Meeting the Increased Need for Teachers
The first step in developing child and youth protection and development programs, in particular educational programs, in context of crisis, post-crisis and state fragility is ensuring that teachers are in place. During a crisis, the demand for teachers can be high.
What might increase a demand for education in a crisis situation? One possible factor is an increased commitment to educating girls and training young women. Due to cultural norms, meeting the demand for girls‘ education may require more women teachers. There may also be a need to redress other past inequities by recruiting more teachers of a particular ethnic or religious group. There may also be a greater demand for structured programming for children and youth that have been displaced or relocated with few safe areas for play. In order to keep children and youth protected and constructively engaged, and to monitor their well-being on a regular basis, there may be a greater demand for teachers to organize child and youth protection and development programs. In contexts of state fragility, too, a return to peace and relative stability encourages many more children to go to school. As a result, more teachers may be needed than ever before. Young people may wish to return to school during this period. However, youth who have missed years of schooling may not wish to return to formal classrooms with younger students. Youth may prefer accelerated education programs or programs designed to provide functional literacy, numeracy, life skills and/or short-term vocational or skills training and entrepreneurial training. As a result, there may be a need for teachers and youth workers with a range of skills and experiences, including both men and women.
In newly established refugee or IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camps, there may be some teachers with previous teaching experience who are willing to teach. However, due to death, disability, illness, displacement and other such issues affecting refugee and IDP communitites, it is likely that the supply of experienced teachers will not be sufficient to match the demand.