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Columbia: Launch of Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Protection of Children in Humanitarian Settings

Experts in humanitarian crises and international child protection practices at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health have designed a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the current international child protection practice and how to strengthen it. The course is led by Hanna-Tina Fischer in the Columbia Mailman School’s Department of Population and Family Health, who is also a senior associate in the Care and Protection of Children (CPC) Learning Network, housed at Columbia Mailman School. Mr. Mark Canavera, co-director of the CPC, and Dr. Mike Wessells, Mailman School professor in the Program on Forced Migration and Health in the Department of Population and Family Health, are also co-instructors.

Using the latest evidence on childhood adversity and drawing on experiences from child protection practitioners, the MOOC examines how children’s social environments at different levels influence children’s adversity, development, and resilience. The course is aimed at child protection practitioners who work internationally in humanitarian settings or those who want to learn more about the sector.

Dr. Canavera coordinates research and advocacy efforts on children’s protection, care, health, and development in complex settings globally and has worked with Save the Children, The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), and Oxfam. He serves as co-chair, with the World Health Organization (WHO), of the INSPIRE Working Group to promote evidence-based strategies to prevent and reduce violence against children. Dr. Wessells, in addition to his Columbia Mailman faculty affiliation, is a psychosocial and child protection practitioner who has worked in humanitarian settings in countries throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. He is the author of “Child Soldiers: From Violence to Protection” (Harvard University Press, 2006).

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