Children education is a key factor in ensuring that children can be prepared for the realities of life and a successful future. The key to this is to provide a safe, stimulating environment where children are encouraged to develop their natural abilities. To do this, there are three factors that need to be considered. These are: protection, transformation and prosperity.
A source of protection during times of armed conflict
In times of armed conflict, one source of protection is the protection of the environment. During such a period, the health of the environment may be threatened, creating severe consequences for humankind. For instance, if the war causes a major degradation of the environment, it can lead to climate change.
In such situations, states should not engage in unregulated exploitation of natural resources. They should instead focus on rendering harmless hazardous remnants of the war and restoring the environment. The United Nations (UN) has begun developing a set of principles for protecting the environment during armed conflict.
These 27 draft principles are set to be adopted in May 2022 by the UN’s International Law Commission. However, it is still a matter of whether or not the principles will be implemented. If they are, they will need to be backed up by actions. Governments can play an important role in promoting awareness of the principles among the general public. This can include supporting the initiatives of journalists’ and media associations.
A source of prosperity during times of peace
If peace is a state of freedom, justice and solidarity, then education is a key contributor to a peaceful society. Peace education is a process of developing individual skills to help solve conflicts nonviolently. This is a critical element in building an equitable future for developing countries.
The Council of Europe has over forty years of experience in promoting peace and preventing war. It has encouraged and supported youth-led projects for peace education. In this context, the Youth Peace Ambassadors project is a way to promote the values of the Council of Europe and the peacebuilding principles of its Member States, in conflict-affected areas.
Specifically, the Youth Peace Ambassadors program engages youth leaders in grassroots peace education projects in the conflict-affected region of Prijepolje. These projects help youth leaders recognize their prejudices, and to develop intercultural learning. They also help to implement and transform the conflict situation into a more realistic reality.
Among its other goals, peace education aims to promote individual and community skills for living in a peaceful society. A successful peace education programme is one that encourages children to appreciate and respect the differences of others, and to learn how to solve conflicts without violence.
A source of transformation during times of extreme weather
One of the biggest challenges in preparing for, and surviving, the next climate change disaster is figuring out how to better understand and quantify the cost and risks of such a catastrophe. The science of hazard modeling can help identify the best mitigation and recovery strategies to ensure we are less likely to suffer similar future catastrophes. However, the costs and risks of extreme weather are escalating at an alarming rate. For instance, extreme heat and drought are now the most common types of natural disasters in the global south. As such, a well-informed community could make a big impact in the coming years. Luckily, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how to do so. A good place to start is to create an open-source database of such events. By pooling resources, we can quickly develop a toolbox of proven, effective mitigation and recovery solutions.
Among the many challenges we will face, identifying the most cost-effective and risky mitigation and recovery measures is the top priority. We can’t ignore the fact that many of these problems are related to one another, making them particularly difficult to separate. At the same time, we have to consider the importance of assessing the long term consequences of such short-term interventions.
A source of noncognitive skills
Noncognitive skills (NCS) are important aspects of human functioning, including patterns of thought, feeling, and behaviors. These abilities may affect socioeconomic outcomes, health, and longevity. Although education traditionally places a greater emphasis on cognitive skills, there is an increasing focus on noncognitive skills in recent years. In addition to identifying economic value for skills, research also explores their genetic architecture.
Many social policy intervention efforts target noncognitive skills in children. Despite the importance of NCS in the future, there is little consensus on how to measure or quantify them. Studies have investigated various methods, but some of the most useful measures of noncognitive skills are personality types.
Personality types, a broad classification of behavioral traits, are stable across the lifespan. Their correlations with each other are low. However, they have a heritability estimate of 0.5. This allows researchers to isolate a genetic signal. They have test-retest reliability of 0.31.
Studies on NCS have reported that they explain 20-25% of the gradient in all-cause mortality by income, occupation, and education. In addition, they have been independently associated with health inequalities.