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Education for Peacebuilding

The Ongoing Battle for Education. Uprisings, Negotiations and Taleban Tactics

Afghanistan Analysts Network 11 June 2013

10 June 2013 - In this new report, ‘The Ongoing Battle for Education; Uprisings, Negotiations and Taleban Tactics’, the authors Antonio Giustozzi and Claudio Franco explore what has happened since. They found that in the year after the release of the report, talks between the Taleban and the MoE had stalled and the number of schools that were being reopened had started to dip.

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Summer Camp, Healthy Fun for Gaza Children

ANERA 29 May 2013

28 May 2013 - Ahmad has just finished chewing on a carrot, after devouring some fortified biscuits and a container of juice. Now, he said, it was time to brush his teeth with his new toothbrush. “I like my new bag; it has toothpaste, toothbrush and a towel.” Ahmad, along with his classmates at Amjad preschool, attended one of ANERA’s five summer camps in Gaza that offered two weeks of fun and healthy habits taught through games, drawing and painting, theater performances, storytelling and open day activities.  ANERA’s summer camps program for 130 school kids also trained 60 teachers, parents and camp counselors.

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Guiné-Bissau: Ban Ki-moon quer segundo representante em Bissau para ajudar Ramos-Horta

Público 10 May 2013

10 mai 2013. Nações Unidas adaptam missão na Guiné-Bissau para duas fases: restauração da ordem constitucional, com eleições, e consolidação da estabilidade. Ramos-Horta vai dedicar-se mais à diplomacia e à mobilização de apoios.

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In Syria, educating students a priority

UNRWA 30 April 2013

30 April 2013 - Now in its third year, the conflict in Syria has had a severe impact on children’s social, psychological, and physical well-being. The dangers inherent in travelling in war-torn areas has have meant that thousands of youth are denied access to education.

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Russia donates US$ 2 million to UNRWA

UNRWA 22 April 2013

22 April 2013 - For the first time, Russia has contributed US$ 2 million to the General Fund of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). The funds will go towards supporting UNRWA health, education and social services programmes to some 5 million registered Palestine refugees in the region.

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Syrian opposition begins rewriting history in textbooks

Los Angeles Times 18 April 2013

16 April 2013 -  In newly printed textbooks at dozens of Syrian refugee schools, a small piece of Middle East geography has been amended. Seventy-five years ago, Turkey annexed the northern Syrian territory of Hatay against the will of Syria, but maps in Syrian schoolbooks during the lengthy reign of the Assad family have continued to include Hatay inside Syria’s borders.

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Textbooks Hold Seeds of Peace and War

Inter Press Service 16 April 2013

16 April 2013 - At Dar el-Eitam Islamic Orphanage, a secondary school under Waqf (Islamic trust) supervision located in Jerusalem’s walled Old City, Palestinian twelfth graders prepare their Tawjihi (A-Level) in history. On the wall behind the teacher are two portraits of “martyrs” killed during the Second Intifadah uprising (2000-2005).

Simultaneously, Israeli sixth graders from the Eshkol communal villages adjacent to the border with Gaza are in Tel Aviv on a tour of Independence Hall, a national shrine where, on May 14, 1948, Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion read the declaration of independence of the state of Israel.

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Liberia’s Education Minister Calls for Affirmative Action By Educators, Policy-Makers

allAfrica 11 April 2013

9 Apr 2013 - Liberia’s Education Minister, Etmonia David Tarpeh has told a Conflict Sensitive Education Symposium at UNESCO in Paris, France that educators and policy makers need to take affirmative action, with the accompanied needed mobilization of funds to restore dignity and sanity to the education sector for future generations.

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South Sudan To Include Peace In Education Curriculum

Oye! Times 25 February 2013

25 Feb 2013 - The workshop is set under the theme “Using a better understanding context to meet current challenges and build a more responsive approach to education in South Sudan within the frame work of the Naivasha conference action plan.”

