Archive | May, 2010

Child-friendly space helps protect young survivors of Haiti earthquake

© UNICEF Haiti/2010/Van den Brule
The child-friendly space in Place St. Pierre, Port-au-Prince, provides lunch to 120 children, often their only meal of the day.

By Cifora Monier and Jill Van den Brule

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 21 May 2010 – Over 100 young voices rise in harmony to affirm a common sentiment. “Sa ki pa nan espas n’ap voye yo ale,” they sing in Haitian Creole. “Those that do not belong in this space should be out of this place.”

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What is Learning for Peace?

© UNICEF/NYHQ2010-0206/Shehzad Noorani Haiti, 2010
A teacher helps a girl during an arithmetic class in a UNICEF tent school, the village of Jacquot Merlin, near Port-au-Prince, Haiti.


‘Learning for Peace’ – the four-year Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy Programme – is a partnership between UNICEF, the Government of the Netherlands, the national governments of 14 participating countries and other key supporters. It is an innovative, cross-sectoral programme focusing on education and peacebuilding.

Goal: To strengthen resilience, social cohesion and human security in conflict-affected contexts, including countries at risk of – or experiencing and recovering from – conflict. Towards this end, the programme will strengthen policies and practices in education for peacebuilding.

The programme will focus on five key outcomes:

- Outcome one: increase inclusion of education into peacebuilding and conflict reduction policies, analyses and implementation.
- Outcome two: increase institutional capacities to supply conflict-sensitive education.
- Outcome three: increase the capacities of children, parents, teachers and other duty bearers to prevent, reduce and cope with conflict and promote peace.
- Outcome four: increase access to quality and relevant conflict-sensitive education that contributes to peace.
- Outcome five: contribute to the generation and use of evidence and knowledge in policies and programming related to education, conflict and peacebuilding.

Fourteen countries have been selected across East Asia and the Pacific, South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, Eastern and Southern Africa, and West and Central Africa.

Learning for Peace – Advocacy Brief

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In Central African Republic, newly settled nomadic children go to school

© UNICEF Central African Republic/2010/Stark-MerkleinAt the Fraternité school in Yaloké, Central African Republic, Peuhl nomadic girls and classmates watch a hand-over ceremony of books and materials provided by UNICEF.

By Brigitte Stark-Merklein

YALOKE, Central African Republic, 13 May 2010 – Fatima Yadik, a mother of 12 and grandmother of 18, recently settled in the Central African Republic town of Yaloké after 60 years with her nomadic community. Her camp of Peuhl nomads was attacked by bandits who killed all the men and stole their cattle.

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Judith’s Story: The Promise of Education

© UNICEF/2010/ Monier and Van den Brule

By Cifora Monier and Jill Van den Brule

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 12 May 2010 – Judith, 15, lost her mother to the earthquake that devastated Haiti four months ago today. She is trying to live her life as normally as she can but the scars are still evident. Here she tells us about her experiences, hopes and challenges she faces in her own words.

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A Day in the Life: The Promise of Education

© UNICEF/2010/ Monier and Van den Brule


A Photoessay by Cifora Monier and Jill Van den Brule

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 12 May 2010 – Judith, 15, lost her mother to the earthquake four months ago today. She is trying to live her life as normally as she can but the scars are still evident.


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Reporting for children – World Press Freedom Day 2010

© UNICEF/NYHQ2010-0211/Shehzad NooraniA girl smiles in a UNICEF tent school on the first day of classes in Jacquot Merlin, Haiti. In-depth media coverage of issues such as education in times of crisis can ensure the rights of children are protected.

By Pi James

NEW YORK, 3 May 2010 – Every day, despite significant risks to their safety, journalists bring stories from disasters and conflict zones to people around the world. These stories can shape the international response to humanitarian emergencies, and ultimately impact the lives of children.

To commemorate World Press Freedom Day, 3 May, podcast moderator Amy Costello spoke with three journalism practitioners from three different continents, about the media’s role in reporting on education and children in times of crisis.

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