March 15, 2016
Written by Amy West and Hannah Ring, of AIR
The number of people displaced by war, persecution, or violence has reached its highest point since World War II. According to the most recent United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) estimate, there are 60 million refugees and internally displaced people in the world today.
Teachers are a critical resource for children in refugee and emergency settings, yet few studies have examined what motivates or demotivates teachers, especially in refugee and emergency contexts.
This article explores the key findings from field research conducted in Algeria and Ethiopia by AIR as part of a study for the UNHCR, finding that cost-effective policies and technical responses that begin to address teacher retention challenges will affect student achievement, reinvigorate teaching forces, and attract new teachers to serve in even the most difficult contexts.