Education and Internally Displaced Persons

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Christine Smith Ellison, Alan Smith
A&C Black, Nov 22, 2012 - Education - 208 pages
What are the barriers to education for internally displaced persons? How can these be overcome? Drawing on research from a diverse set of countries, including the the USA, Somalia, Colombia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the contributors consider the relationship between education and internally displaced persons. These case studies raise fundamental questions regarding the barriers to education and some unexpected benefits for displaced children. The dynamics that impact access and quality of education for internally displaced people are examined and the role education can play in rebuilding societies and strengthening peace building processes is considered.Each case study brings to light a different aspect of displacement including various causes: current legal protection and its implications for government action and practical responses; challenges arising from country contexts related to the scale and duration of displacement; and the role of education in meeting the needs of returnees.

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1 The Education Sector Response to Hurricane Katrina in the USA
2 Alternative Approaches to Education for Displaced Children in Puntland and Somaliland ...
Armed Conflict and Education
4 Legislative Protection for IDPs and Education in Colombia
5 Educational Challenges of Conflict and Floodrelated Displacement in Pakistan
6 The Challenges for Education of Protracted Displacement in Sri Lanka
7 Returnees and the Challenges for Education Reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina
8 Challenges for the International Aid System

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Christine Smith Ellison is a Research Associate in Education, Conflict and International Development at the UNESCO Centre, University of Ulster, UK.

Alan Smith is the UNESCO Chair in Education at the University of Ulster, UK, where he is Professor of Education.

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