Conflict and fragility have been identified as major barriers to achieving the Education for All (EFA) goals and Millennium Development Goals (MDG). Over half of the children out of school live in countries affected by conflict or fragility. Therefore increased integration of education for peace and conflict prevention in education policy and programming is critical to achieving these goals and a culture of peace and non-violence. To date, however, resources and interventions have often been stand-alone or ad hoc, and not embedded as part of a more systematic integration within education systems. The promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence through education is core to UNESCO’s mission and mandate. Africa is a priority region for UNESCO and it is also the region with the highest incidence of violent conflict globally and as such UNESCO is seeking to strengthen the systematic promotion of education for peace and conflict prevention in the region. The project aims to draw on the rich resources and diverse experience of UNESCO and others in this field by, in a first phase, comprehensively mapping existing education for peace and conflict prevention resources. The results of the mapping will be available to UNESCO, UN sister agencies and the wider public. The review will, in a second phase, inform the development of a specific package of capacity support for key stakeholders including Ministries of Education, teacher-training institutes etc. in Sub Saharan Africa with a view to strengthening policy and programming.
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