Formative Childhood and Peace Building
Scientific evidence supporting families and children as agents of change for peace
Formative childhood: A pathway to grow peace?
Young children and their families are progressively being exposed to greater violence in homes, schools and communities, and among nations. In our search for solutions we turn to science. Evidence from the field of early childhood development (ECD) clearly demonstrates that lasting and intergenerational change can occur through interventions early in life. To break the cycle of violence and promote peaceful societies, the developmental needs of young children must be the primary focus.
Yale University, UNICEF, AÇEV Foundation, and the Fetzer Institute and other global partners have embarked on a joint project to achieve the common objective of analyzing the linkages between early childhood development (ECD) and peace building through scientific research, to disseminate results and advocate for better policies on global platforms - as a pathway to sustainable peace.
Pathways to peace: The transformative power of children and families
Edited by James F. Leckman, Catherine Panter-Brick and Rima Salah / Yale University
Can more peaceful childhoods promote a culture of peace? Increasing evidence from a broad range of disciplines shows that how we raise our children affects the propensity for conflict and the potential for peace within a given community. More ...
In the Spotlight
TEDMED / Nadine Burke Harris / How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime
VIDEO Sept. 2014 / Pediatrician Harris makes an impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of childhood trauma, head-on.
TEDxPodgorica / Benjamin Perks / How do we stop childhood adversity from becoming a life sentence?
VIDEO Mar 2015 / Adverse childhood experiences are physical, sexual or emotional abuse and neglect as well as witnessing family violence, addiction or mental health episodes in the household.New evidence from the field of neuroscience explains the direct link between the level of adversity in childhood and worse outcomes in adulthood in health, addiction, imprisonment, education and life success Ways to prevent and respond to childhood adversity and support victims, including integrated child protection systems, better equipped education systems and breaking the public taboo on the theme