Moving Minds Alliance

January 2020 Newsletter

A quarterly compilation of the latest news and resources on early childhood in crisis and displacement

In this issue
Featured Resources
Additional Resources
Webinars & Multimedia

News Digest
Events & Opportunities

Highlights from the Global Refugee Forum

Sesame Workshop

At First-Ever Global Refugee Forum, Early Learning Rises to the Top

Sesame Workshop, Dec 2019
Sherri Westin, President of Global Impact and Philanthropy at Sesame Workshop, reflects on the collective effort at last month's Global Refugee Forum to make early childhood development a top priority in humanitarian response. Read the blog post >
Credit: Steve Hide, Colombia

Issue Brief: Supporting the Youngest Refugees and Their Families

Moving Minds Alliance, Dec 2019
To support advocacy at the Global Refugee Forum, Moving Minds released a new issue brief making the case for increasing supports for young children and caregivers in crisis and displacement. Read the brief >
Nektarios Stellakis, University of Patras

Presentation: Early Childhood Education Program on the Greek Islands

Nektarios Stellakis, University of Patras, Dec 2019
This presentation was delivered at the Global Refugee Forum Speaker's Corner. The program provides preschool for children age 4-6 in refugee centres on five Aegean Islands (Leros, Samos, Chios, Lesvos, Kos).
Access the presentation >

Messages of Hope

The LEGO Foundation, Dec 2019
To raise awareness of humanitarian crises in East Africa, the LEGO Foundation hosted Learning through Play events in New York, London, Copenhagen and Geneva, where visitors were encouraged to write, draw and share messages of hope for the children of East Africa.
Watch the video >

Featured Resources

Young Children and Families in Crisis and Displacement

Bernard van Leer Foundation, Dec 2019
A collection of articles on the early years in crisis and displacement by the Arab Resource Collective, BRAC, iACT, IRC, Sesame Workshop and UNESCO, previously published in Early Childhood Matters between 2015 and 2019. Read the compilation >

Children Uprooted in the Caribbean

UNICEF, Dec 2019
This child alert takes stock of the link between a changing climate, extreme weather events and forced displacement of children and families in the 29 Small Island Developing States in the Caribbean. It also outlines child-sensitive actions under way to protect children and families. Read the report >
Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action

Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action

Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, Oct 2019
Developed in consultation with 1,900 individuals from 85 agencies and 82 countries, the new edition of the CPMS strengthens the emphasis on principles, evidence and prevention, and includes early childhood as a cross-cutting issue. Read the handbook >
Children Journal

Children on the Move: The Health of Refugee, Immigrant and Displaced Children

Children, Oct 2019
A Special Issue of Children examines in detail the health and well-being of children experiencing migration as refugees, immigrants, and internally displaced. The papers explore a variety of acute and chronic health conditions as well as mental health. 
Read the special issue >
Routledge, Sweta Shah

Early Childhood Development in Humanitarian Crises: South Sudanese Refugees in Uganda

Routledge, Sep 2019
This book by Sweta Shah provides an analysis of ECD in South Sudanese refugee camps in Uganda, making the case for the design and implementation of programmes for ECD in emergency situations.
Learn more >
Save the Children

Road to Recovery: Responding to children's mental health in conflict

Save the Children, Sep 2019
Save the Children estimates that more than 24 million children affected by conflict today will require mental health support. This paper sets out the scale of mental health effects on children living in conflict and the role of education in responding to them. Read the paper >

Additional Resources

Gender, Parenthood and Feelings of Safety in Greek Refugee Centres Journal of Refugee Studies, Jan 2020

Mindful Learning: Early Childhood Care and Development for Refugee Children in Tanzania Journal on Education in Emergencies, Dec 2019

When children remember: A history of the Tutsi genocide through the eyes of children (1994–2006) International Review of the Red Cross, Dec 2019

Promoting child-friendly approaches in the area of migration - Standards, guidance and current practices Council of Europe, Dec 2019

Are We Not Human? Denial of Education for Rohingya Refugee Children in Bangladesh Human Rights Watch, Dec 2019

Birth Registration for Every Child by 2030: Are we on track? UNICEF, Dec 2019

Sea-change in reproductive health in emergencies: how systemic improvements to address the MISP were achieved Reproductive Health Matters, Dec 2019

