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Children's Spiritual Development

Affirming the human dignity of young children, and fostering their spiritual development and right to grow up in safe, healthy, and loving environments

The Consortium, convened by Arigatou International, brings together civil society and faith-based organizations, religious communities, multilateral organizations, academia and individual experts.

With a membership of 18 organizations and five individual experts, the Consortium aims to foster collaboration, share good practices and develop evidence-based and innovative approaches to integrate values-based education and spirituality in early childhood for the prevention of violence and the holistic development of children.

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Toolkit

Spiritual Development of Children in the Early Years for the Prevention of Violence and Children’s Holistic Well-Being

Develop jointly by the members of the Consortium, this toolkit aims to enhance the engagement of faith actors in taking an active role in influencing parents, caregivers, educators, and community members to foster children’s holistic well-being by nurturing their spiritual development in the early years and contributing to the prevention of violence.

The toolkit presents a model for fostering the spiritual development of young children that involves building positive relationships with the child, creating a supportive environment, and providing opportunities for children to safely pursue and nourish their own spiritual development.

This toolkit is developed primarily for faith communities and the variety of faith actors who work with families and children at the community level. It can also be used by others who wish to incorporate a spiritual component into programming with children and families, and it can serve civil society organizations interested in working with faith communities.

The toolkit will be launched in 2022.

Advocacy Booklets

INSPIREd Faith Communities: Nurturing Values and Spirituality in Early Childhood for the Prevention of Violence

In 2019, the Consortium developed a set of five country-specific advocacy booklets to raise awareness about the importance of children’s wellbeing during the early years under the title INSPIREd Faith Communities: Nurturing Values and Spirituality in Early Childhood for the Prevention of Violence.

The booklets connect theological reflections with neuroscience to support parents, caregivers, educators, and their communities to provide nurturing care and safe environments for children, aiming to prevent all forms of violence. The set of booklets was built based on the reflections collected during five roundtable discussions organized in Brazil, India, Kenya, Lebanon and Sri Lanka.

More than 600 religious leaders, representatives from governments as well as faith-based and civil society organizations, experts on children’s issues, academics, pediatricians and educators took part in these roundtable discussions.

The advocacy booklets are part of the Consortium’s commitment to developing materials to support holistic approaches to early childhood that contribute to the prevention of violence against children. They provide reflections, local examples, and concrete ideas on how to bring about change at all levels of society. Through these resources, the members of the Consortium seek to inspire individual and collective action.

Booklet Downloads Coming Soon!

Members of the Consortium

Organizations

Africa Early Childhood Network

Aga Khan Foundation

Arigatou International

Catholic Relief Services

Early Childhood Peace Consortium

Fetzer Institute

Global Partnership to End Violence against Children

Guerrand-Hermes Foundation for Peace

International Institute for Islamic Thought

International Network of Engaged Buddhists

Islamic Relief Worldwide

Office of the UN Special Representative to the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children

Pastoral da Crianca

Sarvodaya Sharmadana Movement

Shanti Ashram

St Olaf Collage

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UNICEF

University of Montreal

University of Notre Dame - Kroc Institute for Peace Studies

World Bank

World Council of Churches

World Health Organization

World Vision International

Members of the Consortium

Individual Experts

Mrs. Caroline Arnold

Mt. Rev. Bishop Duleep De Chickera

Dr. Ilham Nasser

Dr. Rashied Omar

Prof. Anantanand Rambachan

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