Call for Applications: Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue – Education Fellows Program

The Education Fellows Program was established by the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue in 2007. The program aims to advance research and scholarship on the internationally growing field of Soka education, S a student-centered educational approach based on the pedagogy of Japanese educator Tsunesaburo Makiguchi and his successor, Josei Toda.

Maria Montessori visits the Gatehouse School in London in 1951, where her teaching methods are still employed [© Jack Esten/Popperfoto/Getty Images]

Growing Peace: Gandhi, Montessori and What It Means to Begin with the Children

Education has a vital role in cultivating peace. This is not so much a question of curricula as the kind of engagement fostered in the classroom, writes Mitch Bogen, examining the approach to peace education of Montessori and Gandhi.

The U. of Puerto Rico’s Rio Piedras campus, after Hurricane Maria. (Photo: Pablo Pantoja, Anadolu Agency, Getty Images - via The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Courage, Resilience and Spiritual Strength: Peace Educators in Puerto Rico

The courage and resilience of our Puerto Rican peace education colleagues provide us with hope and demonstrates that to be a peace educator means to be devoted to learning to overcome obstacles to justice and to continue to strive for peace in all circumstances.

Abdul Nasir Folad, a graduate of a USIP peacebuilding course, leads a peace education workshop in Herat. Folad uses a web of string as a model of communications among groups in a conflict. (Photo: Abdul Nasir Folad)

Afghan Universities Build a Movement Against Extremism

Fifteen years after the overthrow of the Taliban regime, Afghanistan’s university student population has ballooned, and its roughly 50 universities form a critical arena in the struggle for the country’s future. Yet Afghan universities have lacked courses or student organizations dedicated to opposing extremist ideas and to building peace across the ethnic, sectarian and other divides exploited by militant groups.

Nomad schools can move along with the Kuchi tribes as they travel to winter and summer grazing lands.

Afghan Kuchi Tribes Thrive With Community Education

Kuchi people are some of the poorest and least represented people in Afghanistan. School isn’t traditionally a part of the nomadic life, so many adults in the tribes are illiterate. However, parents can see the benefits of education and want more than anything for their children to read and write.