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Child soldiers and security forces (UNV.2017.003)

Promote Sustainable Peace
Deadline: Closed
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Type:
Course
Location:
Web Based
Date:
4 Jan 2017 to 28 Feb 2017
Duration of event:
4 Weeks
Programme Area:
Peacekeeping
Specific Target Audience:
No
Price:
$250.00
The course is open exclusively to United Nations Volunteers, holding a valid contract. Please note that a verfication will be carried out by UNVs Programme prior to the beginning of the course. Only those participants for whom possession of a valid contract is confirmed will be enrolled in the course. No reimboursement will be possible for participants who enroll without a valid UNV contract.
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According to the UN Secretary-General’s 2014 Annual  Report  on  Children  and Armed Conflict, 7 national armies and 50 armed groups operating in 14 countries recruit and use child soldiers.   These children and youths are viewed as cheap and  expendable labour  and  are easy to manipulate and control by commanders. They are used as combatants, messengers, porters and cooks and to provide forced sexual   services.  Some   are   abducted or  forcibly recruited,  while others  are driven to join by poverty, abuse and discrimination,  or  to  seek revenge for violence enacted  against them  or  their families.

By offering innovative training to security sector actors who encounter child soldiers in the field, UNITAR PTP and the Dallaire Initiative are joining efforts to create a world in which children are no longer used as a weapon of war.

The objective of this course is to advance a better understanding of the phenomenon of child soldiering, as well as the reasons behind the use of children in armed conflicts. The course also aims to provide an overview of the possible options  for interactions between police, military and child soldiers and the possible actions to prevent children’s recruitment and re- recruitment.


At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Outline the major issues related to the phenomenon of child soldiers;
  • Identify legal instruments that discipline the protection of civilians in conflict situations;
  • Illustrate possible options for interactions with child soldiers;
  • Discuss strategies for preventing the recruitment and re-recruitment of children as soldiers;

he course is structured as four successive modules, defined as follows:

 

Module 0 – Children and armed conflict

This module introduces the topic of child soldiers by framing it within the broader discussion  of contemporary  conflict. It describes new methods  of warfare and focuses upon the impact that conflict has on children.

 

Module 1 –Introduction to the issue of child soldiers

The module provides the essential information   necessary  to   understand the complexity of the child soldier phenomenon, by offering an introduction to and an overview of the issue of child soldiers. Module one expands upon  the definition of child soldiers – as outlined in  the  Paris Principles – and  discusses how  and  why  child  soldiers  are  used. It  explores the  driving factors and  risk factors that lead children to be recruited.

 

 

 

Module 2 – International legal framework

Module two examines the existing legal instruments  that apply to child soldiers. It also discusses the legal   consequences   for   infringement of these provisions and the ensuing accountability mechanisms.

 

 

Module 3- Interacting with child soldiers

Module three focuses upon security sector interactions with child soldiers and begins by offering an overview of the different types of interactions that may occur between national and/or international military and police forces and child soldiers.

This module provides substantive guidance on tactics, techniques and procedures   to   handle   armed   groups that  use child soldiers and  offers basic operational guidance.

 

 

Module 4- Preventing the recruitment and/or re- recruitment of child soldiers

Module four  discusses strategies aimed at preventing the recruitment and re- recruitment   of   children   as   soldiers. It  elaborates  upon  the  importance   of including children  in peace agreements and  demobilization  plans  and  stresses the importance of cooperation among different   actors   on   the   ground   for the development of a comprehensive programme     strateg y    that    includes activities  at   different   societal  levels. The   module   concludes   by   exploring the  consequences  of  failing to  prevent the recruitment and re-recruitment of children as soldiers.

 

By embedding the learning content in a scenario setting, this course enables  participants  to  feel as  though they are part of a mission context while enhancing their knowledge on the issue of child soldiers. Through the scenarios, learners are constantly challenged to reflect upon possible strategies to identify child soldiers, to interact with them and lastly to find strategies to prevent their recruitment and re-recruitment.

The e-learning course adopts UNITAR’s approach to delivering learning content in an innovative format. UNITAR optimizes the use of available technologies with the objective of offering multiple instructional settings, catering to personal learning styles. Instructional  design methods are applied, which prioritise interaction  and support explorative and collaborative learning. Social activities are frequently incorporated to support the learning process, facilitate networking among professionals and encourage the sharing of   experience. 

The course is open exclusively to United Nations Volunteers, holding a valid contract. Please note that a verfication will be carried out by UNVs Programme prior to the beginning of the course. Only those participants for whom possession of a valid contract is confirmed will be enrolled in the course.

No reimboursement will be possible for participants who enroll without a valid UNV contract.

 

Technical Requirements

  • Minimum hardware and software requirements:
  • Platform: Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT, ME, XP or superior; MacOS 9 or MacOS X.
  • Hardware: 64 MB of RAM, 1 GB of free disk space.
  • Software:
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader (download for free at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html).
    • Adobe Flash Player (download for free at http:/get.adobe.com/flashplayer)
    • Microsoft Office (Windows or Apple version) or Open Office (download for free at http://www.openoffice.org )
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 8 (download for free at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internetexplorer/worldwide‐sites.aspx; works better with Firefox 3.6 or higher (download for free at http://www.mozilla‐europe.org/en/firefox). Note JavaScript & Cookies must be enabled.
  • Modem: 56 K

The course Introduction to Peace Operations has been awarded the 2012  international Open ECBCheck Standards. 

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