Building a Culture of Resilience

Building a Culture of Resilience

(Post-war Reconstruction and Development Uni and University of York)

As part of continuing efforts to ensure that education services are sustained in the wake of natural and man-made disasters, UNICEF and its partner organisation, Save the Children (SC), undertook a capacity building training and institutionalisation programme, a component of the global Education in Emergencies and Post-crisis Transition Programme (EEPCT).  This initiative, implemented with the support of the IASC Education Cluster, aimed to “…build and strengthen sustainable national emergency preparedness and response (EPR) capacity in the education sector in the Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESAR) holistically and strategically.” Since its inception in May 2009, the training program has managed to reach more than 2,800 frontline responders from national governments, local and international NGOs, civil society organisations, and UN agencies throughout ESAR, despite many challenges. 

The full report is available here


TRAINING MANUAL: Applying Basic Child Protection Mainstreaming, Facilitator’s Guide

INEE has posted the link to the training manual ‘Applying basic child protection mainstreaming’

(Child Fund International, World Vision, International Rescue Committee, Save the Children)

The one-day training workshop outlined in this Facilitator’s Guide is intended to acquaint staff
members who are not child protection practitioners with basic concepts related to child protection,
help them think through how their areas of work can contribute to child protection, and give them the opportunity to plan and to take some actions to increase protection of children through their own work. The training touches on the practice of engaging children (the complex concept of child participation) in assessments, implementation, and evaluations taking into consideration children’s perspectives and needs.

This training manual was produced by members of a child protection task team under InterAction’s
Protection Working Group. Download the manual here.

New video – Out of conflict and into school – in two minutes! More on EFA.

Out of conflict and into school – in two minutes

In a snappy YouTube clip, Katy Webley, head of education at Save the Children,  spells out the lessons that her organisation has learned from its Rewrite the Futurecampaign, including the message that  “Education must become part of emergency responses, alongside food, nutrition, health and shelter.” We’ll be investigating these issues in depth in the 2011 Education for All Global Monitoring Report.

More information about the consultation which will lead to the 2011 EFA Global Monitoring Report:

Education and Violent Conflict
2011 Education for All Global Monitoring Report

Violent conflict is one of the greatest development challenges facing the international community. Beyond the immediate human suffering it causes, it is a source of poverty, inequality and economic stagnation. Children and education systems are often on the front line of violent conflict: around one-third of the world’s 72 million out of school children live in only 20 conflict-affected countries.

The 2011 Global Monitoring Report will examine the damaging consequences of conflict for the Education for All goals. It will set out an agenda for protecting the right to education during conflict, strengthening provision for children, youth and adults affected by conflict, and rebuilding education systems in countries emerging from conflict. The Report will also explore the role of inappropriate education policies in creating conditions for violent conflict. Drawing on experience from a range of countries, it will identify problems and set out solutions that can help make education a force for peace, social cohesion and human dignity.

Workbook -Ray Harris

Worked as consultant for UNICEF, UNESCO, UNDP, DFID, Save The Children Fund Alliance, World Bank  and  contributed to education relating to:


Program  evaluation Human rights education
Teacher  training Education in post conflict contexts
Education management training Multigrade education
Curriculum  planning, development and review Environmental education
Child rights programming, Education in emergencies
Early Childhood Education Education for disadvantaged children
Child Friendly Schooling Education in rural areas
Inclusive education, Education for Citizenship
Active and participatory learning Peace education
Instructional improvement Community participation

Developed Training manuals for UNESCO, UNICEF, WORLD BANK and Esuela Nueva Foundation. including the two training manuals for UNESCO’s ‘Embracing Diversity ‘ collection of Inclusive,Learning Friendly

Creating the Inclusive Learning Friendly Classroom


Managing the Inclusive Learning Friendly Classroom

International Children’s Day -Take Action!

International Children’s Day is officially celebrated on June 1st each year -however many countries have their own Children’s day at different times of the year to suit their own calendars (see notes below).

Having worked with disadvantaged childen in indigenous communities of the Amazon basin,  post conflict communities in Mozambique and Timor Leste, nomadic communities in Chad and ethnic minority communities in Vietnam I realise we still have a lng way to go to ensure the rights of all children as enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which 192 nations have now signed up to.


If we look at how children have been used as  Child Soldiers in places such Sierra Leone,Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad ,Northern Uganda and now Sri Lanka we can see how chidren are manipulated to please the whims, desires  and needs of thoughtless adults. In war, no side really wins, but whichever side children find themselves they are always the losers ,the ones with the least power and which suffer innocently.


Take Action on this International Children’s Day!

Although we can celebrate, for one day, the rights of children that have been hard won,we should also take action from this day onward to ensure that all children no matter where they live have their basic rights ensured.

As  UNICEF states: Every one of us has a role to play in ensuring that every child enjoys a childhood. If you are a parent, teacher, social worker or other professional working with children, raise awareness of the Convention on the Rights of the Child among children. If you are a member or employee of an organization working for children’s rights, raise awareness of the Convention and its Optional Protocols, research and document governmental actions and policies and involve communities in promoting and protecting children’s rights. If you are a member of the media, promote knowledge and understanding of children’s rights and provide a forum for children’s participation in society. If you are a parliamentarian, ensure that all existing and new legislation and judicial practice is compatible with your country’s international obligations, monitor governments’ actions, policies and budgets and involve the community—including children—in relevant decision making.

The coalition to stop the use of Child Soldiers asks you to raise awarenes for their Red Hand Day .

Join the Coalition’s group on Facebook to keep up with news and events. The group name is: The Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers.

Buy an album of songs about child soldiers

All the profits from the French album, “Enfants Soldats D’ici & D’Ailleurs”, go towards helping child soldiers. 80% goes directly to an organisation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that rehabilitates former child soldiers and 20% goes to the Coalition. For more details and how to buy the album see

Buy a football and help the Coalition

The Coalition has entered into an agreement with the Fair Deal Trading Company to produce footballs that incorporate the Coalition’s logo and the message Stop the Use of Child Soldiers. Footballs can be purchased online at and for every ball purchased a donation of £2 is made to the Coalition.


Amnesty International campaigns for human rights worldwide and has a number of children’s rights campaigns.

Listen to children and then tell someone else –Listen Charity

Save the Children Fund (SCF) champions the rights of children globally, and campaigns actively for the end of child soldiers.

Listen to the BBC – A world for Children -then tell others.

SIGN UP for the newsletter from CRIN Child Rights Information Network.

Sign the Petition for a CRC Complaints Mechanism

And what about some suggestions from the  Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood– take action, download CCFC’s 10 Things You Can Do to Reclaim Childhood from Corporate Marketers.

Children’s Day may be celebrated on different days in different countries, such as :

In Argentina, Children’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of August and it’s known as Día del Niño.

In  Congo DR, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Chad, Central African Republic, São Tomé and Príncipe Children’s Day is celebrated on December 25 to honour all the children there.

In India, Children’s Day is celebrated on November 14 every year. This date marks the birth anniversary of independent India’s first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Children’s day is celebrated on this day in recognition of his lifelong fondness and work for children.

Whatever you can do, take action and you can make a real difference.