Protocol of a longitudinal study on the specific needs of Syrian refugee families in Switzerland BMC International Health and Human Rights, Dec 2019

Pulling Back the Curtain: What do non-funders think are the key challenges, needs, gaps and opportunities in supporting children and young people in adversity? Elevate Children Funders Group, Dec 2019

The Trauma of Trump's Family Separation and Child Detention Actions: A Children's Rights Perspective Washington Law Review, Nov 2019

Defending the ‘right to the city’: how cities include migrants and refugees in and through education UNESCO GEMR, Nov 2019

Supporting maternal mental health of Rohingya refugee women during the perinatal period to promote child health and wellbeing: a field study in Cox’s Bazar Intervention, Nov 2019

Child-centred, cross-sectoral mental health and psychosocial support interventions in the Rohingya response: a field report by Save the Children Intervention, Nov 2019

The Effect of Early Childhood Education and Care Services on the Social Integration of Refugee Families DIW Berlin, Nov 2019

Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty UN, Nov 2019

The D-score: a metric for interpreting the early development of infants and toddlers across global settings BMJ Global Health, Nov 2019

Strengthening Child Protection Systems: Guidance for country offices Save the Children UK, Nov 2019

World Migration Report 2020 International Organization for Migration, Nov 2019

Arab States Migration, Displacement and Education: Building bridges, not walls UNESCO GEMR, Nov 2019

Twice Invisible: Accounting for Internally Displaced Children's Needs Internal Displacement Monitoring Center, Nov 2019
Policy Brief: Mental Health in Humanitarian Emergencies Bernard van Leer Foundation and United for Global Mental Health, Nov 2019

Trauma at the Border: The Human Cost of Inhumane Immigration Policies US Commission on Civil Rights, Oct 2019

Ghana Early Childhood Development: Learning Report Maternal and Child Survival Program, Oct 2019

Refugee and Asylum-Seeking Children: Interrupted Child Development and Unfulfilled Child Rights Children, Oct 2019

Cross-Border Protection of Children on the Move in East and Southern Africa: A quick reference guide for bilateral coordination Save the Children, Oct 2019

Engaging Men to Support the Resilience of Syrian Refugee Children and Youth in Lebanon Children and Peace (chapter), Oct 2019

Toxic Stress: Issue Brief on Family Separation and Child Detention Harvard Center on the Developing Child, Oct 2019

Identifying research priorities for psychosocial support programs in humanitarian settings Global Mental Health, Oct 2019

Promoting early childhood development after forced displacement: Refugee children’s needs and the potentials of childcare-based interventions Julian Busch (dissertation), Oct 2019

Durable Solutions for Returnee Children Forced Migration Review, Oct 2019

Armed conflict and maternal mortality: A micro-level analysis of sub-Saharan Africa, 1989–2013 Social Science & Medicine, Oct 2019

Syria Profile of the Epidemiology and Management of Early Childhood Caries Before and During the Time of Crisis Frontiers in Public Health, Sep 2019

Access to education for refugee and migrant children in Europe UNHCR, UNICEF and IOM, Sep 2019

The importance of early childhood in addressing equity and health literacy development in the life-course Public Health Panorama, Sep 2019

Safe Haven - The Needs of Refugee Children Arriving in Ireland Through the Irish Refugee Protection Programme: An Exploratory Study Children's Rights Alliance, Sep 2019

Manual on Community-Based Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergencies and Displacement IOM, Sep 2019

Water Under Fire: Emergencies, development and peace in fragile and conflict-affected contexts UNICEF, Aug 2019

Parenting and discipline in post-conflict Sierra Leone Child Abuse & Neglect, Aug 2019

High rates of maternal depression amongst Syrian refugees in Lebanon - a pilot study Scientific Reports, Aug 2019

Long-Term Impact of Parental Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms on Mental Health of Their Offspring After the Great East Japan Earthquake Frontiers in Psychiatry, Jul 2019

Webinars & Multimedia

Play Matters

LEGO Foundation, Dec 2019
The LEGO Foundation announced an award of $100 million to a consortium led by the IRC to promote play-based, early learning solutions for pre-primary and primary school children impacted by humanitarian crises in East Africa. Read the press release > 
Watch the video >

