Education and Fragility – education and peace

From INEE newsletter on Education and Fragility (DEC 2012)

Interview with Mary Kangethe on the Kenyan Ministry of Education’s work on education and peace

Mary Kangethe is an Assistant Director of Education in the Ministry of Education Kenya. She is Coordinator of the Peace Education Programme in the Ministry. She is also an expert resource person for the INEE Working Group on Education and Fragility.
In this interview, Mary Kangethe explains the Ministry’s work on education and peace through highlights from policy and practice. She shares lessons learned and recommendations for other countries, describes some challenges the Ministry faces in implementing its Peace Education Programme, and finally outlines some ways forward.

Peace Education
Since independence, the education sector in Kenya promotes nationalism, patriotism, national unity, social equality, responsibility, international consciousness and positive attitudes towards other nations. This is mainly operationalized through the national school curriculum.

Violent conflicts related to elections have sporadically occurred in Kenya since 1992. The experiences of the 2007/2008 post-election violence in Kenya prompted the initiation of a Peace Education Programme in learning institutions by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with UNICEF and UNHCR. With time other partners came on board including NPI-Africa, UNESCO, the Japan Center for Conflict Prevention (JCCP), and the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD). …

To read the full interview, click here.

Under the Radar and Under Protected: the urgent need to address stateless children’s rights

Some parents do not register their child. Some schools will not enrol children if they have not been registered.

These parents may be illiterate or do not realise they need to register, some are ashamed because the child has

been born out of wedlock, or may be disabled and the parents do not want to admit they have such a child, due to local discrimination.

The report below highlights these sort of issues.

From the latest INEE newsletter:

Under the Radar and Under Protected: the urgent need to address stateless children’s rights
UNHCR and Plan International 

‘Under the Radar and Under Protected’ raises awareness of the dangers and risks that stateless children face and highlights the urgent need to address their rights – including the right of every child to acquire a nationality and to be registered immediately after birth. Plan and UNHCR have joined hands to work together around the globe and in partnership with other organisations, such as UNICEF, to urge states to register children immediately after birth and to include stateless children in the development and implementation of international and national policies. States are also encouraged to develop campaigns for free, accessible and non-discriminatory birth registration with the help of UN agencies, donors and civil society.

Click here to view the full report.

Children’s Action for Disaster Risk Reduction

Sometimes children just seem victims of disasters with little power themselves – it is good to see that children are now been given opportunities to develop skills and present their ideas and even turn them into action.

Children’s Action for Disaster Risk Reduction




UNISDR and Plan“What would be the future of our settlement? Maybe, this village would exist only in name! It is frightening even to imagine how terrible our life would be and that of future generations,” the voice of Jonisha from Nepal and other children and youth in Asia is documented in Children’s Action for Disaster Risk Reduction 2012 – published by UNISDR and Plan International.

The aim of this publication is to provide children and youth in Asia a platform to report on progress made towards these commitments from their own point of view. By presenting their own experiences of participating in disaster risk reduction activities, it aims to highlight the capacity of children in order to inspire other children and youth, as well as encourage local governments, NGOs, and the private sector to support childcentered community risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

To download the document, click here.

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 2012 -make your voice heard…

Human Rights Day presents an opportunity, every year, to celebrate human rights, highlight a specific issue, and advocate for the full enjoyment of all human rights by everyone everywhere.

This year, the spotlight is on the rights of all people — women, youth, minorities, persons with disabilities, indigenous people, the poor and marginalized — to make their voices heard in public life and be included in political decision-making.

These human rights — the rights to freedom of opinion and expression, to peaceful assembly and association, and to take part in government (articles 19, 20 and 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights) have been at the centre of the historic changes in the Arab world over the past two years, in which millions have taken to the streets to demand change. In other parts of the world, the “99%” made their voices heard through the global Occupy movement protesting economic, political and social inequality.


Make your voice count!

Share your thoughts about the right to participate in public life and political decision-making, using #VoiceCount.

Previous Human Rights Day themes

Human Rights Day 2011: Celebrate Human Rights

Human Rights Day 2010: Human rights defenders who act to end discrimination

Human Rights Day 2009: Special focus on discrimination

Human Rights Day 2007-2008: UDHR 60th Anniversary

Human Rights Day 2006: Fighting Poverty: A Matter of Obligation, Not Charity

Human Rights Day 2005: Torture and the Global Efforts to Combat it

Human Rights Day 2004: Human Rights Education