In Afghanistan development and humanitarian agencies work closely with religious leaders to promote key programmes including girls’ education. Imams across the country regularly promote girls’ enrolment through Friday worship. In areas with limited school facilities, mosques are used as classrooms and centres for children’s activities.
UNICEF and the Latin American Episcopal Conference (CELAM) developed alternative education programmes for children and adolescents working on the streets in Bolivia and trained teachers from the private and public sectors in related issues. Together with the Catholic Church, UNICEF promoted communication and alternative education programmes for girls, boys, adolescents, women and adults, mainly from indigenous communities, to promote knowledge, dialogue and respect for human rights.
Partnership between Arigou International, UNESCO & UNICEF
Arigatou International, in cooperation with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and UNICEF, developed Learning to Live Together: An intercultural and interfaith programme for ethics education. This guide is designed for youth leaders and educators worldwide to help children understand and respect people from other cultures and religions.
The Ma’An (Together) Towards a Safe School campaign, initiated by UNICEF Jordan in 2009 to reduce violence by teachers against children in schools, involved a three-track strategy: school-based activities to promote a new way of discipline among teachers; community-based meetings, celebrations and religious activities to encourage zero tolerance of violence in schools; and robust media-based coverage to make the campaign known. The campaign utilizes traditional communication channels such as mosques, religious leaders and community drama, among other methods, to influence families and communities.