The youngest Syrian refugees learn through play

IRC, Dec 2019
In Jordan, the IRC trains Syrian refugees to support early learning through play with the "Reach Up and Learn" program, which helps refugee and host children age six months to two-and-a-half years build confidence and skills. Watch the video >

How the Muppets Are Teaching Children to Cope with Emotions

60 Minutes, Nov 2019
60 Minutes visited Azraq refugee camp and the set of Ahlan Simsim to learn about Sesame Workshop's new locally produced show created to help young Syrian children cope with the trauma associated with extended displacement. Watch the segment >
Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion

Podcast: What's Best for Children's Nationality

Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion / UNICEF, Oct 2019
A six-part podcast series to build knowledge on childhood statelessness by exploring good practices in the field with examples, challenges, and successes from real-life settings. Listen to the podcast >
National Human Developoment Conference

Keynote: Why and how to invest in early childhood development?

National Initiative for Human Developoment, Sep 2019
Keynote address delivered by Dr. Angelica Ponguta, Associate Research Scientist at the Yale Child Study Center, for the first National Human Development Conference in Skhirat, Morocco. Watch the keynote >

News Digest

What child is this? A refugee child. International Committee of the Red Cross, 23 Dec 2019

UNGA 74 | Early Childhood Development in Emergencies – What’s New? Early Childhood Peace Consortium and UNICEF, 23 Dec 2019

Providing education opportunities for Syria’s youngest refugees UNESCO, 19 Dec 2019

“The war destroyed our dreams”: Four mothers in Yemen speak out IRC, 19 Dec 2019

World Vision to the Global Refugee Forum: child protection is “non-negotiable” World Vision, 18 Dec 2019

The Global Forum for Refugees must do more on education World Vision, 13 Dec 2019

Trauma can be inherited. We need to understand what we’re passing on The Correspondent, 12 Dec 2019

Our Pledges at the Global Refugee Forum 2019 Save the Children, 12 Dec 2019

“Play is like medicine for my children” - International Rescue Committee No Lost Generation, Dec 2019

Ensuring Vulnerable Children's Rights to Education in Early Years - Caritas Jordan No Lost Generation, Dec 2019

A Beacon of Hope for Syrian Children in Jordan's Desert - World Vision No Lost Generation, Dec 2019

Inside the Colombian ‘war hospital’ treating Venezuela’s pregnancy crisis The New Humanitarian, 27 Nov 2019

Iraqi children born near US military base show elevated rates of "serious congenital deformities," study finds The Intercept, 25 Nov 2019

Meet the New Muppets of Ahlan Simsim! MacArthur Foundation, 18 Nov 2019

US held record number of migrant children in custody in 2019 Associated Press, 12 Nov 2019

Youngest migrants in Tijuana find a safe space for learning at the 'Nest' Public Radio International, 5 Nov 2019

A sense of belonging: New ECE resource expected to help refugee children Education Central, 4 Nov 2019

‘They’re Screaming for Help.’ See Drawings From Children Stuck in Mexico as They Seek U.S. Asylum TIME, 31 Oct 2019

Dreams in a world turned upside down by conflict UNICEF, 31 Oct 2019

1 in 5 Rohingya Child Refugees Suffer Severe Mental Health Issues Voice of America, 30 Oct 2019

The opportunity of youth-led early childhood programs Jacobs Foundation, 29 Oct 2019

Sens. Coons & Blunt, Reps. Fitzpatrick & Castro introduce Global Child Thrive Act Chris Coons, 28 Oct 2019

Achieving successful early childhood education in a challenging context Elrha, 23 Oct 2019

Colombia Pre-K Study Finds That Funding the Wrong Priorities Can Be Worse Than Doing Nothing at All The 74, 22 Oct 2019

An Early Start in the Most Challenging Circumstances Inter-American Development Bank, 22 Oct 2019

The invisible violence of Europe's refugee camps Al Jazeera, 22 Oct 2019
Too little or too much: more than 16 million children are poorly nourished in the Middle East and North Africa UNICEF, 20 Oct 2019

