“COLECTIVO EDUCACIÓN PARA LA PAZ” MANIFESTO: Farewell to war! Reasons for a Pedagogy for Peace

This manifesto, issued by ‘El Colectivo Educación para la Paz’ of Colombia outlines a collective commitment to, and vision for, peace education through clearly articulated values and principles for peace education and peace pedagogy.

‘El Colectivo Educación para la Paz’ (The Peace Education Collective) constitutes an effort of several universities, research centers and non-governmental organizations at the national and international order committed to the design, management and implementation of plans, programs and projects of national and international practices aimed at reducing social exclusion and violence impact, as well as strengthen a culture of peace, peaceful coexistence and recognition of differences.

Peace initiative: Professionals to be trained as peace ambassadors (Pakistan)

The nongovernmental organization Empowerment through Creative Integration has signed a memorandum of understanding with Pakistan Vocational Training Centres for the implementation of a three-month project titled Professionals as Peace Ambassadors in Multan. Under the project, individuals will be assigned to visit the academic institutions and organizations to develop leadership qualities and to train professionals to take part in activities that promote peace initiatives in their respective organizations.

“Columba-Hypatia: Astronomy for Peace” pilot project launch

The Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR) and the Home for Cooperation (H4C) in collaboration with the science education initiative GalileoMobile successfully launched the “Columba-Hypatia: Astronomy for Peace” project last week at the ‘Home for Cooperation’. The goal of the project is to both inspire an interest in science and the cosmos, and to also promote interaction, understanding and eventually a Culture of Peace. Understanding our planet’s place in the wider universe through the lens of modern astrophysics provides us with a worldview in which we can appreciate our similarities rather than focus on our differences. Therefore, the fun and educational astronomy activities and workshops successfully enabled the participants to reach a collective understanding of these ideas.

Education and Training in Nonviolent Resistance

This report highlights key strategic functions and outcomes of education and training in nonviolent civil resistance movements around the world. Funded by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), it draws on findings from research, trainer and participant interviews, and the author’s experience with nonviolent civil movements.

Kathy Fletcher and David Simpson shared a meal and sparklers with more than a dozen young people this Fourth of July. (Photo: AOKDC.org)

The Power of a Dinner Table

David Brooks, in a recent NY Times Op Ed, shares a powerful model of non-formal community/family-based peace education.
Kathy Fletcher and David Simpson have a son named Santi, who went to Washington, D.C., public schools. Santi had a friend who sometimes went to school hungry. So Santi invited him to occasionally eat and sleep at his house. That friend had a friend and that friend had a friend, and now when you go to dinner at Kathy and David’s house on Thursday night there might be 15 to 20 teenagers crammed around the table. The kids who show up at Kathy and David’s have endured the ordeals of modern poverty: homelessness, hunger, abuse, sexual assault. Almost all have seen death firsthand — to a sibling, friend or parent.

Chintan Girish Modi (left). (Photo: thealternative.in)

50 students talk of Indo-Pak peace in workshop

Mumbai-based writer, educator and peace builder Chintan Girish Modi conducted a workshop with students of Dikshant International School on the topic, ‘India-Pakistan: Scripting a New Future’. Modi, is also the founder of Friendships Across Borders: Aao Dosti Karein – an initiative that uses the power of storytelling and social media to foster cross-border friendships and transform hostility into hope.

New Publication: How to Introduce Gender in History Teaching

How to Introduce Gender in History Teaching, a publication of the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR), focuses on gender as a missing lens when teaching history in school. The silencing of women’s involvement in Cyprus history results in the neglecting of the multiple ways in which they have contributed to and participated in society. After reviewing the different ways Greek-Cypriot as well as Turkish-Cypriot women have been kept absent from school history, we conclude with eight lesson plans for teaching history from a gender perspective.

2016 Edward O’Brien Human Rights Education Awards Winners

Human Rights Educators USA (HRE USA) announced the winners of the 2016 Edward O’Brien Award for Human Rights Education. Felisa Tibbitts of Columbia Teachers College is the recipient of the award for individual achievement in the field. Jean-Louis Peta Ikambana will accept the organizational award on behalf of the DC Human Rights Learning Project, an initiative of the American Friends Service Committee.

Senior Manager for Learning & Evaluation: Alliance for Peacebuilding

The Alliance for Peacebuilding plays a key role in convening the peacebuilding field around improving capacity and understanding of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in conflict-affected settings. AfP is seeking a Senior Manager to work in their Washington DC Headquarters. The Senior Manager manages the Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium and the Effective InterReligious Action and Peacebuilding and also advises other AfP programs on monitoring, evaluation and learning systems.

Students from San Vicente del Caguan. Fundacion Escuelas de Paz is conducting peace education training with more than 80 educators in the formerly FARC controlled area.

Reflections from a Peace Educator on the Possibility of Peace in Colombia

Amada Benavides de Perez is President of Fundación Escuelas de Paz, a peace education NGO in Colombia. She attended the September 26 signing of the peace agreement between the Colombian government and FARC. She and colleagues have been working tirelessly developing and training networks of formal and non-formal networks for decades, contributing to the foundational peacebuilding work making the possibility of the agreement possible. In the coming months, Fundacion Escuelas de Paz will be coordinating peace education efforts in territories formerly controlled by the FARC.

In this message, Amada offers her reflections on a turbulent week that began with hope, only to collide with confusion and exasperation. We stand in solidarity with Amada, the peace educators and the citizens of Colombia for their continued courage in pursuit of peace through education.

Assistant Professor of Teaching: Program in Educational Transformation, Georgetown University

The newly created Program in Educational Transformation at Georgetown University seeks to hire up to three non-tenure line faculty at the junior level to help design and implement a new interdisciplinary, residency-based master’s degree that focuses on transformational practices in preK-12 education in the United States.

Syrian refugee students sit in their classroom at a Lebanese public school. (Photo: Hussein Malla/AP)

Open dialogue in schools is the first step in fighting violent extremism

Simply telling young people about the evils of violent extremism is not enough. What is needed is a holistic education model that lays emphasis on dialogue, fosters critical thinking skills, inculcates respect for diversity and gives the students the socio-emotional and behavioural skills that will help deconstruct the messaging used to promote violence.

Echidna Global Scholar: The Brookings Institution

The Center for Universal Education at The Brookings Institution seeks to build the evidence base on girls’ education policies and programs in developing countries. The Echidna scholars program is designed to offer guest scholars from developing countries the opportunity to pursue their own independent research on global education issues with a specific focus on girls’ education. Scholars will also be supported in developing or implementing a project in which findings from the research are piloted. Application deadline: Oct. 31.

Peacebuilding and Resilience: How Society Responds to Violence

Based on research and a series of working group meetings hosted by the United States Institute of Peace, this report explores the concept of resilience in the context of peacebuilding and conflict-affected states and how socioecological systems respond to violence. Summary findings suggest that a resilient response to violence involves actors that self-organize and learn within the system and institutions and norms that support absorption, adaptation, and transformation.

Endgame: in spite of polarised views on ‘the past crimes of the guerrillas’, peace ‘negotiations are likely to continue’ (Photo: Times Higher Education / Getty)

Colombian universities can still drive peace-building after vote

José Manuel Restrepo-Abondano, who heads Del Rosario University, argues that universities still have a major role to play in trying to cement peace in Colombia even after the failed referendum. Academic research on education and peace offers a number of key insights.