Violence Against Children – Global Spotlight

INEE write about a new report from IRIN on violence against children. This topic has been hidden for too long and since the UN study governments have been challenged and brought to account in light of their signing of the CRC

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Download the study here:

IRIN report :

Between 133 million and 275 million children experience violence at home every year, most of whom live in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, according to the 2006 UN Study on Violence against Children. After her first year in the job, the UN Special Representative on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, told IRIN her major achievement has been to bring violence against children out into the open. Marta Santo Pais will continue on to pursue four priorities in the next two years: to see legislation prohibiting all forms of violence against children passed in more countries; gather more data on violence against children; set up better counselling networks for child victims of violence; and push all governments to follow the plan to eliminate violence against children set out in 2006.

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To learn more about these goals and priorites, click here.


Peace=Future – the International Day of Peace – 21st September

Youth for Peace and Development

Kabul peace activity

The International Day of Peace, observed each year on 21 September, is a global call for ceasefire and non-violence. This year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on young people around the world to take a stand for peace under the theme, Youth for Peace and Development.

UNMIT / UN Photo

The United Nations is looking for stories from young people around the world who are working for peace. The campaign slogan this year isPeace=Future, The math is easy.”

This year, the International Day of Peace (IDP) falls within the same time period as a major summit on the Millennium Development Goals, the world’s largest anti-poverty campaign. The Summit brings world leaders together at the United Nations in New York from
20 – 22 September.

In addition, the UN General Assembly has proclaimed 2010 asInternational Year of Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding. A campaign to be launched by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) on 12 August will promote the ideals of respect for human rights and solidarity across generations, cultures, religions, and civilizations. Those are key elements that reinforce the foundations of a sustainable peace.

Youth, peace and development are closely interlinked: Peace enables development, which is critical in providing opportunities for young people, particularly those in countries emerging from conflict. Healthy, educated youth are in turn crucial to sustainable development and peace. Peace, stability and security are essential to achieving the Millennium Development Goals, aimed at slashing poverty, hunger, disease, and maternal and child death by 2015.

The Secretary-General has recognized the incredible potential of youth which must be tapped to ensure these goals are met in their lifetimes.

Each year, the Secretary-General, his Messengers of Peace, the entire UN system and many individuals, groups and organizations around the world use the Day of Peace to engage in activities that contribute to ceasefires, end conflict, bridge cultural divides and create tolerance.

On 13 June 2010, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the 100-day countdown to the International Day of Peace, calling on young people around the world to submit their stories via social media, detailing what they do for peace.

Resources for the International Day of Peace

Peace Education

Links and resources  -Peace Education

UN Documents

Web Links

Still not enough?

Why not have a month of it and get involved with Peace One Day

Global – Peace One Day Global Education Resource

This year (2010) Peace One Day has partnered with Skype to develop and launch the Peace One Day Global Education Resource. Available in the six official languages of the United Nations: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, Russian and Spanish, the Resource includes 13 interactive, student-centred lesson plans, with accompanying student resources.

Included in this resource, and in all new editions, is a new lesson – ‘Intercultural Cooperation’ – enabling young people to connect with others in different countries using free Skype software. Young people are encouraged to explore cooperation on Peace Day and build lasting bridges with other cultures.

As with all Peace One Day education materials, the Global Education Resource is designed to be used in conjunction with The Day After Peace Documentary.

and Lenny Kravitz….

and Peter Gabriel…

For younger children

Make a Pinwheel for peace (see: blog )

Many children around the world will be making a pinwheel for peace on Peace Day.

See examples from previous years on:

and finish with a song….

Promoting participation – Community contributions to education in conflict situations

INEE has provided reference to a new report on community participation:

(UNESCO/IIEP and CfBT Education Trust)

Community participation is a much-acknowledged and important part of the field of education in emergencies. A recent report released by UNESCO and the CfBT Education Trust explores the roles communities play in providing education, and the conditions that can either obstruct or encourage their involvement, in both emergency and reconstruction settings including among Iraqi refugees in Jordan and within communities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Southern Sudan, Uganda and Liberia.

Focusing on the types of roles that communities play, and the factors that encourage and discourage participation, the report chronicles both successes and challenges various communities have faced in their efforts to provide education during times of conflict and reconstruction.

The full report is available here.