Campus Election Engagement Project

Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) is a national nonpartisan project that helps America’s colleges and universities motivate their 20 million students to register, volunteer in campaigns, educate themselves, and turn out at the polls. They focus on how administrators, faculty, staff, and student leaders can help engage students, and they’re now engaging schools for the 2016 elections.

Preventing violent extremism with skills, education and dialogue (UNESCO)

Skills, jobs, freedom of expression and more culture and history – these are the responses that must be nurtured in the face of violent extremism stated UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova at an event organized by Albania, Jordan and the Holy See on 20 September 2016.‎ ‎”Tackling this threat is a huge responsibility, of which UNESCO is deeply aware, and this is why we are acting across the board,” said Bokova. “This goes to the heart of the UNESCO Constitution, to build the defences of peace in the minds of women and men, starting with education, starting with the soft power of learning, the sciences, intercultural dialogue, on the basis of shared values.”

Connecting peace research, action, and education in Colombia

From September 7-9, 2016, the University of Cartagena’s Observatory for the Study of Displacement, Conflict, and Peacebuilding hosted the first annual International Forum on Peace Studies. The conference offered an unparalleled opportunity for critical analysis and collective reflection on the implications of the recently announced peace agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which marks a political end to nearly 60 years of internal armed conflict. For the participants that gathered, the conference offered a space to not only identify the current demands that this historic moment presents for the field of peace studies, but also a space to recognize the impact that civil society has had in their decades-long work for peace that made this agreement possible.

Christa Tinari works with kids at The Providence Center.

Lessons in Empathy

Three years ago, when Providence Center was rethinking its after school program they turned to community leaders to determine what the children needed: it was help coping with the brutal circumstances of living in Philly’s highest-poverty and most murderous neighborhood. So Providence Center hired Christa Tinari’s PeacePraxis, which brings research-based social emotional learning (SEL) programs into schools. Now, afternoons at the school revolve around a curriculum that teaches children skills of resiliency, conflict resolution, empathy, and self-awareness. Those skills, in turn, have helped students become more attentive and interact better with their peers and teachers in class—and beyond.

Image of a peace campaign posted on Facebook created during a workshop. (Photo: Mary Pham)

Addressing Religious & Ethnic Violence Through Peace Education in Myanmar

This report, by Mary Pham, a fellow with the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, details her applied research examining best practices of civil society strengthening that can drive positive social change and increase justice, rights, peace and development in Burma.

High-level panel discussion on the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training: good practices and challenges – Opening statement by Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights

This panel discussion marks five years since the adoption by the General Assembly of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training. This Declaration places human rights education and training as a core pillar of our great project to realize all rights for all.

Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Dissertation Program: now accepting applications!

The United States Institute of Peace’s Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace awards non-residential Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowships to students enrolled in U.S. universities and who are writing doctoral dissertations on topics related to international conflict management and peacebuilding. Application deadline: Nov. 22, 2016.

Militarism and the Young: Youth Gathering at the Disarmament Congress in Berlin

“In many ways the world we live in is unjust and inhumane, especially towards young people. Our social model is established on unlimited economic growth, the extensive use of natural resources, the predominance of capital, domination structures, patriarchy, competition, violence, confrontation, conflict and war. Capitalism and militarism reinforce themselves, destroying the livelihoods of all beings.” That’s how the draft of the Declaration for Demilitarization and Youth begins, which was developed in the preparation meetings for the Youth Gathering of the Disarmament Congress that starts in Berlin end of September 2016.