Moving Minds Alliance

July 2018 Newsletter

Welcome! The Moving Minds Alliance is a funders group and network convened to scale up coverage, quality, and financing of support for the #YoungestRefugees and families affected by crisis and displacement.

With this newsletter we aim to bring you the latest news and resources from the field of early childhood in emergencies over the first half of 2018.

In this issue:
Featured Case Studies
Featured Publications
Additional Resources
Video & Podcasts

News Digest
Moving Minds Launch
Events & Opportunities

Featured Case Studies

BRAC Bangladesh

Case Study: Child Friendly Spaces and Psychosocial Support in Bangladesh

BRAC, June 2018
BRAC has launched several interventions in child protection, mental health, and maternal health to address the needs of Rohingya women and children, including child friendly spaces reaching more than 20,000 children age 0-18. Learn more >
The Baytna Approach in Greece
Case Study: The Baytna Approach in Greece
Nurturing Care Framework, May 2018
Among the country profiles released in support of the Nurturing Care Framework, this case study describes an early childhood care and development program called Baytna, meaning ‘our home’ in Arabic, for refugee children aged 0–6. Learn more >

Featured Publications

Early Childhood Matters - BvLF

Early Childhood Matters 2018

Bernard van Leer Foundation, June 2018
The 20th anniversary issue of Early Childhood Matters includes articles on early childhood in conflict and crisis:
Changing the humanitarian system for young children living in conflict and crisis by IRC
Supporting refugee, internally displaced and marginalised host community parents in the Arab region by ANECD

Time to Act, Save the Children

Time to Act - A costed plan to deliver quality education to every last refugee child

Save the Children, June 2018
The report sets out a costed plan to ensure refugee children get to school. Includes a call for greater investement in early education and for all stakeholders to integrate the Nurturing Care Framework into humanitarian policies, programmes and services.
Learn more >
Healing the Invisible Wounds of War

Healing the Invisible Wounds of War

Save the Children, June 2018
Based on a Wilton Park Dialogue that brought together 50 experts in the field of mental health and psychosocial support, this report sets out a roadmap for addressing the mental health needs of children and young people affected by conflict. Learn more >
Nurturing Care Framework Cover

Nurturing Care for Early Childhood Development 

WHO, UNICEF, World Bank, May 2018
The Nurturing Care Framework provides an evidence-based road map for action and outlines how policies and services can support parents, families, other caregivers and communities in providing nurturing care for young children. Learn more >
Image: Migration Policy Institute

Responding to the ECEC Needs of Children of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Europe and North America

Migration Policy Institute, April 2018
A study of policies and practices in nine countries found that country-wide responses to the ECEC needs of refugee and asylum-seeker children have been "extraordinarily weak," with national responsibility and accountability largely lacking. Learn more >
We made a promise - No Lost Generation

We made a promise: Ensuring learning pathways and protection for Syrian children and youth

No Lost Generation, April 2018
Provides an updated overview of the education situation of children and youth affected by the Syria crisis inside Syria and the five host countries of Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt, based on individual country papers prepared at the country level.
Learn more >
Protected on Paper? UNICEF Innocenti

Protected on Paper? An analysis of Nordic country responses to asylum-seeking children

UNICEF Innocenti, March 2018
This report reveals that despite proper legal and procedural measures being in place, implementation lapses expose many children to significant risks in the asylum-seeking process, as well as critical gaps in protection, healthcare and education, including early childhood education.
Learn more >
A Call to Action - UNICEF, UNHCR, IOM, Eurostat, OECD

A call to action: Protecting children on the move starts with better data

UNICEF, UNHCR, IOM, Eurostat, OECD, Feb 2018
This joint call to action confirms alarming holes in the availability, reliability, timeliness and accessibility of data and evidence that are essential for understanding how migration and forcible displacement affect children and their families. Learn more >
Childhood Interrupted

Childhood Interrupted: Voices from the Rohingya Refugee Crisis

World Vision, Save the Children, Plan International, Feb 2018
In December 2017, a series of in-depth consultations were held with 200 children and 40 mothers affected by the crisis. The findings reveals that fear is endemic, and many children spend their days on high alert.
Learn more >
Reclaiming Dreams - War Child
Reclaiming Dreams: Prioritising the Mental Health and Psychosocial Wellbeing of Children in Conflict
War Child, Feb 2018
This report highlights the need for a multi-level response to MHPSS that works with children and their support networks in multiple spaces and through the delivery of complementary interventions. Learn more >
Born Into War - UNICEF

Born Into War: 1,000 Days of Lost Childhood

UNICEF, Jan 2018
Children in Yemen have been scarred by years of violence, displacement, disease, poverty, undernutrition and a lack of access to basic services. This report calls on all parties to the conflict and the global community to prioritise the protection of children in Yemen.
Learn more >

Additional Resources

Child Protection Case Management Supervision and Coaching Training Package Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, July 2018

Guidance Note on Psychosocial Support: Facilitating psychosocial wellbeing and social and emotional learning INEE, July 2018

Psychosocial support in the Syrian refugee response: challenges and opportunities Humanitarian Practice Network, July 2018

Fostering local partnerships in remote management and high-threat settings: Emerging lessons from child protection programming in Syria Humanitarian Policy Group, July 2018

