This case study examines the role education can play and is playing in the conflict-induced humanitarian emergency in South Sudan. The study examines adjustments made by the Peacebuilding Education and Advocacy (PBEA) programme in response to the humanitarian crisis following 15 December 2015, including the role of education for the internally displaced population (IDP) camps (or Protection of Civilian Sites – PoCs), contributions to peacebuilding, and how in a humanitarian context education can help to forge resilient communities. When possible, the study gives a voice to the individual actors involved, especially children and adolescents. This document is intended to be used by UNICEF staff, implementing partner organizations and other humanitarian practitioners in the education and peacebuilding field. It is hoped that the study will promote continued discussion and planning to improve humanitarian action in response to conflict induced crises in order to strengthen the effectiveness of lifesaving responses in a manner that will support a transition to peace and sustainable development.
This paper explores:
- The programme adjustment made by PBEA to respond to the humanitarian crisis and to position education as a critical lifesaving response;
- How education advances conflict resolution, peacebuilding and community resilience in conflict and post-conflict contexts;
- The extent to which PBEA activities are contributing to programme outcomes and higher level results related to increasing social cohesion and resilience, including among displaced adolescent and youth communities;
- How education might do so even more effectively; and
- The challenges facing education programming efforts in South Sudan.
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