Education in Emergencies

S&D conference on "Education in Emergency!"


Education in the Development Agenda was at the heart of the seminar organised by the group of the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament on 26th of May.

Tackling the issue of education in the context of the post-2015 development agenda and of the role of new technologies in education in emergencies, the event was co-chaired by Labour MEP Linda McAvan - chair parliamentary Development Committee - and Italian Socialist MEP Silvia Costa - chair of the Culture and Education committee.

The event gave the opportunity to review the situation regarding the access to quality education in developing countries for the years 2000-2015 and results of the EU stragegy to improve access to educaton, as well as to debate the role of the EU in improving the mitigated results on this period through its development strategy. Although encouraging outcomes have been evidenced, the EU still needs to address the unfinished agenda of delivering quality education for all. Participants also shared examples of best practice regarding the use of education as a tool to overcome emergencies, whether conflicts or natural catastrophes, and give hope to affected communities.

The seminar anticipated the intervention of UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon in front of the European Parliament the following day.

As member of the Culture & Education parliamentary committee, member of the delegation to ACP countries (African, Caribbean and Pacific) and member of the parliamentary intergroup on Children's Rights, this conference was crucial for Julie's portfolio. Ensuring that education is at the heart of the post 2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals and the EU development policy is one of her priorities.

"Education is not given by charity, it's a right for all" - Mr Gabriel El Khili, Education in Emergency Programme Specialist for UNRWA