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This was one of the hybrid events convened during the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks. These took place from 2 to 20 May 2022, bringing together more than 2000 experts in crisis preparedness and response to take stock, become inspired and build new coalitions.
‘Anticipatory action’ (AA) – encompassing a set of planned and pre-financed measures taken when a disaster is imminent, prior to a shock or before acute impacts are felt – represents a significant opportunity to put in practice the humanitarian-development nexus. It ensures development investments are protected and can respond to shocks.
Anticipatory action, far from being a new endeavor or sector, is an integral component of disaster risk management, adaptation, and resilience. Thus, one of the core elements of anticipatory action must be, without a doubt, education. Considering education as a key component of AA would greatly benefit the provision of basic needs and the path to recovery, as well as providing life-saving educational services.
This technical session allowed participants to assess the opportunities, challenges and available resources facing those who want to make education a cornerstone of anticipatory action. It aimed to promote dialogue, information sharing, and reflection between the anticipatory action and education in emergencies (EiE) communities. It also explored the state of education in AA, opportunities and challenges.
Opening remarks: Frederique Lehoux, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN
Marco Grazia and Mesfin Jonfa, Word Vision International
Leonora Mac Ewen, Programme Specialist, UNESCO IIEP
Lisa Chung Bender, Sr. Consultant on Preparedness, IASC Global Education Cluster & Former GADRRRES Chair in the Education Sector (GADRRRES)
Audrey Oettli, Coordinator, Child Protection in Emergencies, IFRC
Moderated by Amjad Saleem, Manager Inclusion, Protection and Engagement, IFRC