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Children and Conflict in Southern Sierra Leone

UNICEF Sierra Leone has been exploring the linkages between education and peace building through targeted actions such as the Child Friendly Schools action research programme. The Child Friendly Schools initiative is a multi-dimensional concept of quality that addresses the total needs of the child as a learner. 


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Justice Transitionnelle

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Cote D’Ivoire experienced a decade of civil war and political crises between 2002 and 2007. Following democratic elections in 2010, the capital erupted once more into ethnically motivated violence and the politicization of children and youth, both as victims and perpetrators of divisions and violence. There are to date few nonpartisan safe spaces for youth to engage in reflection about the past conflict and in constructive dialogue about their role and responsibilities in shaping Cote d’Ivoire’s future. See all the testimonies in full here.


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Clubs Messagers de Paix

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Cote D’Ivoire experienced a decade of civil war and political crisis between 2002 and 2011. Harmful political influence has infiltrated secondary schools through politicalized and violent students and teachers syndicates and gangs, making them increasingly dangerous environments for students and staff. To address this issue, the Ministry of Education introduced The Peace Clubs, at the end of the crisis in 2011 to promote peace in schools. They are a students led mechanism for conflict prevention and resolution. 


The Kavokiva Co-operative in Ivory Coast

In this participatory video project 12 cocoa farmers made a video, which focused on the negative impacts of deforestation. They succeeded in generating a video that carries the seldom heard voices of Ivorian cocoa farmers, and clearly demonstrates the problems that they are experiencing as a result of climate change. The completed video has the potential to raise awareness of how climate change is impacting on people in this region and may serve to generate interest in supporting efforts to mitigate these problems.


Climate Change Adaptation and Human Rights in Niger

In January 2011, a group of representatives from Nigerien non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working on climate adaptation and human rights in Niger were brought together for a participatory video workshop. During the training, two short films were produced illustrating community based adaptation initiatives supported by UNDP in two respective villages in the Dakoro commune. This training was supported by UNDP/GEF Community-BASED adaptation (CBA) programme.


Cameroon

For too long the Baka peoples, who are traditional forest dwellers of Central Africa, have been discriminated against, abused and marginalised. Through the development of a Peoples Video Hub called Okani (“Rise Up”) they have secured funding to continue their Participatory Video projects amongst the people of the Central African forests.
Countries: Cameroon

Facing Changes in African Forests

Forest dwellers feel the heat as traditional seasons fail. Fruits are rotting on the trees due to the excessive heat. Even the forest floor is drying up. ‘Facing Changes in African Forests’ was created by members of the Baka community in eastern Cameroon during a Participatory Video training in April 2009.