‘Peace Building’ will be taught at all levels of school including Primary, secondary and university. (Photo: KT Press)

Peace Education Added to National Curriculum (Rwanda)

The Rwandan government will embark on integrating peace education into the National Education Curriculum under a new program called ‘Education for Sustainable Peace in Rwanda (ESPR)’. The ESPR program was launched by the Ministry of Education during a three day Peace Education conference in Kigali from February 20-22.

(Photo: © Ewha Womans University / ISVP)

How can education prevent school violence and bullying based on ethnic discrimination?

UNESCO organized a workshop on Global Citizenship Education as part of the International Symposium on School Violence and Bullying: From Evidence to Action that took place in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Editorial cartoon by SIGNE WILKINSON, Philadelphia Inquirer, February 16, 2017.

Palestinian Peace and Conflict Studies Professor Disinvited from Speaking at Friends School

The Global Campaign for Peace Education supports statements of action and solidarity promoted by the American Friends Service Committee and others to stand in solidarity with all those negatively impacted by the events related to the cancelled speaking engagement of Sa’ed Atshan, a Palestinian Quaker and an assistant professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore College, who had been invited to speak to Friends Central Upper School students on February 3rd. The cancellation of this event by administrators led to student protests and the indefinite suspension of two teachers.

Rotary Peace Fellowship – call for applications

The Rotary Foundation is now accepting applications for the fully-funded 2018 Rotary Peace Fellowship. Up to 100 social change leaders are selected globally every year to earn either a master’s degree or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of six Rotary Peace Centers at leading universities around the world. Application deadline 31 May.

Global Guidance on Addressing School-Related Gender-Based Violence

This guidance aims to provide a comprehensive, one-stop resource on school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV), including clear, knowledge-based operational guidance, diverse case studies drawn from examples of promising practice and recommended tools for the education sector and its partners working to eliminate gender-based violence.

The Underdeveloped Transformative Potential of Human Rights Education: English Primary Education as a Case Study

In order for learners to become empowered human rights activists, they must be equipped with relevant knowledge, skills and attitudes. Learner empowerment therefore forms a central element of international human rights education provisions. This article draws upon empirical research to gauge the nature and extent of empowerment in English primary schools, and seeks to better understand the reasons for any deficiencies in its practice. It argues that whilst empowerment-related concepts may be encouraged to a certain extent, learners are unlikely to be emerging from formal schooling with the means to contribute significantly to transformation of the broader human rights culture.

115 adults and youth of all races, from many faiths and diverse neighborhoods, sat face-to-face to begin a communication renaissance and create a culture of connection.

Who are They, Anyway? Finally meeting the strangers in our own land

Libby and Len Traubman, founders of the Beyond War Movement of the 1980s, are inviting people from their community to participate in an open process of respectful communication, beginning with a new quality of listening to one another, to everyone. “We’re confident that this local public action to know the ‘other’ will give voices to the unheard and dignify everyone, especially the listeners.”

Rethinking General and Complete Disarmament in the Twenty-first Century

This publication’s authors, who include some of the world’s leading scholars, diplomats and activists on the topic, examine historic, strategic, humanitarian and economic aspects of general and complete disarmament to elaborate and elevate the case for prohibiting conventional weapons systems as well as nuclear weapons.

Ex-Soviet Leader Gorbachev Calls on US, Russia to Lead Efforts Preventing Nuclear War. (Photo: © Sputnik/ Ramil Sitdikov)

Gorbachev Calls on Nobel Peace Prize Winners to Push Nuclear Disarmament Agenda

Former USSR President and Nobel Prize Peace winner Mikhail Gorbachev urged other winners to push for nuclear disarmament and demilitarization. He noted that all winners were united by the desire to spread the ideas of peace and a culture of peace among the citizens and especially among young people.

Pope Francis meets with representatives of other religions in St Peter's Square. (Photo: AFP)

Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the World Council of Churches draw up document on Education for Peace

Educating for peace is the theme of a proposed joint document to be drawn up by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the World Council of Churches’ Office of Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation.

A group paints the exterior of the Ashburn Colored School. (Photo: Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

Teens behind racist graffiti sentenced to visit Holocaust Museum, read books by black and Jewish authors

Five boys spray-painted a historic black school in Ashburn, Va., with swastikas, “WHITE POWER” and vulgar images. Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Alex Rueda prepared an unusual sentence recommendation meant to educate them on the meaning of hate speech in the hope that they come to understand the effect their behavior had on the community. The boys have been sentenced to read books from a list that includes works by prominent black, Jewish and Afghan authors, write a research paper on hate speech, go to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and listen to an interview with a former student of the Ashburn Colored School, which they defaced.

A call to Address Identity-based Violence through Teach-ins at American* Universities

While identity violence is not unique to the US it is in our own society that we have the opportunity and responsibility to take civic action toward overcoming it. American universities have a history of rising to such challenges, producing responses of learning/action on campuses across the country. The IIPE believes that the new epidemics of hate, particularly Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, should be similarly confronted by the academic community. We invite you to share resources and join us in undertaking teach-ins on campuses and in communities across the US and around the world.

(Photo: Flickr/John S. Quarterman. CC 2.0 Some rights reserved.)

The internet can spread hate, but it can also help to tackle it

Social media has changed the way we communicate. It offers valuable opportunities for connection but at the same time segregates people into social ‘bubbles’ that echo and legitimise one’s own opinions. Peace education and digital literacy can be combined to transform the internet into a more positive and hopeful space.

Education – a pathway to deradicalisation (Pakistan)

Dr Musarat Amin calls for compulsory peace education at levels 8-9-10 in public schools as students of these age groups are more prone to extremist ideologies. That peace education should be a combination of Islamic as well as Western literature that promotes tolerance, peaceful co-existence and harmony amongst different segments of the society.