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 session will end with an interactive discussion of opportunities for education to empower children and youth for sustainable peacebuilding. Saji Prelis, Director of Children & Youth Programs at Search for Common Ground and co-chair of the Inter-Agency Working Group on Youth and Peacebuilding will moderate the session.