Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking

The 2016 edition of Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking provides a more comprehensive view of the human rights funding landscape than ever before. Released by the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) and Foundation Center, the report analyzes 20,300 grants to 12,262 organizations worldwide in 2013. In total, 803 funders awarded $2.3 billion in funding for human rights — a 23 percent increase in giving between 2012 and 2013 among a consistent subset of funders.

Outcomes and Learnings from an Ethics Education Pilot Program in Kenya

The Pilot Program to implement the Learning to Live Together (LTLT) Programme in the Tana River County came to an end, delivering positive outcomes, particularly in relation to its impact on children, teachers and the communities. The initiative, which took off in September 2014, was developed by Arigatou International Geneva, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Kenya (MoEST) and UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa, reaching 657 children between 9 and 17 years old.

A peace-building response to the rise of ‘Trumpism’

In this OpEd, Cheryl Duckworth suggests we must mainstream peace education in every American student’s classroom to teach them to resolve conflict without violence, to respect multiple historical narratives of conflicts past, to be able to identify scapegoating and to value human rights. Global citizenship education, a sister of peace education, strengthens a nation by ensuring its youth have intercultural skills and global awareness.

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Keeping the Peace: Mexican Navy Integrates Peace Education

The Mexican Navy is trying a new approach to domestic peacekeeping in the troubled city of Veracruz. The force recently incorporated the Peace Education Program (PEP) into its training regime, offering the course to more than 240 marines, police officers, and security officials at its base there. Captain Antonio Morales, Commander of the Naval Police in Veracruz participated in the training. “The results were excellent. People were deeply impacted. People found ways they can change their self-esteem, health, behavior—this yields better people,” he said. “If we have better people, we have better police officers, and with better police officers on the street, we will have more safety in the community, which is going to have a positive impact.”

Broadcasting Peace: Case Study on Education for Peace Through Radio

This case study portrays a Learning for Peace intervention carried out in partnership with Straight Talk Foundation to promote awareness about conflict drivers, strengthen peacebuilding competencies and the capacity of youth and communities to mitigate and manage conflicts in and around education. The intervention is informed by a 2014-15 conflict analysis of the education sector in Uganda and has utilized a Communication for Development approach comprising media-based, school-based and community dialogue activities.

Institute of International Education: Program Officer II, Junior Faculty Development

The Institute of International Education is hiring a Program Officer II who will be responsible for managing the design and implementation of short-term visiting (non-U.S.) faculty development programs for Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, and Tunisia on behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the U.S. Embassy in Iraq.

Project to get Peer Mediation in every school launched in New Zealand

On July 7 the Peace Foundation launched its most important project in 41 years with the goal to fund the expansion of its flagship Peer Mediation Programmes for primary, secondary and kura kaupapa Maori schools across New Zealand. In the last 22 years, the Peace Foundation has given peer mediation skills training to teachers and students from a total of 2000 schools. It currently provides resources to about 450 schools, and has in the last year given dedicated trainings in 80 schools.

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UNESCO Launches Teacher’s Guide on the Prevention of Violent Extremism

UNESCO’s Teacher Guide on the Prevention of Violent Extremism provides practical tips to educators seeking guidance on how to discuss the subject in classrooms. The Guide was developed within the framework of UNESCO’s work on Global Citizenship Education and in response to the request of UNESCO’s Member States for assistance in strengthening their education sector responses to violent extremism.

Local films show peaceful, harmonious side of Mindanao (Philippines)

Eight local, independent filmmakers dared audiences to correct their misconceptions against the Bangsamoro and Filipino Muslims by viewing Mindanao through a peace lens in a showing of the film project “The Long Reach of Short Films – Telling Stories of Peace in Mindanao in Cine Adarna”.

“We try to find a different way to tackle the Bangsamoro issue. Films are important to create discussions and dialogue and impact emotionally,” said project manager Manuel Domes. “Our main focus is not so much on the grander level of peace discourse but on the level of peace education, understanding the context, and articulating it.”

Primary students pictured at Botahtaung Township’s School No. 6 in Rangoon on June 1, 2016. (Photo: Pyay Kyaw / The Irrawaddy)

National Human Rights Education Initiative Forthcoming in Burma

Burma’s national human rights commission will join the Ministry of Education in integrating human rights education into the national curriculum, a move likely to be implemented in the following academic year, the commission has announced.

Gyeongju Action Plan: NGOs join UNESCO in global citizenship education push

UNESCO’s priority mission to strengthen global citizenship education and advocate for its integral role in achieving the Agenda for Sustainable Development was bolstered at the recent United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI)/Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Conference. The conference culminated in the “Gyeongju Action Plan”, in which NGO participants affirmed their collective belief in the importance of Sustainable Development Goal 4 charting the Education 2030 agenda, recognized GCED as “an essential strategy” to address modern challenges. Under the plan, they commit to GCED principles, such as promoting education that celebrates diversity and collaboration at all levels of society and across cultures.

Wearing distinctive yellow vests, volunteers from the DC area and Detroit are working to keep clashes to a minimum. (Photo: Raycom Media)

Peace teams at RNC offer active conflict resolution

Peacemaking doesn’t have to be passive, said two peace teams who have joined forces to ensure the Republican National Convention is as calm as possible. Meta Peace Team of Detroit and DC Peace Team from the nation’s capital are more than just observers. They wear distinctive, yellow vests with “Peace Team” written in black and intervene if they see a situation that could spiral out of control. Both teams provide training in nonviolent communication and intervention, peace education, restorative justice, conflict transformation and unarmed civilian protection.