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The first virtual summer school on child protection in armed conflict ends this week – World

New York/Valletta, September 8, 2022 — The first virtual summer school on Child Protection in Armed Conflict ends tomorrow, but this unique two-week training will hopefully pave the way for more. other learning opportunities on the children and armed conflict agenda.

This virtual summer school served as an important capacity building tool and provided a full program to 42 participants selected from over 300 applications. The training was specifically designed to bring together partners from diverse professional backgrounds and build their capacity to support the implementation of the children and armed conflict agenda.

“The children and armed conflict agenda is multidimensional and I am happy that we have managed to bring together so many brilliant professionals from different backgrounds from all over the world – at least 24 countries – including from and/or working in countries that are about children and armed conflict,” said the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba. “We hope that participants will bring the knowledge gained through this program to their careers. and that it will support efforts to protect children affected by conflict in more sectors of work.”
This pilot project was developed by the Office of the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict in collaboration and with the generous support of the Government of Malta and the University of Malta.

Dr Ian Borg, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade of Malta, expressed his belief that the content of the course and the discussions held over the past two weeks will contribute to strengthening the protection and safeguarding the interests of children who find themselves in an armed conflict. Minister Borg reiterated Malta’s commitment to continue working to ensure that children and armed conflict remain at the top of the agenda of the international community.

“It is also why children and armed conflict are a priority issue for Malta during its next two-year term as non-permanent members of the UN Security Council, during which time Malta will continue to to advocate for increased awareness of the needs of children in armed conflict, and to work closely with the Office of the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, and with its international partners, to seek to meet those needs,” said Dr Ian Borg.

Professor Alfred Vella, Rector of the University of Malta, pointed out that the virtual summer school is not only aligned with the work of certain faculties, centers and institutes of the university, but that it is also resonates with “our commitment to promoting equity, diversity, and protecting human rights, including those of vulnerable and marginalized children and youth.” He said the university summer will contribute to promoting just, peaceful and inclusive societies, including the safety and protection of children and other vulnerable populations, as called for in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 16.

Special Representative Gamba added that feedback from participants and key trainers will contribute to a feedback process to explore possible avenues for follow-up activities, including future training opportunities. Recommendations from this process will be shared at a high-level event in 2023.

“The virtual summer school will most certainly prepare future experts to convey the voice of innocent girls and boys for better protection against the dramatic impact of armed conflict. It used the latest cutting-edge technologies, including stands exhibition, a networking lounge, interactive exercises, and the integration of a playful approach.The main trainers and guest speakers have been carefully selected based on their diverse backgrounds and their ability to move from abstract concepts to concrete successes or challenges they have encountered on the ground in all corners of the world,” said Meryem Mouna, a VSS participant working as a child protection officer with MINUSCA in the Central African Republic.

“I would like to thank the lead trainers, guest speakers and panelists without whom the virtual summer school would not have been possible. And a sincere thank you to all the participants who took the time, despite their schedule charged, to apply and participate in this virtual summer school”, concluded Virginia Gamba.

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For more information, please contact:

Fabienne Vinet, Communications Officer, Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict

+1-212-963-5986 (office) / +1-917-288-5791 (mobile) / vinet@un.org

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