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Early Childhood Peace Consortium Launched
Sustainable peace across the entire world begins by building peaceful communities through strong early childhood development programs and adult education. This was the main message shared by H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser at the launch of the Early Childhood Peace Consortium during the 2013 United Nations Week.
Mr. Al-Nasser cites evidence on neuro-biological development during the early years as critical for progress in areas of health, motor and cognitive skills language, and particularly, social and emotional development. Parents and educators play a pivotal role during this formative time. Therefore, adult education programs that not only teach developmentally appropriate early childhood care but also promote peaceful living help to build stronger communities.
In his opening remarks, Mr. Al-Nasser grimly highlighted that two-thirds of children under the age of four are believed to be victims of direct violence, both physical and psychological, from their parents and caregivers. Approximately 1.5 billion people experience structural violence while living in areas of conflict. The repercussions of direct and structural violence adversely affect positive growth during the early childhood years.
The role of the global consortium is to promote peace through early childhood development. Early Childhood Peace Consortium is an initiative under a larger project by UNICEF called Peacebuilding Education and Advocacy (PBEA). The initiative brings together leaders in effective practice, new and emerging knowledge, finance, philanthropy, and international policy to create a legacy of sustained peace, drawing on the transformative force of ECD.
For more information:
Full Remarks by H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser at the Launch, 20 September 2013 (United Nations Alliance of Civilizations website)
ECD and Peacebuilding (UNICEF)