The following models are being used to implement NRC's education activities:
- Catch-up Programs: 8-10 months of intensive schooling for 9-14 (or 12-17) to enter the formal system and complete primary school. (TEP in Burundi and DR Congo, Passerelle in Ivory Coast, Learning Circles in Colombia)
- Accelerated Learning Programs (ALPs): For the over-aged to complete formal primary school in half normal time. (Liberia, Sudan, Somaliland)
- Youth Education Pack (YEP): For 14 to 18 year-old youth - one full year of literacy, life skills and skills training, and support in setting up a work team or individual income generation project. (Burundi, DR Congo, Ivory Coast, Kenya/Dadaab camp, Liberia, Somaliland, Sudan, Uganda, Georgia, East Timor)
- Community Schools: Run by parents while teacher training and materials are provided by NRC. (Central African Republic, Ivory Coast).
- Training of Trainers and Teachers: Provided through teacher training colleges (Afghanistan, Uganda) or in the normal school system (previously Angola, currently Burundi, DR Congo, Somaliland, Sudan, Uganda, East Timor).
The immediate measures of success will include number of children and youth provided access to and completing cycles of education (literacy, numeracy, life skills, vocational skills), number of teachers provided with training, and number of classrooms constructed. The NRC will also continue to review the effectiveness of our curriculum and approach with each model to refine and adapt it in new settings. Finally, they are committed to also reviewing the degree to which their partnerships and collaboration with local and national authorities over time improves the availability and quality of alternative education for underserved youth.
NRC responds to education needs in all phases of crisis and emergency: acute emergencies, chronic crisis and return and rehabilitation phases. The primary goal of the NRC's education work is to respond rapidly to education needs and thereby contribute to durable solutions for refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and returnees. NRC works to facilitate access to basic education and training, promoting education as a prime protection tool, and providing training or information in conflict management, human rights, reconciliation and peace building.
Their focal point is on children and youth who have missed out on their basic education, providing equal access for girls and boys, and removing obstacles to girls' enrollment and retention. The NRC also works to train qualified or potential teachers within the target groups. The NRC also seeks to strengthen local capacity to meet education needs and provide sustainable basic schooling. The purpose of the education is to protect children and youth from being recruited into armed forces, crime or sexual exploitation. They are also working to address the special information and learning needs of people living in situations of crisis or emergency.
SEEKING: financial resources. As indicated, broadly, the commitments have been achieved, and NRC expects and hopes to have most ongoing projects funded. However, experiences show that cuts are made by some donors, due to funding restrictions.