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Education in Emergencies

September 24 - October 28


With more than 33 million children living in conflict-affected countries, and hundreds of thousands of families displaced by natural disasters and climate change-induced crises, education in emergencies is indispensable to achieving the goal of ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education for all. Responding to the educational needs of children and adults in emergency settings require a progressive professionalization of the workers in the sector.

The Education in Emergencies course provides aid workers with the intellectual tools needed to design and implement educational projects, from the emergency phase to post-conflict situations — emphasizing the mechanisms required to ensure protection and improve the quality of education during and after humanitarian crises. This course also focuses on the main challenges children face during forced displacement, from child recruitment to food security, and equips participants with knowledge of how to cater to the educational needs of the most vulnerable.

This course s also a week-long elective course for the IDOHA and IDMHA module for students of the Master of Arts in International Humanitarian Action (MIHA).


In this five-day intensive course, participants will learn how to effectively craft and implement educational projects in areas affected by disaster or conflict. Students will examine current and past educational projects, conduct in-depth analysis of existing standards and examine program initiatives implemented by leading nongovernmental organizations.

Participants will engage in lectures, guided readings, discussions and small-group sessions to delve into the key components required to ensure a quality education in emergencies from a multisectoral approach.

Key Topics

•    Education focus of the Global Compact on Refugees and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
•    Designing and implementing quality educational projects in fragile contexts
•    Formal and non-formal education for the displaced
•    Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) Minimum Standards for Education
•    Education in Emergencies and Cash Transfer Programming
•    Challenges faced by children associated with armed forces and marginalized youth
•    Nutrition and children
•    Child protection and well-being
•    Inclusion in education
•    Gender issues regarding access to education


The Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) was created at Fordham University in December 2001 to forge partnerships with relief organizations, offer rigorous academic and training courses at the graduate and undergraduate level, host symposia, and publish books relating to humanitarian affairs. Recognizing the need for a universally accepted basic standard of training for all humanitarian workers, the IIHA holds numerous training courses to accommodate the needs and schedules of humanitarian professionals around the world.

The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international Catholic organization with a mission to accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. JRS specializes in providing education in emergencies in response to humanitarian crises in Africa, South East Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.


All participants are required to have a university degree. Participants must be fluent in English, as the course is conducted only in English. The Course is targeted to Humanitarian practitioners and workers of the social sector interested in education.

Course Directors

Gonzalo Sánchez-Terán
Deputy Humanitarian Programs Director
Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation (CIHC)

Nadezhna Castellano
Education in Emergencies Specialist


Students can take each of our short courses for academic credit, or they can choose to receive no academic credit for their participation.

For those who wish to receive academic credit, the tuition for each short course is $1,600 USD*. There is an additional student fee of $293 USD charged once per semester. Thus, the total cost for one short course would be $1,893 USD and if a second course is taken within the same semester, the cost of the second course would be $1,600 USD. Upon successful completion of each course, participants are entitled to 2 academic credits through Fordham University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). These credits are accepted towards our MIHA program or can be applied to the MIHA program at a later time if you wish to apply in the future; the credits may also be accepted by other academic institutions. Students seeking academic credit will be required to submit a research paper (1,400-1,600 words) due one month after the conclusion of the course in accordance with the guidelines provided by the IIHA Senior Fellow. For those who do not wish to receive formal academic credit, the tuition for each short course has been reduced to $915 USD. Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance for the program but will receive no formal academic recognition. The choice to receive academic credit must be made before the course begins and cannot be upgraded at a later date.

The program cost includes the tuition and coffee breaks. It does not include accommodation, meals, or transportation costs.

Apply Now

To apply for the Master in International Humanitarian Action (MIHA):

  • Create an application
  • Select “Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.”
  • Select “Masters in Humanitarian Action”

To apply to the Advanced Certificate in International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA):

  • Create an application
  • Select “Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.”
  • Select “Advanced Certificate in International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance”
  • Select either Spring, Summer or Fall

To apply to the Advanced Certificate in International Diploma in Operational Humanitarian Assistance:

  • Create an application
  • Select “Graduate School of Arts and Sciences”
  • Select “Advanced Certificate in International Diploma in Operational Humanitarian Assistance”

To apply to the Advanced Certificate in International Diploma in the Management of Humanitarian Action:

  • Create an application
  • Select “Graduate School of Arts and Sciences”
  • Select “Advanced Certificate in International Diploma in the Management of Humanitarian Action”

To apply to an IIHA short course or professional training:

  • Create an application
  • Select “Graduate School of Arts and Sciences”
  • Select “International Humanitarian Action”
  • Select “Non Degree/Non Matriculated”
  • Indicate the desired course(s) on form.

Any questions regarding the application process may be directed to Ellen Bratina.



September 24
October 28
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