We play a leading role among UN standby partners in education, particularly during emergencies. We work closely with partners to fill urgent education needs in the field and in strategic global roles. Our experts deploy quickly to provide programming assistance and coordinate education responses.
They also help to develop system-wide preparedness by training field colleagues and building national capacity. Experience from various international responses helps us to inform policies and strategies on education in emergencies at the global level.
Nigeria is faced with an emergency rooted in opposition to education. Since 2009, the militant Islamist group Boko Haram has targeted children, schools and educational institutions with systematic destruction of schools, killings and abductions of teachers and students.
NORCAP education experts have worked to mobilise United Nations (UN) and NGO partners to strengthen local communities’ role in protecting children and schools. Safe school initiatives such as fencing projects, early warning and evacuation planning have been part of the trainings given to the communities.