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Angola: Realização de um Fórum Panafricano para uma Cultura de Paz, em Luanda

Ministério das Relações Exteriores de Angola 21 February 2013

15 fev 2013 - Este Fórum será organizado conjuntamente pela UNESCO, Governo de Angola em cooperação com a Comissão da União Africana, realiza-se sob o tema “África: fundamentos e recursos para uma Cultura de Paz” e terá a participação dos secretários gerais das Comissões Nacionais da Unesco. O evento está previsto para dias 26 e 27 de março de 2013.

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Former combatants participate in ceasefire workshop

UNAMID 25 January 2013

23 Jan 2013 - 22 former combatants of the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) completed a workshop focusing on the articles of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) and geared toward enhancing the participants’ administrative skills related to the Darfur Regional Authority. The three-day session, organized by the African Union – United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) in El Fasher, North Darfur, included extensive discussions on the role of the Ceasefire Commission, an entity that is stipulated in the DDPD and officially charged with monitoring and implementing a permanent ceasefire and final security arrangements.

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VIDEO: Kenyan Minister says education is the key to peaceful co-existence

Kenya Television Network 13 December 2012

08 Dec 2012 - At the ICQN Workshop, coordinated by the Pan-African Knowledge Hub (INEE and BACKUP), the Kenyan minister for education Mutula Kilonzo says the ongoing conflicts in some parts of the country could be managed better through education. Speaking at a workshop on conflicts and education, the minister said an educated population is a more understanding and rational one and hence would appreciate the benefits of peaceful co-existence. He added that the conflicts are having a negative impact on the education sector in the affected areas and needs to managed in a better way.

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PH military still using schools as camps - study

ABS CBNnews.com 21 November 2012

By Dharel Placido, ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 11/21/2012 2:54 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is among conflict-ridden countries where the military continues to use schools as camps, New York-based Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack said.

In a study entitled, “Lessons In War: Military Use of Schools and Other Education Institutions during Conflict”, the coalition said the Philippines is one of 24 countries where military use of schools and institutions were observed from January 2005 until October 2012.

Aside from being used as camps, the coalition said schools are also being converted into barracks, logistics bases, operational headquarters, weapons and ammunition caches, detention and interrogation centers, firing and observation positions, and recruitment grounds.

Nonetheless, it noted that the Philippines has set up policies in preventing such.

The coalition is urging the said countries to adopt measures that will restrict the military from using education institutions for their purposes, saying the practice deprives the youth of their right to education and puts them in life-threatening situations.

It added that education is one of the potent ingredients in achieving lasting peace in a conflict-torn country.

“When countries go to war, education facilities usually end up on the battlefield,” said Diya Nijhowne, director of the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack.

“Governments need to send a clear message that even during times of armed conflict, access to a safe education should be a priority, and armed forces need to respect students’ right to education.”

The group said there are instances where the military only occupy a portion of a school. In such cases, students become exposed to attacks or abuse by the military and its opponents.

“The moment troops establish a base inside a school, they can turn it into a target for attack,” Nijhowne said. “When soldiers use schools and universities they are often putting their own convenience over the safety and education of students.”

The study also cited high dropout rates, reduced enrollment, lower rates of transition to higher education levels, overcrowding, and loss of instructional hours as the usual consequences of military use of schools.

The Philippines has been dealing with the Communist Party of the Philippines, a group waging one of Asia’s longest-running Maoist insurgency.

The country is also facing threats from groups such as the Abu Sayyaf and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement, a breakaway group of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which has recently reached a peace framework with the government.

The Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) is an alliance of United Nations agencies and organizations from the fields of education in emergencies, higher education, international human rights, and international humanitarian law, dedicated to addressing the problem of attacks on students, teachers, schools, and universities during armed conflict.

The 23 other countries monitored were: Afghanistan, Burma/Myanmar, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Georgia, India, Iraq, Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territory, Libya, Mali, Nepal, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Thailand, Uganda, and Yemen.

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