The Education in Emergencies Challenge: A MIKTA endorsed initiative delivered by Australian Aid

At the 8th MIKTA Foreign Ministers Meeting in Sydney in November 2016, the Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, alongside counterpart Foreign Ministers from Mexico, Indonesia, Korea and Turkey initiated an innovation challenge focused on increasing access to education in emergencies, particularly for girls.

What is the Education in Emergencies Challenge?

The challenge is a global call for ideas to begin to source new solutions to the delivery of education in emergency situations, particularly focused on girls.

What is MIKTA?

MIKTA is an innovative partnership that brings together Mexico, Indonesia, Republic of Korea (ROK), Turkey, and Australia. It is a consultative forum, aimed at advancing members’ shared interests in an international system that is fit for purpose in the 21st century.

What does “Education in Emergencies” mean and why is this an important problem?

Emergencies have a devastating impact on the structure and effectiveness of education systems in crisis-affected countries. They can trigger closures and disruption to schooling, lead to degraded quality of teaching and cause physical destruction or damage to school infrastructure. Often, in emergencies, children’s education needs are eclipsed by more urgent threats to life such as basic health, sanitation, nutrition requirements and physical security. Girls are disproportionately impacted in these situations.

The 7 winners have been announced. 

The global call for innovations received 382 proposals covering 60 countries. Through assessment by an international expert panel, 7 winners were selected to share in the AUD2million prize pool to develop and test their innovation. 

The winners were announced by the Foreign Minister on 14 December 2017.


Pre-disaster Training for School Leaders and Educators (Centre for Employment Initiatives)

A pre-disaster training program for school leaders and teachers empowering them to assess and take advantage of available resources after an emergency to maximise education continuity and support to children and families.

Inclusive Education Kit Empowering Children with Disabilities (Reach and Match)

An inclusive education playkit for children with disabilities, designed through focussed research and user testing, enabling them to engage with play-based learning in emergency contexts.

Rutindo Schools (Rutindo Schools)

Rutindo Schools demystifies the importance and relevance of maths to disadvantaged children by developing new methods based on existing cultural artefacts to teach mathematics.


Removing Barriers to Education for Refugee Children through Enterprise Software (RISE)

A software tool for humanitarian workers to log educational data, identify barriers to education and alert other workers for action.

Adolescent Girls Non-Formal Education in Emergency (AGNEE) (Save the Children)

AGNEE gives Rohingya girls access to digital content aligned to the national curriculum via the Moodle learning platform through their 3G internet connected tablet/smart phone in their home.


Stand Up: Increasing School Attendance in Refugee Communities (Teach 4 Refugees + Host International)

A mobile app and training program that allows refugee girls facing barriers to education through everyday family duties to match with local community champions who are willing and trusted to undertake tasks on their behalf so they can attend school.

#MeWeSyria (#MeWeSyria)

An education platform for Syrian refugee youths that builds skills in storytelling, self-awareness and entrepreneurship to increase the sense of safety, healing, self-empowerment and the ability to learn.

Introducing the Education in Emergencies Challenge

A MIKTA endorsed initiative delivered with Australian Aid