Consultative workshop on education and fragility – Southern Sudan
| INEE | 2011
In early October 2010, the Working Group facilitated a two-day Consultative Workshop on Education and Fragility in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with 45 education experts from Eastern African countries and members of the Working Group. The participants came together both to discuss and analyze education’s role in fragile contexts in order to share the education and fragility approaches developed by the Working Group, gain deeper knowledge of the challenges of delivering education services, and generate strategies to enhance education’s positive role in both mitigating fragility and building resilience. The main conclusions of the consultative workshop were:
- all countries are susceptible to fragility (acute or chronic) in different domains– governance, security, economy, social and environment;
- education delivery is impacted by these fragile situations;
- education delivery itself can impact fragility either positively (i.e. lessening or mitigating the drivers of fragility) or negatively (i.e. strengthening or exacerbating the drivers of fragility); and
- strategies (in terms of policy, planning, programming and financing) can be developed for maximizing the positive impact of education on fragility.
The Southern Sudanese team who participated in the Addis Ababa workshop (led by Mr. Mou Mou, Under Secretary for Education, Science and Technology, and comprising George Mogga, Director for Planning, MOEST; Simon Mphisa, UNICEF; Getahun Gebru, World Bank, and Fazle Rabbani, DFID) expressed an initial interest in continuing to develop its programmatic approaches in the education sector to increase its positive impact on the important transition from a post-crisis situation to sustainable development in their country. As a result, the Working Group in Education and Fragility prepared to provide in-country support in Southern Sudan, through a similar two-day workshop to support local stakeholders to further define context-specific education strategies which can mitigate fragility in different domains, as well as begin to support the transition to a longer-term development path. The date for the proposed workshop in Southern Sudan was set for mid-February 2011 following the January referendum on independence; UNICEF and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in Southern Sudan supported planning and logistics for the event.