Education in Emergencies: Examining an Alternative Endeavour in Bangladesh

  • Muhammad Ishaq-ur RahmanEmail author
  • Bruce Missingham
Part of the Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Issues, Concerns and Prospects book series (EDAP, volume 44)


This chapter presents an example of the relatively new notion of Education in Emergencies in Bangladesh, relates it to existing theory and practice in the field and draws out lessons from applied experience for Education in Emergencies in practice. In doing so it systematically engages with and reviews the international Education in Emergencies literature and applies that knowledge to help analyse and draw lessons from a case study entitled ‘Anondo Biddaloy – Alternative Education for Sidr Affected Children’. The project was implemented by the country field office of an international humanitarian organisation – Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) – as part of its disaster response efforts in the wake of a super cyclone Sidr that struck coastal Bangladesh in late 2007. The first author was a proactive participant in the development and implementation of the project, and this enabled the authors to draw upon his first-hand experience, as well as relevant project documents to frame the ‘Anondo Biddaloy’ project into a useful case study. The paper suggests that helping regain the students’ interest and confidence in education through alternative education arrangements and transition back to formal schooling rather than teaching to the formal curriculum could be a central goal for Education in Emergencies initiatives in a post-disaster setting.


Education in Emergencies (EiE) Alternative education Nonformal education Disaster management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Radiance Community Services NetworkTorontoCanada
  2. 2.School of Geography and Environmental ScienceMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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