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Educators as first-responders: how locally-led humanitarian action is key to ensuring children aren’t left behind

Presentation Description

After a humanitarian crisis, education is often the first service to be suspended and the last to be restored, but is consistently cited as a top priority.  

During the COVID-19 pandemic, school closures affected over 90% of the worlds’ students, severely impacting marginalized communities. In some contexts COVID-19 further exacerbated existing humanitarian needs, and in others a new humanitarian disaster compounded the pandemic. The long-term consequences of this global learning loss could be irreversible.


While international relief organizations play a major role in supporting continued learning in emergencies, investing in locally-led organizations is fundamental to address this issue. 
Teach For All is a global network of 59 independent locally-led NGOs that are united by a shared purpose to develop collective leadership to ensure all children can fulfill their potential. Across the network, partner organizations have seen that it’s been the leadership development of local educators and community members that has inspired innovations to ensure the safety of children and continuity of learning, even with the additional challenges presented by the pandemic.

In this session, moderated by Dr Randa Grob-Zakhary, CEO of Insights for Education, Teach For Lebanon’s CEO Salyne El Samarani, will share how they ensured Syrian refugee children could access learning during COVID-19 and in the aftermath of the Beirut explosion. The CEO of Teach For the Philippines Clarissa Delgado will share how teachers have been supporting students and families affected by recent typhoons. Teach For Armenia’s CEO Larisa Hovannisian will share how the organization is providing education and psychosocial support to displaced children, affected by the Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict, and trauma training for their teachers.

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