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Sesame Workshop is seeking a Senior Education Director, Refugee Programs

Sesame Workshop is seeking a Senior Education Director, Refugee Programs. The right candidate is a passionate and collaborative individual who will design and manage education-related activities for our new humanitarian initiative to bring early childhood education to Syrian refugees in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria, in partnership with the International Rescue Committee.

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Between Idealism and Realism: Critical Peace Education in Divided Post-Conflict Contexts

Proponents of Critical Peace Education seek to empower individuals, to enable voices and boost the participation and agency of the marginalized. They promote taking the other’s perspective and recognizing other historical narratives as important requirements to develop students’ critical consciousness, to enable them to explore contradictions in their social, political and economic realm, and prepare them to act against such contradictions.

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Educating for the Future of Syria: The Time is Now

The time to strategically and boldly invest in Syrian education is now. The 2017 Global Terrorism Index shows a notable shift in terror tactics. In 2009, 16% of Al Qa’ida attacks targeted educational facilities, but only 1.5% of attacks had this same focus in 2016. This not only prompts timely investment in positive peace, but an opportune centralisation of education in the discussion of nation-building. Syrian society faces a dire but not hopeless risk of losing a critical youthful generation to war. The war’s current duration parallels the expected length of a young person’s primary or secondary schooling career.

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Teaching peace, building resilience: Assessing the Impact of Peace Education for Young Syrians

In October 2015, International Alert launched a project aimed at building an evidence base to demonstrate the role that peace education can play in addressing young Syrians’ needs and increasing their resilience in the face of violence, displacement and war; in particular their resilience to recruitment by armed groups. Evidence gathered through Alert’s work with Syrian civil society organisations in Syria, Lebanon and Turkey shows that the provision of psychosocial support, safe spaces, supportive and positive adult role models, and value-based lessons in non-violence, human rights and self-care helps young people to navigate and cope with the impact of war.

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