The Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies (MSEE) are both a handbook and an expression of commitment, developed through a broad process of collaboration, that all individuals – children, youth and adults – have a right to education during emergencies. They echo the core beliefs of the Sphere Project: that all possible steps should be taken to alleviate human suffering arising out of calamity and conflict, and that people affected by disaster have a right to life with dignity. [...] The Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies are designed for use in emergency response, and may also be useful in emergency preparedness and in humanitarian advocacy. They are applicable in a wide range of situations, including natural disasters and armed conflicts. In this handbook, 'emergency' is used as a generic term to cover two broad categories: 'natural disasters' and 'complex emergencies'.