Strengthening capacities for education in emergencies
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) and the University of Nairobi (UoN), with support from Unbound Philanthropy, joined forces in 2009 to create the world’s first-ever graduate program offering an Education in Emergencies (EiE) specialization.
The overarching objective of the project is to build national and regional humanitarian capacity for Education in Emergencies in the Horn and East Africa.
A recent 5-year strategic planning process will guide the next phase of this unique and exciting partnership in its efforts to ensure the following:
- Teaching, learning and research among graduate students and faculty within the Education in Emergencies program are relevant and responsive to the needs of children and youth affected by crisis
- Current and emergent practitioners, including Kenyan teachers, have access to and participate in alternative study and practical training opportunities for the field of Education in Emergencies
Education in Emergencies Graduate Study Program
The University of Nairobi is now offering a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree with a specialization in Education in Emergencies. The academic program for full-time and part-time study begins every October and applications are due by April 30 the previous year. There is a rolling admissions process for prospective students interested in the school-based program (an accelerated study program that meets during school holidays in Kenya in December, April and August).
Learn More: Detailed overview of the academic program, eligibility and application instructions [PDF]
Opportunities for Collaboration
The IRC and the UoN welcome new partners to collaborate with this innovative project. Interested individuals and organizatins can get involved by donating relevant resources for the EiE Resource Center at the University, hosting student interns, providing student scholarships, supporting faculty development and research needs, and funding key activities proposed in the strategic plan, among others.
Concept Note: Strengthening National and Regional Capacity for Education in Conflict and Natural Disasters in East Africa through an NGO-University Partnership [PDF]
For more information about the University of Nairobi’s M.Ed. program and/or to explore other areas for collaboration, please contact Mary Mendenhall, Project Director, at the IRC (email@example.com) and Loise Gichuhi, EiE Programme Coordinator, at the University of Nairobi (firstname.lastname@example.org).