Ethiopia Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies

The INEE Minimum Standards for Education is a global tool and should therefore be contextualized, or customized, to be the most relevant to a country’s local reality as each country context is unique. In Ethiopia, the commitment to the contextualization of the INEE Minimum Standards for Education is made in the course of implementation of the MOE/United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Annual Work Plan 2004 and 2005.

In February 2013, in Adama, Ethiopia, the MOE convened a 3-day workshop, supported by Save the Children, UNICEF, and INEE to contextualize the INEE Minimum Standards to Ethiopia and the different emergency situations that the country faces. The workshop was participatory and inclusive of national and regional government partners, including the MOE and ARRA, as well as UNICEF, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), World Food Programme (WFP), and national and international NGOs. The objectives of the workshop were: 1) to refresh knowledge of the INEE Minimum Standards; 2) to contextualize the Standards for Ethiopia; and 3) to draft the contextualized standards document.

A subsequent workshop to introduce the INEE Minimum Standards was held in Dollo Ado, jointly hosted by UNICEF, INEE, and UNHCR, and a session was devoted to a first peer-review of the draft of contextualized standards from the Adama workshop. These drafts of the 19 Standards that make up the 5 Domains were then written up and further edited by INEE and partners in Ethiopia (in a third workshop, in Addis Ababa). These standards, included in the present user-friendly reference guide: Ethiopia Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies, have been reviewed by the MOE, regional government partners, ARRA, UNHCR and UNICEF and the participants who attended the INEE workshops.