Unit 3.2 Education in Emergencies


The current situation of frequent armed conflicts, as well as natural and other man-made disasters in different parts of the world has led to a growing number of internally displaced people and refugees who leave their homes in search of safe places where they are offered temporary shelter, with growing needs for aid. Significant numbers of children worldwide are denied education due to the impact of such emergencies. Because of this, education is increasingly gaining the attention of several humanitarian organisations and host countries as a fundamental human right that is part of the aid package, even during the time of emergencies.

In this Unit, you will explore the concept of Education in Emergencies and the set of interventions related to it. Working through this unit you will be able to find practical ideas on the response required in emergency situations and to see how this is closely linked to effective leadership.


By the end of this unit of study you will be able to:

  • Understand the concept of Education in Emergencies and the importance of your role in cases of emergencies
  • Identify and use a set of interventions in emergency in relation to the ethos of the school, communication and security issues

Learning and practice outcomes:

You will:

  • use practical steps to respond in cases of emergencies
  • be confident to bring in a sense of normality to your school activities in cases of emergencies.

Implementation Task:

Produce a plan to maintain the education services considering safety and security limitations in an emergency situation.


Roles and Responsibilities of Head Teacher in Emergency

Evacuation Plan Template

INEE guidebook

Safety and Security Policy Awareness Campaign

manual for psychosocial support

teacher training manual for EiE