The United States Institute of Peace developed several civic education programs for Iraq and Sudan. This report describes those programs and discusses challenges civic education programs face in postconflict environments and their potential solutions.
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When the US withdrew from Afghanistan, thousands of Afghan partners were abandoned to the vengeance of the Taliban – many of them university professors and researchers. We encourage ongoing civil society action in requesting administration and congressional support for fair and expedited processing of at-risk scholars’ applications for J1 visas.
Afghans for Tomorrow recently issued a statement on the current donor situation in Afghanistan and its impact on civil society organizations, education and women. Amongst their suggestions to deal with this crisis is the provision and prioritization of education and employment opportunities for girls and women.
In his latest book, Magnus Haavelsrud sees peace developments as upward movements of equity, empathy, the healing of past and present traumas, and nonviolent conflict transformation. Haavelsrud asks and answers how education can support and initiate such upward movements from the levels of everyday life to global affairs.
Without peace, development is impossible, and without development, peace is not achievable, but without women, neither peace nor development is possible, writes Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the United Nations. He is an internationally recognized initiator of the UNSCR 1325 as the President of the UN Security Council in March 2000.
For many children around the world, having a safe space to learn is far from guaranteed due to the threat of armed conflict and the targeting of schools. In this guest post for ‘In Focus’, Peter Klanduch and Margaret Sinclair of Education Above All’s legal advocacy programme PEIC – Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict (PEIC) – explain the background to this global problem and the importance of keeping education safe for all children.