Case Study: Learning is Their Future – Darfuri Refugees in Eastern Chad

Global position of Darfur region shown around border between Chad and Sudan in AfricaThis case study uses the example of the Darfur refugee crisis to demonstrate how the INEE Minimum Standards for Education: Preparedness, Response, Recovery - the foundational tool of the Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) - can be used as a framework for designing quality education programmes in conflict-induced refugee situations.

The INEE Minimum Standards can be used to design education policy and programming for all types of emergencies, including internal displacement, earthquakes, tsunamis, and floods. This case study, however, only looks at conflict-induced displacement and a refugee camp situation. Even within Chad, there are many emergencies, including refugee and internally displaced situations in various parts of the country, but this case study does not seek to look at all of these scenarios.

The case study uses multimedia to present scenarios of education programmes in the Darfur refugee camps in Eastern Chad, including a UNHCR video called “Learning is Their Future – Darfuri Refugees in Eastern Chad”, photographs, articles and reports. After watching the short clips of the film and examining the photos and other information provided, sets of questions will help you learn how the INEE Minimum Standards could be used in such situations to improve the quality of education assistance.

This case study should not be seen as a criticism of the refugee education response in Chad, but as a learning exercise that aims to improve responses to future emergencies. Responding to such situations is not an easy task because emergencies are complex, resources may be scarce, and the problems needing an immediate response may be numerous.

Aim of this Case Study

Darfur refugee camp

Darfur refugee camp © MK Nobil

This case study aims to:

  • Increase learners’ knowledge about the INEE Minimum Standards and how they can be applied to a refugee situation.
  • Increase learners’ knowledge of why education in emergencies is life-saving and life-sustaining and what defines safe and quality education in emergencies.

Target Audience

Education practitioners, e.g., staff of United Nations agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), community based organisations. This case study has been designed to strengthen the capacity of individuals and agencies working in the fields of education in emergencies and international education. The case study uses education technical terminology and requires at least basic knowledge of education in humanitarian contexts. Specifically, the target audience includes:

  • Ministry of Education (MOE) representatives
  • Donor agencies
  • University students studying education in emergencies

Before you begin

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