UNICEF and European Union launch peacebuilding initiative for adolescents and youth in Cox’s Bazar

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6 October 2019 – To strengthen social cohesion in Cox’s Bazar, UNICEF and the European Union launched a peacebuilding programme for 20,500 adolescents and youth from Bangladeshi and Rohingya communities. The first centres or “social hubs” for the peacebuilding programme were inaugurated in Jamtoli and Shamlapur this week, with three more social hubs opening soon.

“Investing in adolescents and young people is one of the smartest things we can do. They are the future leaders of their communities. This project helps to empower young people with knowledge and skills in innovative ways – through building skills for adaptability, peacebuilding skills, sports, recreation and adolescent focused programmes. Empowered young people support the development of an increasingly tolerant and inclusive society” says UNICEF Representative to Bangladesh, Tomoo Hozumi.

The social hubs are part of a € 3.3 million programme funded by the European Union to engage the next generation of adolescents as agents of change in their communities. The social hubs are spaces where young people can socialize, share skills and learn about peacebuilding and conflict resolution.

“The European Union is proud to bring young people from different backgrounds together to share experiences in a safe, supportive, learning environment. We are bridging gaps between communities and laying strong foundations for harmonious relations and social cohesion,” says EU Ambassador to Bangladesh, H.E. Rensje Teerink.

Over 12,000 parents, community and religious leaders from the Bangladeshi and Rohingya communities will be reached through dialogue and awareness raising activities to discuss social issues affecting their children and communities and find solutions.

Since the onset of the humanitarian response in August 2017, the European Union has provided over €25.6 million to UNICEF to support Rohingya refugees and host communities, providing safe water, nutrition, education, child protection and gender-based violence support services.

“The European Union is a key partner for UNICEF and we look forward to continuing this collaboration to support adolescents and young people from the Rohingya and host communities,” highlights Tomoo Hozumi, UNICEF Representative in Bangladesh.


Notes to editors:

For more information, please contact:

Alexandra Murdoch, 0207 375 6179, AlexandraM@unicef.org.uk

Unicef UK Media Team, 0207 375 6030, media@unicef.org.uk

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