches in education in emergencies, and advocate for increased support and resources for education in emergencies.
  • Foster dialogue, collaboration, and networking between participants to develop joint initiatives and partnerships that strengthen practices, coordination and cross-sector connections in education in emergencies.
  • Explore the challenges and opportunities for coordination and collaboration between education stakeholders in emergency situations, including humanitarian organizations, government agencies and local communities.
  • Share and discuss research and case studies on the impact of coordination, innovation, and cross-sector connections on education in emergency response.
  • Map, share and capitalize on best practices and innovative approaches to establish strong links and networks between EiE sectors and practitioners, as well as with the humanitarian and development nexus.
  • Consider opportunities for optimizing EiE institutional arrangements as coordinated systems of decision-making players, actions, instruments, communications, networks and budgetary resources.
  • Consider opportunities for optimizing EiE curricular and didactic arrangements as systems of educational actors, learning programs and materials, curricular content, and pedagogical practices.

How to make the most of the Symposium

  • Networking: The Symposium brings together a wide range of participants from diverse backgrounds, including academics, students, researchers, humanitarians, and representatives of civil society. This event offers an excellent opportunity to make contacts, share ideas, discuss important issues and challenges, and develop workable solutions.
  • Developing your expertise: Listen to speakers present their work in different fields. There's always new information to learn. Motivate yourself to expand your knowledge and push back your limits!
  • Presenting your research or practical results: Become a speaker and share the results of your research. You can take the floor online or on-site, in themed groups, alongside practitioners and researchers.
  • Enhancing your CV: Attending international education conferences and presenting your work are essential for anyone working in academia. This demonstrates your level of expertise and commitment to your field.
  • Publication: Take advantage of the Symposium to publish your research and advance your career. Sharing your work with the scientific community allows you to contribute to collective knowledge and strengthen your academic credibility.
  • Broaden your horizons: Take advantage of discussions and experience-sharing sessions to broaden your horizons and discover new perspectives. The Symposium brings together players from the world of education who can bring you new ideas, approaches and potential collaborations.
  • Access to resources and knowledge: The Symposium often provides access to key resources, publications and research in the field of education in emergencies. Take this opportunity to keep abreast of the latest developments, best practices and new trends.
  • Collaboration and partnerships: Identify opportunities for collaboration and partnership with other Symposium participants, organizations, or researchers. The synergies created through such collaborations can foster joint projects, exchanges of knowledge, and common actions aimed at improving education in emergency situations.
  • Continuous learning: Use the Symposium as an opportunity for continuous learning by participating in workshops, training sessions, or interactive discussions.