Toward a Culture of Peace

“If there is to be peace in the world, we must begin with the children” – (M. Gandhi)

With the appropriate kind of support (health, well-being, education and care), mothers, fathers, families and children have the power to reduce disadvantage, violence, and break the inter-generational effect within communities and society.  Moving from ‘survive’ to ‘thrive’ could then become a reality.

Mothers, children and families  have the power to bring peace – and peace is more than the absence of conflict. They are a key element for peace-building,  but also for a sustainable development of our economy and our society.

It is for these reasons that that we created our Global Initiative and the Mother and Child Manifesto!

Too many children are not thriving and are just surviving, too many parents and expectant parents  need help and support. How can we hope for peace if peace if peace is not engrained during the very early years of a child, and even earlier, in the womb, as a normal and natural state?

We strongly believe that support for early parenting and early child care and education can have a lifelong impact on a child’s physical, emotional and mental health, and that is why we invite you to support our Manifesto, to share it with your friends and colleagues, and together we can do great things to build healthier, fairer and more peaceful societies!

“At the level of the individual, early childhood provides a unique opportunity to address issues that would contribute to transform the culture of war to a culture of peace…

The events that a child experiences early in life, the education that the child receives, and the community activities and social and social mind-set in which a child is immersed, all contribute to  values, attitudes,  traditions, modes of behaviour, and ways of life develop.”

Pathway to Peace – The transforming power of children and families
– James Leckmann, Catherine Panter-Brick, Rima Salah


CEPPs at the United Nations during the Geneva Peace Week (6-10 November 2017)

Geneva Peace Week, November 2017 – OMEP and CEPPS at the UN

Ms Rima Salah is the Chair of the Early Childhood and Peace Consortium  – (ECPC) launched in September 2013 at UNICEF House in New York.

The founding partners of the Early Childhood Peace Consortium are UNICEF, Yale University, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, The Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV), Sesame Workshop, Early Years, Fetzer Institute and Foundation Child.


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