Fragile and Conflict-Affected States

Program Spotlight

Children's Literature Festival (CLF)

The 2011 Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) revealed that a significant number of Pakistani children cannot read or write in Urdu at the appropriate grade level. In addition, the Pakistani curriculum often encourages rote learning rather than critical and creative thinking. Inspired by these results and observations, the Children’s Literature Festival (CLF) emerged. The first was held in Lahore, Pakistan in 2011 and since then, eight more events have been organized across the country.

Background on Fragile and Conflict-Affected States

The World Bank estimates that more than 1 billion people live in states affected by fragility and conflict. Children in these states face a number of unique challenges hindering their ability to learn, such as violence, trauma, or a lack of access to safe spaces. In response, many organizations are implementing programs targeted to those beset by conflict and uncertainty.

Reflective of the growing importance of education innovations in fragile and conflict- affected states, the Center for Education Innovations (CEI) has identified and profiled more than 50 programs around the world that have implemented creative solutions to support educational development in fragile and conflict- affected states.

Database At-A-Glance

Click below to read our Database-at-a-Glance report and find highlights from eight common approaches & characteristics across ECD models. Learn about programs focusing on:

1) Girls marginalized or threatened by conflict
2) Bolstering the teacher workforce through training and technical support
3) Building - or rebuilding - basic educational infrastructure
4) A comprehensive approach emphasizing students’ psychosocial and mental health
5) Vocational training to boost employability
6) Establishing community ownership of education
7) Focus on peace building and civic education for post-conflict society
8) Accelerated learning programs supporting the transition to formal education


Children in living in fragile and conflict-affected states face a number of unique challenges, including violence, trauma, or a lack of access to safe spaces that hinder their ability to learn. 

Fragile and Conflict-Affected States Programs in the CEI Database

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