More efforts are needed to mainstream values like tolerance and the appreciation of cultural diversity within National Education Policies

An analysis of different themes and concepts associated with Global Citizenship Education (GCED) reveals that within the main topics associated with GCED, appreciation of cultural diversity and tolerance are less likely to be reflected in national education policies, curriculum and teacher education.

Fazl-e-Rabi, left, president of the British Pashtoon Association, visits classes at the Zamung Kor orphanage in Peshawar April 9. [Photo: Karwan Tanzeem]

Education essential for peace, progress in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Two organizations, Karwan Tanzeem, based in Peshawar, and the British Pashtoon Association (BPA), based in the UK, are joining forces to raise the education level, create awareness among youth, and steer them away from militancy, violence and extremism.

Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the United Nations. (Photo: Mitsu (Eric) Kimura, SUA Archivist)

Critical Next Steps in Enhancing Women’s Equality and Empowerment

Enhancing women’s equality is fundamental to the possibility of peace and is an essential realm of inquiry and action for peace education.  Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury highlights significant historical developments, disappointments and possibilities for transformative change in support of gender equality that is essential for the possibility of sustainable peace.

Prof. Olusola Oyewole (left), the President AAU, presenting an appreciation certificate to President Akufo-Addo. (Photo: Samuel Tei Adano)

President of Ghana: Don’t rely on World Bank on education funding choices

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has challenged African governments not to rely on the World Bank and other institutions to decide on the choices they have to make concerning policies and the funding of education on the continent. “We should not get into arguments with foreign agencies about our priorities. We must set our own priorities and we must accept that we must provide the funds to translate our plans into reality,” he said. 

ICNC Publishes Special Report on Peacebuilding and Civil Resistance

The report by ICNC describes how civil resistance and peacebuilding can work in tandem throughout four stages of transformation of asymmetric conflicts. The conclusion highlights takeaways for researchers, nonviolent activists and educators, peacebuilding practitioners and international agencies seeking to support constructive, effective conflict transformation.

Participants of “Innovating in Challenging Times: Building an Infrastructure for Supporting Peace.” (Photo: David Smith)

Peacebuilding Leadership Gather for “Innovating in Challenging Times” at Point of View

Nearly 50 practitioners, activists, educators, trainers, funders, and researchers in the peacebuilding field gathered at George Mason University’s Point of View Retreat Center to explore “Innovating in Challenging Times: Building an Infrastructure for Supporting Peace.” The aim of the gathering was to identify knowledge, resources, and innovation opportunities to advance solutions that address current and future challenges, taking a proactive approach to peacebuilding.

Children from both communities participate in the pilot application of the joint education project IMAGINE, taking place under the auspices of the Bi-Communal Technical Committee of Education and implemented by the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR) and the Home for Cooperation (H4C) between 26 May and 2 June 2017. (Photo: UNFICYP/Ludovit Veres)

‘Imagine’ project kicks off (Cyprus)

The pilot application of the joint education project IMAGINE was successfully completed on June 2, 2017. The pilot, supported by the United Nations, took place in May with the participation of 160 primary school children ages 9-12, coming from 4 Turkish Cypriot and 4 Greek Cypriot schools.

Prof. Rugege speaks during the commemoration event at the memorial site. (Photo: Nadege Imbabazi / The New Times)

The Genocide Archive of Rwanda Opens

The Genocide Archive of Rwanda has so far uploaded and digitized about 8,000 information items-related to 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, including confessions by perpetrators. Chief Justice Sam Rugege believes that the facility will be an important tool for students, teachers and researchers to easily access history about Rwanda and specifically the Genocide.

Girls walk to school on the outskirts of Rangoon, Nov. 4, 2015. (Photo: Reuters via Irrawaddy.com)

Reforming Education Reform in Myanmar

Educating children and young people as agents of positive social change is of vital importance in Myanmar, especially during this critical period. The new education policies in the country should not only be linked to concerns about learning and cognition in schools but also to internal conflicts. Their potential to aggravate or ameliorate conflicts also needs to be thoroughly analysed.