Training Course on Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies

After taking the “Training for trainers – Minimum Education Standards in Emergencies” at INEE (Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies), two missionaries and representatives of the Fraternity – International Humanitarian Federation (FIHF), Fátima Cavalcante and Anderson Santiago, prepare themselves to be facilitators in the course “Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies: preparedness, response and recovery.”

The training for trainers, which took place via the internet in October, involved professionals that had previous experience in Europe, Middle East, Africa and South America, and was conducted in English by representatives of INEE.

The training course, scheduled to take place between November 11 and 13, will help to teach its participants about Minimum Standards for Education and its purpose, as well as to develop the skills necessary to adapt and apply these same standards when planning, implementing and monitoring programs on Education in Emergencies.

The course, according to Fátima, has designed a solid path to improve the training in the humanitarian field. “More than storing knowledge, it is necessary not only to teach, but also to learn how to learn to discover what is behind every new lesson, amid mistakes and successes,” she affirms.

“The course aims to prepare us for the task of increasing our knowledge. There was a high level of interactivity and it was possible for us to join the group of native Portuguese speakers to debate this next training course,” affirms Anderson.

Minimum Standards

According to Anderson, these courses are an opportunity for those in the Fraternity (FIHF) involved in the matter of Education in Emergencies, to acquire the knowledge needed to act based on minimum standards.

In this sense, Fátima points out that the content of the course, besides counting on an international production of excellence, also addresses the strategic importance of education in humanitarian crises as leverage to save lives.

“To find a more effective way in the lives of people involved in humanitarian crises, the Education in Emergencies needs to build a contextualized perception, interact with many people and organize strategies with the help of people, communities, organizations, governments and national and international entities,” she assesses.

The course, says the missionary, “promoted a precious deepening in the area of improving responses to humanitarian crises.”

Now, the two missionaries, Fátima and Anderson, have finished the last details to facilitate the course in November, that will have three more missionaries of the Fraternity – Humanitarian (FIHF) as participants, among others. “With this course, we are preparing ourselves to share knowledge with the people that act in this area as well, and that might not be up to date with the Education in Emergencies”, says Anderson.

“We continue with new challenges, improving resources, tools and codes of conduct,” Fátima adds.

Collection photos from the Missions Roraima, Colombia and Angola, taken in the period before the pandemic.