Posted by: africanpressorganization | 15 June 2011

Press Conference: Special Report on Impact of Armed Conflict on Education in Southern Sudan

 


 

 

 

Press Conference: Special Report on Impact of Armed Conflict on Education in Southern Sudan

 

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 15, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Press Conference: Special Report on Impact of Armed Conflict on Education in Southern Sudan

 

 

WHO: Kevin Watkins, UNESCO Director, Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report

 

WHEN: 17 June 2011 at 10.00 am

 

WHERE: Hilton Hotel, Nairobi

 

 

WHAT: In March 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) released the 2011 Education for All Global Monitoring Report on the theme Armed Conflict and Education. According to the report, Armed conflict is robbing millions of African children of an education by exposing them to widespread rape and other sexual violence, targeted attacks on schools and other human rights abuses. The patterns of violence observed during intra-state wars are not only a source of widespread insecurity and poverty, but also have a devastating impact on children and education systems. Children subjected to the trauma, insecurity and displacement that come with armed conflict are unlikely to achieve their potential for learning. Moreover, armed groups often view destruction of schools and the targeting of schoolchildren and teachers as a legitimate military strategy.

 

Southern Sudan, which recently voted for independence from the north, has suffered the brunt of war for decades. Mr. Kevin Watkins, the UNESCO Director of the EFA Global Monitoring report based in Paris will be in Nairobi on Friday, 17th June 2011 to present a special report on the immense education challenges faced by Southern Sudan, and the key role education can play to accelerate the country’s development, peace and prosperity. Mr. Watkins will thereafter proceed to Juba, Southern Sudan for a policy seminar on the issue.

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS


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