Peacebuilding, education and advocacy in conflict-affected contexts programme: UNICEF 2013 annual consolidated report

In 2013, the programme reached approximately 363,083 people, including children and youths, community members, educators, government officials, partners and UNICEF staff. 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/or participation in peacebuilding programmes such as peace clubs. A total of 4,744 teachers and educators in conflict-affected regions were trained 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, and 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 youth in conflict-sensitive education in areas affected by conflict.