The role of education in building social cohesion and sustainable peace
A girl holds a slate with the alphabet. Credit: UNICEF/UNI145619/Asselin

Co-hosted by the Global Partnership for Education, The World Bank, and UNICEF, this event provides a forum for discussion and debate with key actors influencing and formulating policy making in relation to education for peacebuilding and how education services can be made more relevant to this aim. 


Location: World Bank Preston Auditorium. 1818 H Street, Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia 20433

Day 1: Wednesday, 06 April 2016

Evening cocktail reception

Time: 18:00-21:00

  • Welcome: Hamish Young, UNICEF
  • Opening: Claudia Costin, The World Bank
  • Keynote speech: Mario Novelli, University of Sussex
  • Learning for Peace program videos
  • Musical performance: We Want Peace by Emmanuel Jal

Day 2: Thursday, 07 April 2016

Knowledge sharing and discussions

  • 09:30-09:35 - Welcome: Alice Albright, Global Partnership for Education
  • 09:35-10:05 - Opening “TED-like talk”: Neil Johnson, University of Miami
  • 10:05-11:15 - Panel discussion 1: Policy that recognizes the role of education for peacebuilding
    • The role of social services for peacebuilding: Jago Salmon, UN Peacebuilding Support Office
    • Education and resilience approaches: From conventional to relevant education services in post-conflict situations: Joel Reyes, The World Bank
    • Education policy for peacebuilding: Alan Smith, University of Ulster
    • Risk-informed education sector plans: Jennifer Hofmann, UNICEF
    • Q&A and discussion
  • 11:15-11:35 - Coffee break
  • 11:35-12:45 - Panel Discussion 2: Equity and social cohesion
    • Education inequality and violent conflict: Carina Omoeva, Family Health International (FHI 360)
    • Teacher agency and peacebuilding: Mario Novelli, University of Sussex
    • Youth agency and peacebuilding: Sean Higgins, University of Amsterdam
    • Q&A and discussion
  • 12:40-13:00 - Learning for Peace program video
  • 13:00-14:00 - Lunch
  • 14:00-15:00 - Panel discussion 3: Strengthening social cohesion through social services
    • Early childhood development services and peacebuilding: Pia Britto, UNICEF
    • Gender, education, and peacebuilding: Anju Malhotra, UNICEF
    • Education and transitional justice: Roger Duthie, International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ)
    • Q&A and discussion
  • 15:00-15:15 - Coffee break
  • 15:15-15:45 - Interview
    • M&E of impacts on social cohesion: Patrick Vinck, Harvard University 15:45-16:45 - Closing
  • 15:45-16:45 - Closing
    • First discussant: Michael Lopuke, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of the Republic of South Sudan
    • Second discussant: Nina Papadopoulos, USAID
A girl holds a slate with the alphabet. Credit: UNICEF/UNI145619/Asselin
Event type: Conferences