Symposium 2017: Preparing Educators for Peacebuilding in Violent Conflicts

Preparing Educators for Peacebuilding in Violent Conflicts

Florence, Italy

The Georg Arnhold Symposium 2017 will explore ways to support educators working in situations of highly escalated conflict, widespread violence and transitions from war to peace, with the aim of empowering educators and allowing the education sector, as a whole, to contribute to sustainable and positive peace.

The Symposium’s main objective is to provide a venue to share up to date, relevant knowledge on training of teachers and educators for peacebuilding in violence, armed conflict and post-violence settings. The search for constructive responses to violence in the educational system takes place at the personal, organizational, and societal levels. Understanding the preparation of educators working in all of these settings – and their attitudes, approaches and values – is essential. Teachers are at the heart of the educational endeavor, they face challenges and risks in their everyday professional life – particularly in conflict and post-conflict settings, and need to find possibility and space for transformative action. Understanding and supporting their work, in the context of the pressures on their organizations and the educational system in which they work is an essential step towards developing better educational responses to armed conflict and violence.

The Georg Arnhold Symposium 2017 is organized together with the Office of Research – Innocenti.

The Office of Research – Innocenti is UNICEF’s dedicated research centre. Its core mandate is to undertake cutting-edge, policy-relevant research that equips the organization and the wider global community to deliver results for children. To achieve its mandate UNICEF Innocenti works closely together with all parts of its parent organization as well as a wide array of external academic and research institutions. Innocenti’s position, firmly rooted in the global UNICEF network and fully engaged as an independent research body with leading universities and institutes in all regions of the world promotes a dynamic, real-time discourse on the generation of knowledge about children.

The experts of the symposium were

  • Cornelia BRINKMANN, Steps for Peace – Berlin (Germany)
  • Meenakshi CHHABRA, Lesley University – Boston (USA)
  • Deyanira CLERIGA MORALES, Voces Mesoamericanas, Chiapas (Mexico)
  • Simone DATZBERGER, University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  • Lynn DAVIES, University of Birmingham (UK)
  • Celina DEL FELICE, The Network University (Netherlands)
  • Sara FERRAIOLI, Maestri di Strada – Naples (Italy)
  • Uli JAEGER, Berghof Foundation (Germany)
  • Heather KERTYZIA, University for Peace (Costa Rica)/California State University Dominguez Hills (USA)
  • Jakob KIRCHHEIMER, Georg Eckert Institute – Braunschweig (Germany)
  • Karina KOROSTELINA, George Mason University – Washington (USA)
  • Mieke LOPES CARDOZO, University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  • Eleonora MURA, Arigatou International Foundation – Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Dan Noel ODABA, United States International University – Africa – Nairobi (Kenya)
  • Paolo PAGLIAI, Alta Escuela para la Justicia (Mexico)
  • Maria Andrea ROCHA, Centro Nacional de Memória Histórica (Colombia)
  • Atenea ROSADO, University of Mexico (Mexico)