Can community health worker home visiting improve care-seeking and maternal and newborn care practices in fragile states such as Afghanistan? A population-based intervention study BMC Medicine, July 2018

Syrian Refugee Children in the Middle East and Europe: Integrating the Young and Exiled Michele Pace and Somdeep Sen (eds), June 2018
A faith-sensitive approach in humanitarian response: Guidelines on mental health and psychosocial programming Lutheran World Federation and Islamic Relief Worldwide, June 2018

Beyond Access: Exploring equity in early childhood learning and development Save the Children, June 2018

Implementation research for early childhood development programming in humanitarian contexts Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, May 2018

Exploring Mental Health Status and Syndrome Patterns Among Young Refugee Children in Germany
 Frontiers in Psychiatry, May 2018

Nurturing care for young children under conditions of fragility and conflict New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, Mar 2018

Mainstreaming 2.0: How Europe’s Education Systems Can Boost Migrant Inclusion Migration Policy Institute, Feb 2018

Videos & Podcasts

Ali and the Long Journey to Australia

Ali and the Long Journey to Australia

Written and illustrated by a group of 13 primary school students with refugee backgrounds representing 7 countries, "Ali and the Long Journey to Australia" is a book and short animated film about a boy and his family’s search for safety.
Watch the video >
Ted Talks - Aala El-Khani

Aala El-Khani: How Do You Help Kids Cope With Trauma?

How do parents protect their children and help them feel secure again after their homes are ripped apart by war? On TED Radio Hour, Psychologist Aala El-Khani says parents must play a major role in helping children survive — even thrive — in the wake of trauma.
Listen to the clip >
Sesame Workshop, Harvard University

Elmo Goes to Harvard

Elmo, Sesame Workshop Executive Vice President Sherrie Westin and Harvard Associate Professor Sarah Dryden-Peterson discuss the global work Sesame and IRC are doing to educate young refugee children.
Listen to the podcast >
The Beginning of Life

When Stress Becomes Toxic to Child Development

In this clip from the documentary The Beginning of Life, experts explain how positive interactions with caregivers can help mitigate the impact of high levels of stress, and how society should support families in challenging circumstances. Watch the video >

News Digest

Greece: Asylum-Seeking Children Deprived of School Human Rights Watch, 18 Jul 2018

‘Historic moment’ for people on the move, as UN agrees first-ever Global Compact on migration UN News, 13 Jul 2018

What does the final draft of the Global Compact for Migration say about education? GEM Report, 12 Jul 2018

The Sahel crisis deepens — education under attack in Burkina Faso UN OCHA, 11 Jul 2018

Hidden Kindergartens: The Phenomenon of Unlicensed, Unregistered Preschool Providers RTI International, 11 Jul 2018

Mosul's children haunted by constant fear and intense sorrow a year after the city was retaken from ISIS Save the Children, 9 Jul 2018

New resolution adopted during the Open Debate 2018 on Children and Armed Conflict Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 9 Jul 2018

The enormous cost of toxic stress: Repairing damage to refugee and separated children Brookings, 9 Jul 2018

Formal talks on global refugee compact conclude with strong and broad agreement UNHCR, 6 Jul 2018

ECW Annual Results Report: Over 650,000 Children Reached in the fund's first year of operations Education Cannot Wait, 6 Jul 2018

Mental Health of Children in Australian Detention Center Reaches ‘Crisis Point’ NY Times, 5 Jul 2018
Mothers of Congo's lost children break silence UNHCR, 4 Jul 2018

Women-Friendly Spaces for Rohingya refugees: A place for protection and care UN News, 3 Jul 2018

World Refugee Day, call for good practices on child-friendly procedures Council of Europe, 2 Jul 2018

OECD countries prioritize education to improve inclusion of migrants and refugees GEM Report, 28 Jun 2018

Urgent: Recommendations for the unification of separated children with their families Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, 26 Jun 2018

UN says 6 million struggling to get food in Africa’s Sahel AP, 12 Jun 2018

Could families be the key to achieving the SDGs? UNICEF Innocenti, 18 May 2018

Dubai Cares announces first round awardees for its E-Cubed research envelope Dubai Cares, 2 Apr 2018

SRSG-VAC emphasizes ‘Violence prevention must start in early childhood’ in Human Rights Council UN SRSG-VAC, 8 Mar 2018

The Toys They Carried: Syrian Children Under Siege NY Times, 2 Mar 2018

For refugee children, war zone trauma proves lasting and toxic Financial Times, 21 Jan 2018

Moving Minds Launch

On World Refugee Day 2018, we officially announced the launch of the Moving Minds Alliance. Learn more:

Events & Opportunities

Consultation: Revision of the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action
Deadline: 24 August
Organization: Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action
Location: Virtual

Education and Migration: Young People Need a Future
Date: 6 Nov 2018
Organization: RECI and NORRAG
Location: Bern, Switzerland
Launch of the 2019 Global Education Monitoring Report: Migration and Displacement
Date: 20 Nov 2018
Organization: GEMR / UNESCO
Location: Various

Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration
Date: 10-11 Dec 2018
Organization: UN General Assembly
Location: Marrakesh, Morocco

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