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Researching the Impact of School Closures on Children in Humanitarian Settings: A Multi-Country Study


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Participatory Research in Three Countries: Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Lebanon 

This is a collaborative research project led by Proteknôn, on behalf of the Alliance, in partnership with the INEE. National implementing partners include BIFERD (DRC), CINDE (Colombia), and Dr. Bassel Akar (Lebanon). The project is generously funded by Porticus and UNICEF

Phase 1: Secondary research and planning (2020)

Phase 2: Primary research, analysis, dissemination, and advocacy (2021-July 2022)

Phase 3: Global round tables (Fall 2022-March 2023)

Goal: To better ensure that children are at the centre of planning processes during infectious disease outbreaks.


Key Research Questions: In humanitarian and crisis contexts, how have school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic affected:

  • education inequalities? 

  • child protection risk and protective factors?

  • adverse outcomes for children?

The research methods are qualitative and participatory to ensure that the findings are informed by the experiences and perspectives of children, their families, educators, and the social service workforce. They include: key informant interviews (global and national); workshops with children; focus groups with caregivers, educators, and members of the social service workforce; and semi-structured interviews with children.

The methodology is inclusive and rights based:

  • active inclusion of voices of those at the margins of society

  • gendered, intergeneration, child rights-based analysis 

  • target of15% of research sample to be children/adults with range of disabilities

Research participants include:

  • Global and national key informants: 46

  • Children: 292

  • Parents: 105

  • Education and protection stakeholders: 178

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Research Reports
CYP Outputs

Art Gallery and Research Outputs by Children and Young People

Throughout this research project, we captured children's experiences and perspectives through the use of art!


Explore each gallery below by clicking on the arrow on the right-hand side of the photo or by clicking on the photo itself to expand the gallery to entre full-screen and see the description in full. 


Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)


Colombia and Nicaragua