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close this bookMeeting the Humanitarian Challenge - UNV's Work Between Conflict and Development (United Nations Volunteers, 44 p.)
close this folderUNV humanitarian action in the field: Effort and impact
View the documentThe link to development: UNDP's strategic role
View the documentSupporting field coordination of response to complex emergencies
View the documentIdentifying the neediest and their survival strategies
View the documentRe-focusing and fine-tuning relief efforts
View the documentDelivery of urgent relief supplies to emergency victims
View the documentShelter and services for refugees and displacees
View the documentRepatriation/return of refugees and displacees
View the documentMonitoring and promoting respect for human rights, and enabling protection
View the documentConfidence- and capacity-building at community level
View the documentPreventing conflict and mending bridges between communities
View the documentFocusing on the special needs of women and vulnerable groups
View the documentEducation as therapy and for employment
View the documentRestoring food self-sufficiency
View the documentRebuilding primary health care and preventing epidemics
View the documentDeveloping new opportunities for sustainable recovery

Education as therapy and for employment

Revitalising education can be an important way of normalising society in post-conflict situations. UNV specialists have been fielded to support 'Operation Lifeline Sudan' which brings vital relief supplies to targeted beneficiaries in southern Sudan. UNVs are also providing badly needed services to UNICEF programmes - one of which is an educational programme for war orphans and children severely affected by post-trauma stress. A similar programme is being developed with UNESCO and UNICEF for war orphans who are swelling the ranks of street children and unemployed youth in the cities of Angola. UNV specialists will provide the international experience and expertise to support the latter programme, for which funds have not yet been obtained.

Another special programme awaiting funding would focus on restarting various courses at the University of Liberia in war-torn Monrovia. UNV hopes to bring back experienced lecturers from the region as UNV specialists. In due course, it is hoped that UNV specialists will be provided to do similar work in Somalia.

Children should not be penalised: education should resume as quickly a possible.