2021 International Day of Peace: ECPC Chair on the role of education in building peace through ECD

World Peace Day greeting illustration, International social help concept. Paper origami dove of peace with olive branch. © Lovekish4u | Dreamstime.com
World Peace Day greeting illustration, International social help concept. Paper origami dove of peace with olive branch. © Lovekish4u | Dreamstime.com

The International Day of Peace

Background

2021 Theme · Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world

CETYS · The role of higher education in building peace

CETYS Universidad International Day of Peace event poster
  • Welcome remarks by Ramu Damodaran, former Chief, Academic Impact of the United Nations
  • Video message from Ban Ki-Moon, 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Opening remarks by Dr. Fernando León García, President CETYS University
  • Remarks by Dr. Francisco Rojas, Rector, University for Peace (Costa Rica)
  • Remarks by Ambassador Fatima Kyari Mohammed, African Union Permanent Observer to the United Nations
  • Remarks by four Presidents, Members of International Association of University Presidents: Dr. Pornchai Mongkhonvanit, Siam University (Siam); Dr. Michele Nealon, Chicago School of Professional Psychology (U.S.A.); Dr. Henri Hatayama, JF Oberin University (Japan); and Dr. Kyun Tae Hahn, Kyung Hee University (South Korea)
  • Remarks by Dr. Thomas Hill, Peace Studies, New York University
  • Remarks by Diya Abdo “Every Campus a Refuge” initiative
  • Remarks by Dr. Rima Salah, Yale School of Medicine, Early Childhood Peace Consortium (ECPC)
  • Video message from U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres
  • Closing remarks by Dr. Fernando León García, President CETYS University

Higher education produces scientific evidence that supports the transformative power of early childhood development (ECD) in building more peaceful societies

Dr. Rima Salah, Chair — Early Childhood Peace Consortium (ECPC). Photo: N. Fallon
Rima Salah, PhD — Chairperson Early Childhood Peace Consortium. Photo: N. Fallon
  1. Empower every woman, man, girl, and boy. Help them rebuild their lives, fulfill their human rights, and restore their dignity;
  2. Persist in the pursuit of knowledge. Address the gaps in science with a focus on interdisciplinary research to reinforce the evidence that participation of families, women, youth, and children in all aspects of building and sustaining peace is transformative and has a tangible impact on building peaceful, just, and inclusive societies; and
  3. Reinforce the evidence. Quality early childhood programs cannot only disrupt cycles of injustice and inequality, but build a strong foundation for social justice and social cohesion

Dr. Salah’s remarks make it clear — we cannot achieve peace alone, and we need our children, the future leaders of the world, to help us achieve it.

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Early Childhood Peace Consortium (ECPC)

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We can build a just and peaceful world where all children are the stars of today and leaders of tomorrow.

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