Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves on Race and Racism–from Ferguson to Charleston

There are no doubt complexities that come with White Americans working for racial justice. Nevertheless, the movement for racial justice needs more White Americans to get involved. And it’s our responsibility to help each other get involved–and get involved productively. Jon Greenberg has compiled this list to help White Americans do so.

Recognizing young people as powerful peace-builders

Around the world today, more and more societies are recognizing the role that youth play as agents of change and as critical actors in preventing conflict and building peace. Many of the world’s 1.2 billion young people, are also affected by the horrors of conflict and war. It is against this backdrop that the International Youth Day this year will be celebrated under the theme “Youth Building Peace”, considering matters of youth, peace and security from a social developmental perspective.

Group Work during the Youth/Students Engagement to Foster Global Citizenship, Sustainable Development Initiatives and Peace Building in The Gambia Workshop (Photo: ©UNESCO)

Gambian youth engage in the promotion of peace, sustainable development and Global Citizenship

From 3 to 8 July 2017, the Gambian National Commission for UNESCO gathered more than 200 young people from all regions of the country and their teachers, for a weeklong training where participants adopted a Declaration calling youth organizations and national authorities for actions in favour of the integration of Global Citizenship Education and Education for Sustainable Education into the education system.

(Photo via Ms. Magazine)

Peace Heroes: Bushra Qadeem Hyder on Fighting Extremism with Education in Pakistan

Hyder is a pioneer in education—not only bringing the principles of peace education into her own school, but also integrating a comprehensive peace curriculum throughout an entire school system. Through Hyder’s peace education, pupils are exposed to the religious and cultural teachings of other communities, promoting understanding and acceptance.

New Book: “Honor, Humiliation, and Terror An Explosive Mix – And How We Can Defuse It with Dignity”

With this book, Evelin Lindner encourages us to recognize the immense historic opportunity that is open to us in the wake of these dangerous times. Drawing on 40 years of research gathered on her personal path of living globally, she calls us to action in service of restoring and replenishing the health of human arrangements of relationships, emphasizing the lifesaving necessity of mutually dignifying cooperation. 

Weak institutions, porous borders and climate change combine to make conditions harsher, nurturing sometimes violent competition over scarce resources between ethnic communities of Northern Kenya, and the proliferation of illegal small arms. (Photo: Oliver Noonan / Shalom Centre)

The peace builders of Northern Kenya; Successful research led model spreads to other African nations

Founded in aftermath of 2007-08’s national post-election violence, Kenya’s Shalom Centre pioneers successful, research-led formula for preventing conflict between rival groups that includes conducting peace education in primary and secondary schools.

Youth wearing traditional dress dance in Iraq in February 2017 as part of a community event celebrating cultural and faith differences. The event was just one of many culminating projects that resulted from youth peacebuilding and leadership trainings faciliated by the Iraqi al-Amani Association and Eastern Mennonite University's Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. (Photo courtesy of the Iraqi al-Amani Association)

Iraqi youth work to build culture of peace

A youth project in Iraq brings together Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding and the Iraqi al-Amal Association in a multi-phase project that focuses on youth and academics to build a culture of peace in the country.