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Education and Internally Displaced Persons

Dates: March 2011 to October 2012
Reaserch Team: Christine Smith Ellison (lead), Professor Alan Smith

Through a series of international case studies, a new book ‘Education and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)’ examines the barriers to education for IDPs and explores how these may be overcome. The book is part of a series discussing Education as a Humanitarian Response and will be published in autumn 2012 by Continuum Books.

Drawing on research from a diverse range of countries, including the USA, Sudan, Colombia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bosnia and Sierra Leone, the contributors consider the relationship between education and internally displaced people. The case studies raise fundamental questions regarding the barriers to education and some unexpected benefits for displaced children. Each case study brings to light a different aspect of displacement including various causes: current legal protection and its implications for government action and practical responses; challenges arising from country contexts related to the scale and duration of displacement; and the role of education in meeting the needs of returnees.

Contributors include: Marina Bowder, Lynn Davies, Beth Ferris, Valery Perry and Kevin Watkins.

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