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27 Feb 2017 description

In this interview, Interpeace’s Great Lakes Programme Coordinator, Isabelle Peter, discusses the organization’s peace education initiative in the three countries of Rwanda, Burundi and the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The peace education initiative is part of Interpeace’s Cross-Border Peacebuilding programme, implemented in collaboration with six regional organisations in the region.

What is Peace Education, and how does it fit into Interpeace’s efforts to build lasting peace in the Great Lakes region?

27 Feb 2017 description

On 15 – 16 February 2017, Interpeace participated in the SDG4 Regional Forum for Eastern Africa in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The high level forum – organized by UNESCO with the support of the SDG4 co-conveners (ILO, UNFPA, UNDP, UNICEF, UN Women, UNHCR and the World Bank) – seeks to enable Member States under the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa (Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda) to present their national SDG4 roadmaps in support of the implementation of the 2030 Education Agenda.

23 Jul 2015 description


All children deserve safe, accessible and culturally appropriate school buildings — regardless of class, creed, gender or ability. When children live in hazard-prone places where high winds, earthquakes, floods and other hazards threaten them, they need schools and grounds that protect them.

Yet recent disasters around the world attest to the fragility of many schools.

10 Mar 2015 description

The UNESCO Representative in the DRC, Mr. Diallo Abdourahamane, together with government officials from Goma and Rutshuru, has recently launched a school construction and rehabilitation programme.

The present project, funded by the Government of Japan, is part of UNESCO’s broader Programme of Emergency Support to the Education system in Rutshuru Territory in the North Kivu province, which has been implemented since July 2014.

28 Dec 2014 description

"The realization of the right to education is everyone's business. I am proud to see that here, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, this is not just a slogan, but a deep conviction as the mutual commitment of the authorities and civil society is strong.

21 Dec 2014 description

During their joint visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on 16 September, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, and United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown welcomed the commitment of the DRC at the highest level to education. This joint visit was designed to support national mobilization for education and strengthen cooperation with the international community. The DRC Government has placed education at the heart of its fight against poverty and its national strategy for economic and social development.

31 Jul 2014 description

Background paper prepared for the Education for all global monitoring report 2015, Education for All 2000-2015: achievements and challenges (ED/EFA/MRT/2015/PI/18)

16 Jun 2014 description

Out of school and out of luck

New Reports show that many will never set foot in a classroom

DAKAR/NAIROBI, 16 June 2014 – Despite major progress over the past decade, sub-Saharan Africa is still home to more than half of all the out-of-school children of primary school-age in the world. Moreover, millions who are in school are learning little.

04 Oct 2013 description
Campaign Briefing

UNESCO calls for strengthened sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health services for young people in Eastern and Southern Africa

A UNESCO report and United Nations-led campaign were launched today urging ministers from Eastern and Southern Africa to respond to continuing high levels of HIV infection, unintended pregnancy and low HIV prevention knowledge impacting on the region’s 158m adolescents and young people.

31 May 2012 description

Overcrowded classrooms, too few trained teachers, insufficient schoolbooks and few toilets, often without separation between boys and girls: these are some of the problems facing primary school students in Sub-Saharan Africa. A statistical survey of school and teaching resources in the region by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) highlights these challenges which undermine children’s chances to succeed in their studies*.

30 May 2012 description

Classes surchargées, enseignants insuffisamment formés ou trop peu nombreux, manuels scolaires en nombre insuffisant, toilettes inexistantes ou sans séparation entre filles et garçons : tel est le lot d’un grand nombre d’élèves du primaire dans l’Afrique subsaharienne. C’est le constat que dresse l’Institut de statistique de l’UNESCO (ISU) dans une étude sur les ressources scolaires et pédagogiques en Afrique subsaharienne*.

12 Oct 2011 description

La Directrice générale de l’UNESCO, Irina Bokova a condamné le meurtre de cinq travailleurs humanitaires dans le domaine de l’éducation et de deux civils dans la province du Sud-Kivu en République démocratique du Congo, le 4 octobre. Irina Bokova a également demandé qu’une enquête approfondie soit menée pour faire la lumière sur ce crime.

01 Mar 2011 description

Paris/New York, 1er mars- 28 millions d'enfants sont privés d'éducation en raison des conflits armés qui les exposent aux viols, aux violences sexuelles, à des attaques ciblées sur leurs écoles et à d'autres atteintes aux droits de l'homme, selon le Rapport mondial 2011 de suivi sur l'Education pour tous de l'UNESCO.

Intitulé La crise cachée : les conflits armés et l'éducation, le rapport rappelle que le monde n'atteindra certainement pas d'ici 2015 les six objectifs de l'Education pour tous pour lesquels 160 pays se sont engagés en 2000.

01 Mar 2011 description

Los conflictos bélicos constituyen uno de los mayores problemas que en materia de desarrollo afronta la comunidad internacional. Más allá del sufrimiento que causan, son fuentes de pobreza, desigualdad y estancamiento económico. A menudo los niños y los sistemas educativos se encuentran expuestos a la violencia en la primera línea del conflicto.

24 Jun 2009 description

by IIEP and the CfBT Education Trust,

Education is a key factor in restoring normalcy and hope and in providing physical, psychosocial and cognitive protection in emergency situations.

However, few donors have humanitarian policies that explicitly include education from the onset of a humanitarian response.

This book gives an overview of the policies, strategies and financial commitments of the 23 influential Western donors that constitute the OECD in relation to education in fragile and conflictaffected states.

27 Nov 2008 description

Paris, 27 November - The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the killing of Didace Namujimbo of Radio Okapi in Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He welcomed the call of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for a full investigation of this crime.

"I condemn the murder of Didace Namujimbo," Mr Matsuura declared. "Journalists are being targeted because of their work, yet telling the story is particularly important in view of the extreme violence affecting the region.

05 Feb 1999 description

Paris, February 5 {No.99-17} - UNESCO Director-General Federico Mayor today expressed his deep concern over the ever increasing number of African countries afflicted by violence. "Deadly conflicts, which fail to draw the attention they deserve in the media and in the conscience of people around the world, are coming on top of poverty, exclusion and the scourge of disease," he declared.

27 Oct 1998 description

Paris, October 27 {No.98-239} - UNESCO Director-General Federico Mayor today reiterated that the solution to conflicts which are ravaging so many countries - notably Democratic Republic of Congo - is to be found in the polling booth, not in violence.

25 Aug 1998 description

UNESCO Director-General Federico Mayor today condemned the massacre of civilians in Kasika, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and called on all parties to the conflict, including neighbouring states, to lay down their arms and go to the negotiating table.