The four-year Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy (PBEA) Programme – a partnership among UNICEF, the Government of the Netherlands, national governments and other key partners – is an innovative, cross-sectoral programme aimed at bolstering policies and practices around education for peacebuilding. It focuses on strengthening resilience, social cohesion and human security in conflict-affected contexts, including countries at risk of or recovering from conflict. The PBEA programme currently operates in 14 countries: Burundi, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Liberia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, State of Palestine, Uganda and Yemen.
In October, UNICEF met with the Government of the Netherlands to review programme results in 2012 as well as discuss opportunities and challenges moving forward. On 21 October, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNICEF hosted the Peacebuilding and Education Symposium to explore the contribution of education to security and rule of law in post-conflict states. On 23 October, the IS Academie on Education and International Development hosted The Practice of Peacebuilding and Education, where UNICEF staff presented their experiences on the ground in implementing the PBEA programme.
A multidisciplinary Yale University team has joined forces with these leaders to form the Early Childhood Peace Consortium (ECPC) and participated in its inaugural event in September 2013, at UNICEF head quarters in New York.
This consortium brings together global leaders in effective practice, new and emerging knowledge, finance, media, philanthropy and international policy to create a legacy of sustained peace, drawing on the transformative force of early childhood development (ECD). Its vision is to create a legacy of sustained peace by drawing on the transformative power of early childhood development by building a global movement that values the role of young children and families as agents of change in peace building.
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.
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.”
30 May 2013 – A key component of the Peacebuilding Education and Advocacy programmme will be how early life experiences can set the state for future, positive interactions. Latest neuroscienctific research on early childhood development is rooted in neurobiology, affiliative bonding, parent education and early learning. These latest insights highlight the significance and nature of early childhood interventions and their potential for peacebuilding.
The Ecology of Peace: Formative Childhoods and Peace Building, A Conceptual Framework – SLIDES
By Chris Niles
NEW YORK, United States of America, 14 May 2013 – Gender equality and education will be critical in planning the development agenda that succeeds the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning Amina Mohammed.
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With the international community assessing the gains made by the MDGs and forging a path for the future after the 2015 deadline, Ms. Mohammed has been appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to help create an inclusive and sustainable development plan.