A schoolgirl takes part Saturday in a session of the Uruguayan parliament, which was packed with some 160 children and teens from around the country who debated and approved a declaration for world peace, as part of the Universal Children's Day observance this Sunday. (Photo: EFE/Maria Eugenia Fernandez)

Uruguayan youngsters approve peace declaration in parliament

The Uruguayan parliament was packed with some 160 children and teens from around the country who debated and approved a declaration for world peace as part of the Universal Children’s Day observance. “‘Education for Peace’ was the message to parliament, where the youngsters had two days to analyze, reflect upon and discuss the current state of world peace,” said Nicolas Pons, secretary general of the Uruguayan National Commission of UNESCO.

Vassar College: Seeking Assistant Professor in Education-Mathematics / Science Pedagogy with emphasis on social justice

The Education Department at Vassar College invites applications for a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor with a specialty in Mathematics and/or Science Pedagogy to begin in Fall 2017. They are seeking an individual with a strong commitment to promoting socially just, equitable, inclusive, and critically transformative learning environments.

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Tucson students learn ‘non-violence’ way of life amidst anti-Trump protests

A rash of nationwide protests against president-elect Donald Trump have brought out thousands of demonstrators. Tucson students are participating in a two-day introduction to the Kingian Nonviolence training program, which aims to “institutionalize and internationalize nonviolence.”

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In a Time of Islamophobia, Teach With Complexity

When teaching about the Middle East and North Africa, U.S. teachers are often confronted with a dearth of accurate and nuanced material about the history, politics and people of the region. This crisis of critical awareness mainly materializes through two recurring narratives that circulate in mainstream media, political discourse and popular culture: “Islam as anti-Western” and conflict fueled by “ancient hatreds.” These narratives work in tandem to produce a one-dimensional conception of the MENA, which, in turn, fuels the rising Islamophobia in U.S. schools and society.

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Don’t Say Nothing: addressing race in the classroom

Many black and brown students are educated in school systems and classrooms where they, despite making up the racial majority, are taught how to understand a world by a staff comprised of a powerful minority. When their teachers choose to remain silent about moments of racial tension or violence—violence that may well touch students’ own communities or families—these children are overtly reminded of their inferior place in society.

New Book – Peace Education in a Conflict-Affected Society: An Ethnographic Journey

Peace education initiatives have been subject to heated public debate and so far the complexities involved have not been fully understood. This multilayered analysis examines how teachers negotiate ideological, pedagogical and emotional challenges in their attempts to enact a peace education policy. Focusing primarily on the case study of conflict-affected Cyprus, Michalinos Zembylas, Constadina Charalambous and Panayiota Charalambous situate the Cypriot case within wider theoretical and methodological debates in the field and explore the implications of their findings for theory and practice.

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Panel Discussion: The role of education in preventing violent extremism

Arigatou International Geneva in collaboration with UNESCO and the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United Nations in Geneva, organized a side event to the 33rd Human Rights Council entitled “Learning to Live Together: The role of education in preventing violent extremism.”

Apply Now: The Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program for Iraqi and U.S. high school students

The Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program for Iraqi and U.S. high school students, Iraqi undergraduate students, and Iraqi adult mentors is pleased to extend this fully-funded scholarship opportunity to talented and dedicated young leaders and adult educators from Iraq and the United States to apply for a summer leadership program in the United States. Be sure to apply now: application deadlines begin December 1, 2016.

Tips and Resources for Better Thanksgiving Conversations

The National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation has developed Six Tips for Thoughtful Holiday Conversations. For many people, the Thanksgiving holiday this week and the holiday season around the corner bring the likelihood of difficult conversations and out-right fights around the dinner table. Talk of politics and other hot topics can be tricky to navigate with family and friends – especially when we don’t see eye to eye – and it seems like the loud, divisive election season might only make holiday conflicts harder to avoid this year.

Activists hold mock dead bodies depicting human rights victims during a march toward Camp Aguinaldo on September 22, 2014 to mark the 42nd anniversary of the proclamation of martial law by the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos. (Photo: The STAR / Boy Santos)

Intensified education on Martial Law pushed in public, private schools (Philippines)

Philippines – An intensified education on Martial Law and its threats to democracy is being pushed on public and private schools. Ifugao lawmaker Teodoro Baguilat Jr. said this amid “growing attempts to revise history and clear the (former strongman) Ferdinand Marcos Sr. of culpability for the widespread violation of human rights during his reign of terror.” Baguilat noted that education is important in understanding important issues. “It is also through education that the people can protect themselves from history repeating itself and the painful cost of allowing absolute rule by a dictator being exacted yet again,” he said.

Book Review: The language of peace, communicating to create harmony

“The language of peace, communicating to create harmony,” edited by Rebecca L. Oxford, is a volume in the Information Age Press series: Peace Education, edited by Laura Finley & Robin Cooper. This review, authored by Mumbua Simon, is one in a series co-published by the Global Campaign for Peace Education and In Factis Pax: Journal of Peace Education and Social Justice toward promoting peace education scholarship.