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Education for Peace

Empowering children, youth and their communities as agents of change

The Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy (PBEA) programme or “Learning for Peace” is a partnership between UNICEF, the Government of the Netherlands, the national governments of participating countries and other key partners. The overall goal this innovative programme is to strengthen resilience, social cohesion, and human security in conflict-affected contexts, including countries at risk of, experiencing or recovering from conflict. In particular, it aims at strengthening policies and practices in education for peacebuilding.

The program focuses on achieving five key outcomes:

  1. Increase inclusion of education into peacebuilding and conflict reduction policies, analyses and implementation.
  2. Increase institutional capacities to supply conflict-sensitive education.
  3. Increase the capacities of children, parents, teachers and other duty bearers to prevent, reduce and cope with conflict and promote peace.
  4. Increase access to quality and relevant conflict-sensitive education that contributes to peace.
  5. Contribute to the generation and use of evidence and knowledge in policies and programming related to education, conflict and peacebuilding.
The PBEA programme started in 2012 in the West and Central Africa region and is implemented in five countries – Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, and Sierra Leone – as well as at the regional level.

UNICEF’s West and Central Africa Regional Office also supports other Country Offices - such as the Central African Republic, Mali and Niger – to develop child-focused programmes that explicitly seek to contribute to social cohesion and peace.

For more information please check out the following Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy Programme (PBEA) reports:


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Download the PBEA's reports:

2014 Overview


2015 Overview


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