The “new” Global Campaign for Peace Education: pursuing intentional, sustained and systematic education for peace

In May 1999 the Global Campaign for Peace Education (GCPE) was launched at the Hague Appeal for Peace conference.  The Hague Conference was the largest international peace conference in history, bringing together nearly 10,000 people from over 100 countries. The conference launched the Hague Agenda for Peace and Justice for the 21st Century, a set […]

Students are protesting against racial injustice across campuses. Image: Max Goldberg, CC BY

Here’s how history is shaping the #studentblackout movement

(Original article: Marshall Ganz, The Conversation) Students are protesting over racism across campuses in the United States. We asked Marshall Ganz, who dropped out of Harvard as an undergraduate to be an organizer in 1964 and now teaches organizing and leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, to discuss the significance of these protests and the […]

“Peace Education: Lessons from Zimbabwe” by Dudziro Nhengu

“Peace Education: Lessons from Zimbabwe” Paper Presentation by Dudziro Nhengu, Programme Associate on Gender, Peacebuilding and Security, UN Women, Zimbabwe at the 2nd Africa Peace Conference, October 29-30, 2015, Accra-Ghana. DISCLAIMER: In accordance with title 17 U.S.C. section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving […]

What Does a Woman Filmmaker Know About Masculinity? A Whole Lot, Actually.

(Original article: Michael Sainato, The Good Men Project, Nov. 16, 2015) An interview with Jennifer Siebel Newsom, who created Miss Representation, and then turned her lens on what’s happening to boys and men with The Mask You Live In.  The 2015 documentary, The Mask You Live In, discusses in detail the distorted cultural views of masculinity, which […]

Socio-economic inequality has become a threat to all categories of human rights. Photo from Occupy Wall Street protest by Dean Chamim

Economic Inequality and Human Rights: An Emerging Global Debate

(Original article: Center for Economic and Social Rights) Rising economic inequality has emerged as one of the defining social ills of our time, and a growing threat to all human rights. The 80 richest people on the planet now own as much as the bottom half of the world’s population, while 7 out of 10 people live […]

Tributes for 26 students and teachers killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Connecticut, US in 2012. Picture: REUTERS

Can school mass shootings also happen in South Africa?

(Original article: Mark Potterton, Business Day Live, Nov. 18, 2015) THE American public was momentarily shocked when a student opened fire, killing nine people and injuring nine others in a rural Oregon College. A New York Times investigation found that the shooter, Christopher Harper Mercer, was in the army for one month in 2008, but […]

Workshop on ‘Peace and Mediation with Women Groups in Manipur’

Workshop on Peace Education – Manipur, India

(Original article: The Sangai Express, Nov. 20, 2015) IMPHAL, Nov 19: Centre for Peace Education, Manipur initiated a three-day peace education workshop for women groups in the State on the theme ‘Peace and Mediation with Women Groups in Manipur’ at Adimjati Shiksha Ashram amity hall today. Nupi Samaj general secretary Th Ramani, during her speech […]

Mario Novelli, Centre for International Education, University of Sussex speaking at the launch in New York

Examining the Linkages between Education Inequality and Violent Conflict

(Original article: UNICEF – Learning for Peace, Nov. 11, 2015) Speaking at the recent New York launch of a new UNICEF and FHI 360 study which concluded that the likelihood of violent conflict doubles in countries with high levels of inequality in education, Research Consortium for Education and Peacebuilding Co Director, Professor Mario Novelli, discussed […]

Building Trust in a Fractured Education System (Myanmar)

(Original article: UNICEF – Learning for Peace, Sept. 14, 2015) Members of the Amsterdam-Myanmar research team have been exploring Myanmar’s education reform process and the associated tensions which have developed between those who are variously engaged and invested in the sector. After decades of simultaneous neglect and restrictive policy practice by the previous ruling military, the […]

Illustration by Justine Beckett

Healing From Moral Injury

(Original article: Lauren Porosoff, Teaching Tolerance Magazine No. 51, Fall 2015) By seventh grade, Jerome had a reputation: weak performance on assessments, inconsistent homework, frequent need for redirection in class, inappropriate comments at school and online, physical fighting.  But I saw a different Jerome. In English class, Jerome was always raising his hand to read […]

Participants of the "Advanced Use of Multimedia in Peace Education," Kigali, Nov. 2015 - Photo by Rose Twagiramariya.

Teachers Learn About IWitness at Rwanda Peace Education Training

(Original article: USC Shoah Foundation, Nov. 24, 2015) Forty educators in Rwanda attended workshops on using IWitness in peace education in Kigali this month, with another workshop scheduled for later this week. The workshops, titled “Advanced Use of Multimedia in Peace Education,” were held at the University of Rwanda’s College of Education in Kigali Nov. […]

Countering false stories about Thanksgiving with truth telling

The Global Campaign for Peace Education and the Upstander Project invite you to join us in countering false stories about Thanksgiving with truth telling about the history and current reality of Native peoples in the U.S.. Before you sit down to your big meal on Thursday considering sharing First Light with your family and friends. This 13-minute film can be […]

Three participants (inmates) in a pose with some of the dignitaries present.

Prisoners Receive Training In Peace Education (Ghana)

(Original article: James Annan,, Nov. 25, 2015) The maiden graduation ceremony has been held for the inmates of James Camp Prison who undertook an eight-week intensive training under the Peace Education Programme (PEP) organised by the Asomdwee Nsem Association. The PEP is designed to help prisoners discover their inner strength and choice as well as […]

UNESCO Encouraged to Emphasize Technical and Vocational Education for Culture of Peace (Saint Kitts and Nevis)

(Original article:, Nov. 9, 2015) St. Kitts and Nevis’ Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education and UNESCO Affairs, Honourable Shawn Richards was an advocate for the strengthening of technical and vocational education when he delivered his presentation at the 38th session of the UNESCO General Conference, November 7, 2015, in Paris, France. “We urge […]

A man walks past a boarded-up row of houses as rain falls in Baltimore, Sunday, April 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Mapping the Continuing Culture of Disinvestment in Baltimore’s Black Neighborhoods

(Original article: Brentin Mock,, Nov. 18, 2015) If Baltimore seems hardwired for racial strife and segregation, that’s partly because the banks there have programmed it that way. Baltimore has a long history of redlining, in which financial institutions refuse to offer housing loans or insurance in African-American neighborhoods. That redlining legacy has continued running […]


Angola to host biennial on culture of peace in Africa

(Original article: Agencia Angola Press, Nov. 7, 2015) Luanda – The minister of Higher Education, Adão do Nascimento, announced to the representatives of Member States of UNESCO that Angola will host as from next year, a biennial on the Culture of Peace in Africa. Speaking at the 38th session of the UNESCO General Conference, taking […]