Peace Education

Topic(s)
Conflict - Peace Education
NRC
© Enayatullah Azad, NRC

Numerous conflicts across the globe have led to the suffering and displacement of millions of children and young people, often under horrific circumstances. The world’s poorest countries are most frequently those torn apart by internal conflict while other countries often suffer destabilizing effects of conflict in neighbouring states.

For children and youth who have lived through or are living in the midst of war and conflict, peace education is a chance to develop constructive skills for living that they have not seen modeled before. Peace education is a structured programme that can help youth develop the skills needed to avert involvement in conflict.

The term ‘peace building’ covers many areas including advocacy, law reform, basic education, and social justice. These programmes are generally designed to develop constructive skills, behaviours and associated values. Peace education can supplement regular schooling and can also complement ongoing peacebuilding processes.

Key Stats

  • 263 million children and youth were out of school across the world (UNESCO, 2014)
    • 142 million youth ages 15 to 17
    • 60 million young adolescents ages 12 to 14
    • 61 million children ages 6 to 11,
  • 61.9 million out-of-school children and youth live in conflict areas (UNESCO, 2016)

 

The following list of resources focusing on Peace Education have been specifically chosen by experts as key for those working in crisis contexts.

Report

Emerging Issues Teacher Training Programme - Sierra Leone

Published by
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
,
Sierra Leone Ministry of Education

In 2008, UNICEF, together with the Sierra Leone Ministry of Education and the national Teacher Training institutions, developed a behaviour change programme for teachers entitled “Emerging Issues.”

English
Manual/Handbook/Guide

Interactive Radio Instruction: Life Skills Programs for Somalia

Published by
Education Development Center (EDC)

This document relates to interactive radio instruction (IRI) programmes for Somali-speaking students in the Horn of Africa. It presents outline education objectives for Life Skills (LS) programmes, based on internationally accepted good practice, and takes account to some extent of Somali culture and the life situation of the students.

English
Manual/Handbook/Guide

Interactive Radio Instruction on Peace Education for Southern Sudan

Published by
Education Development Center (EDC)

EDC (Education Development Center) implemented an Interactive Radio Instruction (IRI) English language programme in literacy and numeracy for South Sudan, with funding from USAID.

English
Manual/Handbook/Guide

Learning to live together: Design, monitoring and evaluation of education for life skills, citizenship, peace and human rights

Published by
United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Office (UNESCO)
,
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ)

Learning to Live Together: Design, Monitoring and Evaluation of Education for Life Skills, Citizenship, Peace and Human Rights. The guide focuses on the theme of ‘learning to live together’, which is one of four competencies identified as important by the International Commission on Education for the Twenty-first Century.

English
Manual/Handbook/Guide

Peace Education Programme

Published by
Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE)
United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Office (UNESCO)
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

The Peace Education Programme (PEP) teaches the skills and values associated with peaceful behaviours. The programme enables and encourages learners to think constructively about issues, both physical and social, and to develop constructive attitudes towards living together and solving problems that arise in their communities through peaceful means

Arabic
English
French
Report

Peace Education Evaluation Summary

Published by
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
,
Anna Obura

The purpose of the 2001 evaluation of the UNHCR Peace Education programme (PEP) was to determine if the programme had had any positive impact on peace building and conflict prevention during the four years of its existence in the Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps. (From 1998 to 2001.)

English
Report

Learning to Live Together: Education for Conflict Resolution, Responsible Citizenship, Human Rights and Humanitarian Norms

Published by
Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict (PEIC)

Eighteen authoritative practitioners contributed their experience to this collection of briefs on education for learning to live together. This book shows that transformative education for conflict resolution and peace, for local, national and global citizenship, for human rights and humanitarian values CAN be implemented even under difficult conditions if there is a policy commitment to do so.

English
Report

The Impact of Armed Conflict on Children

Published by
United Nations General Assembly

In the study, the expert proposes the elements of a comprehensive agenda for action by Member States and the international community to improve the protection and care of children in conflict situations, and to prevent these conflicts from occurring.

English
Report

The Peace Education Programme Evaluation

Published by
School of International Public Affairs (SIPA)

This report contains several evaluative case studies regarding peace education in  a variety of contexts.

English
Manual/Handbook/Guide

Teachers Activity Book Matrix of Activities

Published by
Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE)

The activities provided in this matrix may be used as a guideline for educators who want to teach topics related to Peace Education.

English