On International Day of Peace, UN spotlights education

By Pi James

NEW YORK, 20 September 2013 – For the first time in the 12-year history of the International Day of Peace, the United Nations (UN) is highlighting the transformative power of education in reducing conflict and achieving long-term peace.

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UNICEF Director of Programmes Nicholas Alipui at the International Day of Peace event.

On 18 September, in a special peace day event at the UN headquarters in New York, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon called for renewed investment in schools and teachers to “build a fair and inclusive world that embraces diversity.”

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Podcast #80: On International Youth Day, young activists share their views on the role of education in building peace

By Rudina Vojovda

Youth activists share their views on the importance of education in laying the foundation for a peaceful society.

NEW YORK, United States of America, 12 August 2013 – International Youth Day is celebrated on 12 August every year to raise awareness about issues affecting young people and to celebrate their achievements.

To commemorate the day, UNICEF podcast moderator Alex Goldmark spoke with three young activists about their understanding of peace and how education can help them build peaceful and democratic communities.

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Peacebuilding and Education


The four-year Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy Programme – designed as a partnership among UNICEF, the Government of the Netherlands, the national governments of participating countries and other key partners – is an innovative, cross-sectoral programme focusing on education and peacebuilding.

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The Back on Track programme on education in emergencies and post-crisis transition countries seeks to address urgent priorities in the education sector, such as the restoration of schooling during armed conflict. It also focuses on the long-term goal of developing the sustainable mechanisms required for ongoing progress in society as a whole.

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Listed below are presentations given at events and key meetings concerning the Back on Track programme and education in emergencies and post-crisis transition.

Note: These documents are for internal use only.

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Concept Notes

This page contains concept notes regarding the overall Back on Track programme, as well as information on new collaborative projects emerging from regional initiatives.

Note: These documents are for internal use only.

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