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Podcast #87: Peacebuilding through early childhood education

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A boy in Iraq’s Domiz camp for Syrian refugees looks at a nearby school, though he does not attend it. The early years of childhood lay the foundation for future health, as well as cognitive, social and emotional development.

By Rudina Vojvoda

Three experts talk about why integrating peace education into early childhood education has a positive long-term effect on peace.

NEW YORK, United States of America, 19 November 2013 – Evidence shows that the early years of life are strong predictors for individual health and development, as well as cognitive and social-emotional development.

In this podcast, we spoke with three experts who believe that integrating peace education into early childhood education has a positive long-term effect on peace. Kyle D. Pruett is a Professor of Child Psychiatry at Yale University, Michael Evans is the Founder and Executive Director of Full Court Peace – an organization that brings together young people in at-risk communities through basketball – and Siobhan Fitzpatrick is Chief Executive of Early Years, an organization based in Northern Ireland that promotes high-quality child care.

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Call for Entries: 2012 TLS

Compendium: Transitional Learning Spaces

NEW YORK, New York, 7 September 2012 – We would like to invite you to participate in the second Compendium of Transitional Learning Spaces (TLS) in emergency situations for the year 2012. Last year’s publication was a great collaborative success and is accessible here and is also available on the UNICEF website

Please reach out to your contacts and networks and pass on this call for entries and attachments with the following information:

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UNICEF supports enhanced Early Childhood Development in Libya

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TRIPOLI, Libya, 19 July 2012 – UNICEF is supporting the Libyan Government to enhance the availability and quality of Early Childhood Development services to children across the country.

ECD event Tripoli 18 July

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UNICEF Libya Deputy Representative Dr Katrin Imhof, Deputy Minister of Education Dr Suleiman Khoja(left of Imhof), and Ms Najiba Istaita(left of Dr Khoja in blue suit jacket) along with some of her team members at the Early Childhood Development Panel Discussion in a Tripoli school

As part of this support, the Libyan Department of Early Childhood Development (ECD) within the Ministry of Education yesterday held its second panel discussion on the importance of ECD in the development of young children, following a similar event in Benghazi last month.

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Podcast #57: Pau Gasol on making early childhood a priority

‘Beyond School Books’ – a podcast series on education in emergencies

By Rudina Vojvoda

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Pau Gasol, the NBA star and UNICEF ambassador playing with Ethiopian children in the communities where UNICEF supports education, health and protection programs.

NEW YORK, USA, 27 April 2012 – Sixty four years ago, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, education was declared a basic human right for everyone, no matter their circumstances, gender, location, religion, language, ethnicity or socio-economic background. Yet, according to UNESCO, 67 million children of primary school age are out of school and being denied the opportunity to fully reach their potential.

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Podcast #56: Global Action Week promotes early childhood education

‘Beyond School Books’ – a podcast series on education in emergencies

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A girl learns to identify numbers on her first day of school at UNICEF-supported Preschool No. 9 in the Baliqchilar settlement, Azerbaijan.

By Rudina Vojvoda

NEW YORK, USA, 23 April 2012 – Every year, more than 200 million children under age 5 are not able to reach their full potential in cognitive development potential due to poverty, gender discrimination, conflict, malnutrition, inadequate care and lack of educational opportunities.

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UNICEF plans to expand innovative pre-school programme

By Chris Niles

NEW YORK, USA, 9 January 2012 – A quality education is the cornerstone of every child’s rights, yet across the developing world millions of children’s futures are stunted because they don’t have the opportunity to learn.

UNICEF is addressing this deprivation with an innovative approach that aims to remove barriers to success in primary school by giving pre-schoolers the knowledge to successfully enter first grade.

Called ‘Getting Ready for School: a Child-to-Child Approach’, the programme is a low-cost way to provide supplemental education to pre-schoolers, especially the most marginalized.

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