Join the Washington Network on Children & Armed Conflict for an online discussion with experts and practitioners on the role education can play in strengthening social cohesion, resilience, and human security in conflict-affected contexts. The discussion will explore findings from the Peacebuilding, Education, and Advocacy Programme (PBEA) and Research Consortium on Education and Peacebuilding, and share insights from education programs for peacebuilding in Lebanon and Macedonia.
- Dr Mieke Lopes Cardozo, co-director of the Research Consortium on Education and Peacebuilding will share findings from a recently-released report on youth agency for peacebuilding and the role of formal and non-formal peacebuilding education programmes, based on empirical insights from the countries of Pakistan, Myanmar, South Africa, and Uganda.
- Anna Azaryeva Valente, child protection specialist at UNICEF, will highlight how education and other social providers can address conflict factors in fragile and post-conflict contexts, drawing on the final report of the PBEA Programme – a partnership between UNICEF, the Government of the Netherlands, the national governments of 14 participating countries and other key supporters.
- Vilma Venkovska Milcev, Director of the Centre for Common Ground, will discuss Mozaik, an interethnic, bilingual pre-school program active since 1998, which became institutionalized as part of the national education system in Macedonia.
- Bertha Missyadi, education specialist at Search for Common Ground – Lebanon, will share insights from an education program bringing together Lebanese, Syrian, and Palestinian children through after-school English language classes and weekend sports and arts activities, now in its third year, Rainbow of Hope.
The Washington Network on Children and Armed Conflict (WNCAC) is an informal network initiated in July 2004 by Search for Common Ground and the Displaced Children and Orphans Fund of USAID with the broad aim of improving the protection of children affected by armed conflict. Topics addressed include such issues and areas of practice as child protection, education, psychosocial interventions in emergencies, child soldiers, separated children, humanitarian relief, post-conflict development, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding.