Education in Emergencies: Exploring Innovation, Opportunities, and Challenges

There has been a global increase in emergencies resulting from war, conflict, and natural disasters that have had a dramatic effect on children’s social development. Crises often disrupt schooling and threaten a child’s future as well as a country’s stability. About a quarter of students who do not attend school live in crises-affected countries, where humanitarian aid is often insufficient to provide long-term educational opportunities. 

This panel discussion will bring together a diverse group of experts in education, including direct responders who work to ensure children receive quality education in emergency situations. They will share innovative approaches to providing education, opportunities for further investment, and strategies for how stakeholders can support education in existing and future crises. 


  • Donella Rapier is the president and CEO of BRAC USA.
  • Linda Jones is senior advisor for education in emergencies for UNICEF.
  • Sherrie Westin is president of global impact and philanthropy for Sesame Workshop.
  • Zeinab Adam is senior advisor to Education Cannot Wait: A Fund for Education in Emergencies.
  • Dean Brooks (moderator) is director of International Network for Education in Emergencies.

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Date: September 20, 2018
Time: 6:008:00 p.m.