Nabaa holds a trophy with her basketball teammates after winning a game against a nearby school. (Photo: ©UNICEF/ Iraq/ 2015/ Anmar)

In Kirkuk, teamwork builds tolerance

UNICEF has been responding to friction and shortages in Kirkuk by establishing a programme to foster peace and tolerance, starting in schools. “It’s essential that education provision is equitable and that schools are conflict-sensitive so that they can promote peace,” says Kelsey Shanks, a consultant with UNICEF.

Photo: News Lens Pakistan

Pupils in Taliban-hit valley turn to sport, pro-peace graffiti

“Today we see that a man is not at peace due to the machinations of his own brother,” Talha told News Lens Pakistan on the morning he and other madrassah students were out writing messages of peace on walls. “People are out to exploit differences and they seek to destroy others for their own gains. My message to them is ‘be brothers’ and live like brothers.”

Pro-peace, anti-militancy graffiti may not be unusual in Swat valley that has suffered from some of the worst manifestation of militancy in the region. What is unusual about Talha’s message is that it comes from a student of madrassah, a religious institution often associated with radical views, much like the militants that threatened the peace of the valley.

Level-playing field: Girls play sports for peace (Pakistan)

Over 200 girls from seminaries and government schools participated in a sports gala that was held in Peshawar. The event aimed to promote harmony and tolerance among students and to provide them a background to interact and learn from one another. The initiative was organised by the Peace Education and Development (PEAD) Foundation, along with UNICEF, under the Social Cohesion and Resilience programme.

UNHCR and World Taekwondo Federation partner on training in camps; programs include peace education

UNHCR signed an agreement the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) to support programs in refugee camps integrating sports and peace education. The WTF, together with the soon-to-be-created Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation, will provide coaches and equipment for pilot programmes already launched in two camps for Syrian refugees in Turkey and Jordan. New projects will also bring taekwondo to refugees in Colombia, Ethiopia, Ghana and Greece. “UNHCR is constantly looking for ways to improve the lives of refugees, and the agreement is one avenue to do that,” said Daniel Endres, Director of External Relations. “I thank the WTF for proactively volunteering their services to assist refugees with sports and peace education. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”

Andre Tippet ,Executive Director of Community Relations for the New England Patriots, and a former player,speaks during an announcement at Central High about a Anti Violence Partnership between the team and the State. Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and student Anthony Owens and Emlie Rodriguez, rigth a para at the school look on. (Photo: Mark M. Murray / The Republican)

NFL Hall of Famer urges high school students to take stand against violence

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and former New England Patriots linebacker and NFL Hall of Famer Andre Tippett told Central High School students on Thursday that football players and other school athletes can help lead the way in preventing violence. Healey and Tippet visited Central to promote “Game-Change: The Patriots Anti-Violence Partnership,” a new initiative of the AG’s office and the New England Patriots aimed at providing students with the tools to combat a culture of violence that has crept into American society.

Symbolic donation of balls by UN Special Envoy for Youth Refugees and Sport Dr. Jacques Rogge pictured with Director of Coldeportes Andres Botero, UNHCR representative for Colombia Stephane Jaquemet and UNHCR Head of Office for Quibdò Sylvia Bolliger, ©Coldeportes

UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Youth Refugees and Sport wraps up humanitarian mission in Colombia

(Original article:, Nov. 27, 2015) The IOC Honorary President and Special Envoy of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for Youth Refugees and Sport, Jacques Rogge, this week concluded a two-day humanitarian mission to Colombia, where he had the opportunity to get a first-hand look at the challenges faced by Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in the […]

Peace Clubs from Sondu Primary and Secondary schools during the International Day of Peace.

Report of Commemoration of International Day of Peace – Uhai Lake Forum, Kenya

Uhai Lake Forum a Western Kenyan based NGO in collaboration with the local stakeholders in Nyakach and Kericho held the first International Day of Peace at Sondu Primary School on 21st September, 2015. The events brought in various stakeholders from the government and civil society to take stock of the achievenment of peace in the […]