Earlier this month, UNICEF attended a UNESCO-INEE organized symposium on Conflict-Sensitive Education – Why and How? in Paris with Ministers of Education from around the world. Conflict-Sensitive Education is a key component of UNICEF’s new four-year programme on Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy, supported by the Government of the Netherlands. The “Learning for Peace” programme explores innovative ways to build sustainable peace through education in 14 countries around the world.
Ministers of Education from programme countries including Chad, Liberia and Uganda, as well as the Deputy Minister of Education from Sierra Leone and government representatives from the Democratic Republic of Congo joined the day-long discussion, highlighting gaps in funding and considering best practices to integrate conflict sensitive tools into education policies and programmes. For more on the symposium see the below webstory from our partners UNESCO and INEE. For more information on the PBEA programme visit: www.educationandtransition.org/pbea.
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Children from the Central African Republic, who were displaced by an attack on their village, attend class at a bush school near the Chadian border.
The challenges of providing quality education in conflict areas
Conflict-affected countries called for better strategies to ensure that conflict-prevention is integrated into education policies and programmes and that education is not overlooked by donors and humanitarians.
UNESCO recently welcomed Ministers of Education from Chad, Liberia, Mali, Palestine, and Uganda, as well as the Deputy Minister of Education from Sierra Leone and government representatives from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya, to talk about their experiences of providing quality education during and after a conflict. Together with numerous ambassadors and representatives from the Permanent Delegations to UNESCO, UN agencies, bilateral organizations, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, academia and civil society organizations, they participated in the symposium Conflict-Sensitive Education – Why and How?, supported by Comic Relief, the European Commission, UNICEF, and USAID.