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Education in Crisis


Plan International Ireland & Education Cannot Wait invite you to an in-person panel discussion about Education in Crisis

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A short in-person panel discussion exploring ‘the role of Ireland in providing education to children and youth affected by humanitarian emergencies and protracted crises’

Latest research by Education Cannot Wait shows that 222 million children and adolescents affected by emergencies and protracted crises are in urgent need of education support. This is up from 75 million since similar estimates were made in 2015.

COVID-19 has shown, on a scale not seen before, the devastating impact health emergencies can have on learning.

Climate change is leading to more frequent and severe weather disasters, such as cyclones, floods, and droughts.

Conflict and forced displacement persist in many of the world’s major protracted crises, while new frontiers of violence and instability are emerging.

These trends are putting untold pressures on economies, education systems and international assistance.

This event will bring together a high-profile panel of advocates, policy makers and practitioners to consider the role of Ireland in tackling this pressing global challenge. 

When: Friday February 3rd, from 11am to 1pm. Refreshments to be served from 10:30am in the Courtyard.

Where: The Lecture Room, National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

Speakers include:

  • Moderator: Prof Aidan Mulkeen, Vice-President Academic, Registrar & Deputy President, University of Maynooth
  • Ms. Yasmine Sherif, Director, Education Cannot Wait
  • Mr. Stephen Omollo, Chief Executive Officer, Plan International
  • Ms. Nicole McHugh, Director Humanitarian Unit, Irish Aid
  • Ms. Amy Folan, Senior Education Advisor, Concern Worldwide
  • Ms. Emilia Sorrentino, Education in Emergencies Advisor, Plan International Ireland, INEE Accelerated Education Working Group

Closing remarks: Michael Gaffey, Director General, Irish Aid