The Next Frontier for Education in Emergencies

Boy looking at chalkboard in destroyed classroom

September 23, 2019
3:00-4:00pm EDT

Scandinavia House
58 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Reception to follow


Promising Practices and New Directions in Social-Emotional Learning

Education can be lifesaving, particularly in emergency contexts. FHI 360, in partnership with the UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report and the LEGO Foundation, is hosting an event for governments, donors, researchers and practitioners to highlight:

  • The importance of ensuring that education systems address the trauma that many migrant and refugee children face in their journeys to new countries
  • The need for safe, nurturing and responsive learning environments, both formal and nonformal
  • Better training, including social-emotional learning, for teachers who provide psychosocial support to children who experience traumatic events

Participants will commit to supporting promising initiatives and approaches in social-emotional learning that have the potential for large-scale impact in fragile and humanitarian contexts.


If you are unable to attend the event in person, join us for a livestream, available on this page starting at 3:00pm EDT, Monday, September 23.

Event program

Monday September 23



Welcome remarks

Patrick C. Fine, Chief Executive Officer, FHI 360



The Next Frontier for Education in Emergencies

Richard Lui, Moderator, Journalist and Anchor for MSNBC and NBC News



The Challenges of Teaching in Emergency Settings

Rahmatullah Arman, Malala Fund Gulmakai Champion and Chief Executive Officer, Teach for Afghanistan

Deema Hiram, Malala Fund Gulmakai Champion and Program Implementation Manager, Afghan Women’s Educational Center


Learning through Play Presentation

Bo Stjerne Thomsen, Global Head of Research, LEGO Foundation


Addressing Trauma in Educational Settings: Examining the Evidence and Call to Action

Manos Antoninis, Director, Global Education Monitoring Report, UNESCO

Kathleen Denny, Technical Officer, Education in Emergencies, FHI 360

Paul Frisoli, Associate Director, Education in Emergencies, FHI 360


4:00pm Reception
This event is made possible by:

Event Contact

For more information, please contact:
Anna Eisenberg
Senior Communications Specialist
Top photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images