Curriculum, Life Skills and Peacebuilding Education – Promoting Equity and Peacebuilding in South Sudan: Results & Lessons Learned

The challenges facing South Sudan have become acute since the outbreak of civil war in mid-December 2013, which has compounded existing patterns of pressures for violence in the country. The study will look at the challenges to peacebuilding through education, and how in this context resilient communities can be forged through PBEA pilot interventions. When possible, the study gives a voice to the individual actors involved, including the children and adolescents of South Sudan.

This document is intended to be used by UNICEF staff, implementing partner organizations and other interested practitioners in the education and peacebuilding fields. It is hoped that the study will contribute to discussion and planning to strengthen peacebuilding through education initiatives designed during the post-conflict post-independence period and prior to the current crisis in order to help prepare for the necessary transition from conflict induced crisis to peace and sustainable development. It will explore how education advances conflict resolution, peacebuilding and community resilience in conflict affected and post-conflict contexts—notably through UNICEF-supported curriculum reform, life skills and peace education, and peace clubs—how it might do so even more effectively, and the challenges facing programme efforts.

This report examines the PBEA’s support to Life Skills and Peacebuilding Education, curriculum development, the extent to which the programme is promoting equity for traditionally marginalized pastoral communities and girls, as well as engaging youth in peacebuilding processes. The report identifies strong results being achieved across several programme Outcomes, and very encouraging signs of increasing levels of social cohesion and resilience among conflict affected and vulnerable communities.

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