UNESCO is developing emergency education programmes for children and youth in the Caucasus and Central Asia. Nearly all young people in the conflict areas of these two regions of former Soviet Union have been affected by tragic events, ethnic violence, social disintegration, economic decline, etc. Both parents and teachers are ill-equipped to deal with the problems and needs of their children.
This area of the world is rich in the arts and theater. Art forms such as puppetry, dance and music are popular and loved by all. We have been working with local artists to develop puppet theaters, dance groups and art competitions as part of our school and community-based education programmes for refugees, displaced persons, victims of civil war etc.
We would like to hear from you and exchange ideas especially in areas relating to trauma and coping strategies. As part of our evolving educational programme in the Caucasus (namely Georgia) and Central Asia (namely Tajikistan), we could envisage exchange visits, technical cooperation, puppet and theater tours etc.
We hope to hear from you.
Susan Van der Vynckt Senior Programme Specialist Division of Basic Education
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