Education for Peacebuilding: Empirical findings and insights:
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Education for Peacebuilding: Empirical findings and insights

January 31, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

REGISTER Here Join the Washington Network on Children & Armed Conflict for an online discussion with experts and practitioners on the role education can play in strengthening social cohesion, resilience, and human security in conflict-affected contexts. The discussion will explore findings from UNICEF’s Peacebuilding, Education, and Advocacy Programme (PBEA) and the Research Consortium on Education and Peacebuilding, as well as insights from education programs for peacebuilding in Lebanon and Macedonia:

  • Dr Mieke Lopes Cardozo, co-director of the Research Consortium on Education and Peacebuilding, will share findings from a recently-released report on youth agency for peacebuilding and the role of formal and non-formal peacebuilding education programmes, based on empirical insights from the countries of Pakistan, Myanmar, South Africa, and Uganda.
  • Anna Azaryeva Valente, child protection specialist at UNICEF, will highlight how education and other social providers can address conflict factors in fragile and post-conflict contexts, drawing on the final report of the PBEA Programme – a partnership between UNICEF, the Government of the Netherlands, the national governments of 14 participating countries and other key supporters.
  • Vilma Venkovska Milcev, director of the Centre for Common Ground, will discuss Mozaik, an interethnic, bilingual pre-school program active since 1998, which became institutionalized as part of the national education system in Macedonia.
  • Bertha Missyadi education specialist at Search for Common Ground – Lebanon, will share insights from an education program bringing together Lebanese, Syrian, and Palestinian children through after-school English language classes and weekend sports and arts activities, now in its third year, Rainbow of Hope.
The session will end with an interactive discussion of opportunities for education to empower children and youth for sustainable peacebuilding. Saji Prelis, Director of Children & Youth Programs at Search for Common Ground and co-chair of the Inter-Agency Working Group on Youth and Peacebuilding will moderate the session.

Note: The online discussion will take place from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Washington D.C. time on GoToWebinar. Click the link below to register.


Dr MiekeDr. Mieke Lopes Cardozo works at the University of Amsterdam as Assistant Professor in the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research. She was co-director of the Research Consortium on Education and Peacebuilding and has led the research area on youth agency, education and peacebuilding. She was also lead researcher for the Myanmar study, and has additional research experience in Sri Lanka, Bolivia and Indonesia. She is an active member of the working group on Education and Fragility of the International Network for Education in Emergencies.

Anna ValentaAnna Azaryeva Valente is a Child Protection specialist in UNICEF New York working on programming to prevent and respond to violence against children. Anna has served on the programme management team for the Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy Programme and supported country-level conflict analysis, programme design and evidence-building activities. Anna has over 10 years of experience with UNICEF in the areas of education, education in emergencies in particular, child protection, statistics and monitoring and public advocacy with country experience in DRC, Chad, Burundi, Colombia, Lebanon and India among others. Anna is also pursuing a doctorate at Columbia University, Teachers College, working on the topic of youth, education and sustaining peace.

VilmaVilma Venkovska Milcev is the Director of the Centre for Common Ground, an organization leading efforts to build interethnic reconciliation and stability in the Western Balkans since 1994, and sister organization of Search for Common Ground. She is a leading expert on mainstreaming violence prevention themes and messages into formal and informal-sector youth programmes, and has trained school psychologists, teachers, social workers, parents and leaders of non-formal education and recreational activities to address conflict and its effects with children. She developed curriculum for SFCG’s Naashe Malo television series in Macedonia as well as the Mozaik curriculum for interethnic pre-schools which has since been integrated into national educational policy.

Bertha ProfileBertha Missyadi is an education specialist at Search for Common Ground – Lebanon, where she currently leads an extracurricular education program for Lebanese, Syrian, and Palestinian children that teaches English language and conflict transformation skills. She has developed a toolkit for the program and provides technical assistance and training for educators and animators across Lebanon on education for peacebuilding. She has more than eight years of experience in education.

sajiSaji Prelis has over twenty years’ experience working with youth, youth movements and youth focused organizations in various conflict and transition environments in West and East Africa, Central Asia, and South and Southeast Asia. Six years ago he co-founded and has been co-chairing the first UN-civil society-donor working group on Youth and Peacebuilding that helped in successfully advocating for the historic UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace, and Security.

The Washington Network on Children and Armed Conflict (WNCAC) is an informal network initiated in July 2004 by Search for Common Ground and the Displaced Children and Orphans Fund of USAID with the broad aim of improving the protection of children affected by armed conflict. Topics addressed include such issues and areas of practice as child protection, education, psychosocial interventions in emergencies, child soldiers, separated children, humanitarian relief, post-conflict development, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding.


January 31, 2017
9:00 am - 11:00 am
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