Author: UNICEF Learning for Peace
Year: 2014
Agency: UNICEF
Full Citation: UNICEF Learning for Peace. (2014). Peacebuilding, education and advocacy in conflict-affected contexts programme. (UNICEF 2013 annual consolidated report). New York: Author
Overview: The Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy in Conflict-Affected Contexts (PBEA) programme is a four-year (2011–2015) innovative, cross-sectoral programme focusing on education and peacebuilding in 14 conflict-affected countries and territories. The goal of the programme is to build resilience, social cohesion and human security through strengthened policies and practices in education. To this end, the programme focuses on five key outcomes of policy, institutional capacity development, individual capacity development, peace dividends and research. (p. 3)
Methodology: The 2013 Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy in Conflict-Affected Contexts (PBEA) programme Consolidated Annual Report draws from detailed reports prepared by UNICEF country and regional offices, as well as UNICEF section and partner reports. (p. 2)
Findings: All countries have taken concrete steps towards establishing and implementing activities, starting with the conflict analyses. In 2013, the programme reached approximately 363,083 people. Close to 340,000 children and youths were engaged in education and peacebuilding activities, ranging from participation in sports and theatre groups that convey peacebuilding messages and promote social cohesion, to improved access to conflict-sensitive education, and to participation in peacebuilding programmes such as peace clubs. A total of 4,744 teachers and educators in conflict-affected regions were trained or engaged in conflict resolution, peaceful co-habitation, active learning to advance critical thinking skills, or alternative education approaches to re-engage out-of-school youths. In addition, the programme engaged more than 17,000 community members, including parents and community leaders, in a variety of awareness-raising, training, and conflict resolution and peacebuilding activities. Learning for Peace strengthened the capacity of more than 1,900 partners, public servants, government personnel and UNICEF staff to support education and peacebuilding activities. A total of 486 learning environments were constructed and/or rehabilitated in conflict affected regions to provide an immediate peace dividend and engage children and youths in conflict sensitive education in areas affected by conflict. (p. 7)
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