What it's like to bring up a baby in a war zone The Economist, 14 Oct 2019

Trauma training helps Turkish teachers to understand the needs of Syrian refugee children Theirworld, 9 Oct 2019

Rwanda’s radical plan to reduce poverty by harnessing fathers’ love Quartz Africa, 9 Oct 2019

A Simple Way to Make Toilets Friendlier for Women in Refugee Camps NPR Goats & Soda, 8 Oct 2019

Trump’s War on Asylum-Seekers is Endangering Pregnant Women American Civil Liberties Union, 3 Oct 2019

Jordan Hajati-KG2 Programme - Innovative Approaches to Facilitate Access to early education for Syrian refugees No Lost Generation, Oct 2019

How refugees are benefitting from early childhood learning Daily Monitor, 30 Sep 2019

“Unsafe, Unsanitary, Inhumane”: PHR Medical Expert’s Observations at the Matamoros Migrant Encampment Physicians for Human Rights, 26 Sep 2019

Midnight Traveler: a powerful refugee documentary filmed on a phone The Guardian, 25 Sep 2019

The LEGO Foundation Awards Multi-Million Dollar Grant to Education Cannot Wait to Help Increase Access to Quality Learning in Emergencies and Protracted Crises LEGO Foundation, 25 Sep 2019

BRAC's Fazle Hasan receives Yidan Prize Bangla Tribune, 19 Sep 2019

29 million babies born into conflict in 2018 UNICEF, 19 Sep 2019

A Venezuelan mother in Medellin: fighting to survive in the ‘City of Eternal Spring’ IRC, 18 Sep 2019

“For Sama” is a love letter to Aleppo and its people The Economist, 12 Sep 2019

The importance of time in child protection decisions; a commentary on Haddad v Spain Strasbourg Observers, 12 Sep 2019

At a Maternity Center Near a War Zone, 20 Births in One Day NY Times, 12 Sep 2019

Mosul's expectant mothers just can't wait Médecins Sans Frontières, 11 Sep 2019

Briefing: Why women and children are at greatest risk as Ebola continues to spread in Congo The New Humanitarian, 5 Sep 2019

Colombia acts to ensure children born to Venezuelan parents are not left stateless - but there’s still room for improvement European Network on Statelessness, 5 Sep 2019

Pregnancy in the Path of Hurricanes: Remembering Puerto Rico Human Rights Watch, 6 Sep 2019

Why is Early Childhood Development vital for young refugee children? Children on the Edge, 5 Sep 2019

This Bus-Turned-Classroom Is Helping Migrant Children Learn at the US Border Global Citizen, 7 Aug 2019

Events & Opportunities

Workshop on Education: The Global Compact
Dates: 6-7 Feb 2020
Organization: Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences
Location: Vatican City

Journey to Scale: Funding for Scaling Humanitarian Innovation
Deadline: 14 Feb 2020
Organization: Elrha Humanitarian Innovation Fund

Fragility Forum 2020
Dates: 2-4 Mar 2020
Organization: World Bank
Location: Washington, DC

Building Brains Conference 2020
Dates: 6-7 Mar 2020
Organization: Ubongo
Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Speaking the Unspeakable: Trauma through crisis and displacement in early childhood
Date: 12 Mar 2020
Organizations: Elevate Children Funders Group, International Education Funders Group, and Moving Minds Alliance
Location: Online Webinar

Child Protection in the Migration Context: From Principle to Implementation (Executive Training Seminar)
Dates: 28-30 Apr 2020
Organization: European University Institute
Location: Florence, Italy
73rd World Health Assembly
Dates: 17-21 May 2020
Organization: World Health Organization
Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Advanced Course on Childhood Statelessness & the Child’s Right to a Nationality
Dates: 13-17 July 2020
Organization: Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion
Location: Tilburg University, The Netherlands

International Step-by-Step Association Conference 2020
Dates: 5-9 Oct 2020
Organization: ISSA
Location: Belgrade, Serbia

Early Childhood Intervention Conference 2020
Dates: 19-21 Oct 2020
Organization: EURLYAID
Location: Prague, Czech Republic

International Conference on Early Childhood
Dates: 19-23 Oct 2020
Organization: Africa Early Childhood Network
Location: Dakar, Senegal
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