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Why conflict threatens Education for All?

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"Students free education center" established some 13 years ago to promote poor children of the area. And now more than 300 students in two shift studying here. Non-stop firing in their neighborhoods and gang wars in the area forced to hold classes at rooftop of building. Pakistan ».

In this seminar, Professor Alan Smith, UNESCO Chair in Education for Pluralism, Human Rights and Democracy, will identify a number of challenges and opportunities for provision of education in conflict-affected countries.
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“Why conflict threatens Education for All”

Presentation: Prof. Alan Smith, UNESCO Chair, School of Education, University of Ulster

A brief introduction to the Section for Education in Post-Conflict and Post-Disaster Situations, UNESCO will be made by Ms Eli Rognerud, Programme Specialist, ED/UNP/PCPD.

Chair: Mark Richmond, Director ED/UNP.

‘The number of out-of-school primary-age children in the world has fallen in recent years, but the situation in conflict-affected countries has seen little improvement. Conflict-affected countries are home to only 13% of the world's population, yet half of all the children out of school (37 million out of 72 million children) live there and they receive less than one-fifth of education aid.’

The theme for the EFA Global Monitoring Report (2011) is education and violent conflict. This seminar will identify a number of challenges for provision of education for children in conflict-affected countries and address some of the following questions.

Which countries are most affected? What are the impacts of conflict on education? How can education systems become more resilient to conflict and play a positive role in peace-building? What are the implications for international aid? How can donors and the international community play a constructive role?

Presenter bios:

Alan Smith is Professor, UNESCO Chair in Education at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. His work includes research on young people's understanding of human rights and citizenship. He has been a visiting fellow to Nigeria, Indonesia and Hong Kong; a consultant for DFID, UNICEF and the World Bank in Bosnia, Nepal and Sri Lanka. He has publications on education, conflict and international development and currently a member of the Advisory Group for the EFA Global Monitoring Report (2011) on education and violent conflict.

Eli Rognerud is a Programme Specialist with UNESCO’s section for Education in Post-Conflict and Post-Disaster situations in Paris, with particular responsibility for field support, including the field level promotion of the INEE Minimum Standards. She has previously worked at the UNESCO International Institute of Educational Planning and as manager of UNESCO’s Earthquake Response Programme in Pakistan. Before joining UNESCO, she worked as a journalist in Norway and as Media Advisor at the Norwegian Refugee Council.

Chair bio:

Mark Richmond is a social scientist and educationist who, as an academic and as a UNESCO staff member, has been engaged with ‘education for development’ issues for over twenty-five years. He worked on establishing post-crisis educational programmes in NW Somalia, refugee camps in Tanzania and post-genocide Rwanda before becoming head of UNESCO’s Programme of Education for Emergencies and Reconstruction (PEER) in Nairobi, Kenya, covering the Horn of Africa and Great Lakes regions. Mr Richmond is currently Director of the Division for the Coordination of UN Priorities in Education, responsible for the education in post-conflict and post-disaster situations, the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, and education and HIV & AIDS. He commissioned the path-breaking study ‘Education under Attack’ (UNESCO, 2007).


Type of Event Staff Meeting
Start 14.04.2010 13:30 local time
End 14.04.2010 15:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Horwitz, Ann Minna
Organizer ED/KMS and ED/UNP/PCPD
Contact Ann Horwitz (ED/UNP/PCPD); Ulrika Peppler Barry; Martine Kayser: (logistics)
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters
Room Room IX
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English
Estimated number of participants
Official Website
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