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Podcast #90: Shine the light of education

By Rudina Vojvoda

After decades of reporting on the human cost of war, Janine di Giovanni can clearly articulate the way forward. “We have to shine the light in darkness, and that light is education,” she says in the latest Beyond School Books podcast.

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Podcast #89: Year-end wrap on Beyond School Books: building a peaceful society through education

By Rudina Vojvoda

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Children sit at the Child Friendly Space (CFS) in the Domiz refugee camp in Northern Iraq.

NEW YORK, USA, 26 December, 2013 – In this year-end episode of Beyond School Books, we bring you perspectives on peacebuilding from our guests this past year.

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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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Peacebuilding and Education Events in the Netherlands

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.

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Early Childhood Peace Consortium launched at UNICEF

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Sasha, 5, with his sister Nastya, 4, at a state institution in Kopylov, Ukraine. Six months earlier, Sasha had watched his father kill his mother. Experiencing violence of any kind, early in life, can have a profound impact.

By Pi James and Taleen Vartan

Experiencing violence of any kind, early in life, can have a profound impact. A consortium launched on 20 September seeks to drive progress collectively to sustained peace through early childhood development programmes.

NEW YORK, United States of America, 25 September 2013 – “In every language, there is a word for peace; in every language, there is a word for children,” said Senior Adviser in the Early Childhood Development Unit at UNICEF Dr. Pia Britto, opening the launch of the Early Childhood Peace Consortium on 20 September at UNICEF House in New York.

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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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