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Free ebook: “Justpeace Ethics: A Guide for Restorative Justice and Peacebuilding” with Foreword by Howard Zehr

“Justpeace Ethics: A Guide for Restorative Justice and Peacebuilding” by Jarem Sawatsky is free as an ebook download for a limited time. From the author: Have you ever wondered how to do conflict transformation, peacemaking or restorative justice work, so that every step of overflows with peace and justice? Drawing on personal interviews with some of the great peace and restorative justice practitioners, through this book you will discover how analysis, intervention, and evaluation of peace and justice activities can be rooted in a justice and peace are inseparable and pursued together. [continue reading…]
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When and How to Talk with Young Children about Enslavement: Discussion Questions for Educators

When, as well as how, do we talk with children about slavery? At what age do we first introduce the topic, and what concepts do we communicate at different ages? When do we think children can both cognitively understand and emotionally handle the truth about the realities of slavery? Here are some suggested questions prepared by Louise Derman-Sparks and Julie Olsen Edwards for Teaching for Change to help the early childhood community, families, and social justice activists to get started on this essential discussion. [continue reading…]
News & Highlights

Dr. Herbert L. Abrams, Who Worked Against Nuclear War, Dies at 95

Dr. Herbert L. Abrams, a radiologist at Stanford and Harvard Universities, died on Jan. 20 at his home in Palo Alto, Calif. He was 95. Dr. Abrams served as founding vice president of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which was awarded the Unesco Prize for Peace Education in 1984 and the Nobel Peace Prize a year later. In announcing the award, the Nobel Committee said the group had performed an important service “by spreading authoritative information and by creating an awareness of the catastrophic consequences of atomic warfare.” [continue reading…]

Senior Program Director: Peace First (Boston, MA – USA)

Peace First seeks a Senior Program Director to oversee the development and roll-out of an ambitious new program that will build a global network of young peacemakers (with a focus on youth ages 13 – 18), which is set to launch in September 2016. This role will be initially focused on the high-quality design and production of a digital community that will educate and engage young people as leaders responding to pressing social issues, using our 20+ years of curriculum content and our thousands of on-the-ground partners built through the Peace First Prize. With time, the program will expand to include local events in key markets around the world, social media, and celebrity engagement. [continue reading…]

Civil Resistance to Militarization: A Glimpse of Okinawa’s Nonviolent, Courageous and Tenacious Struggle for a Democratic Security Policy

This report, by Betty Reardon, is written in support of base reduction and withdrawal and in solidarity with the courageous people of Okinawa in their nonviolent resistance to the militarization that reduces their security and detracts from the quality of their daily lives. The Okinawa experience provides an educationally fruitful case for learning some of the vivid particularities of local civil society actions as a realm in which to exercise global citizenship. Similar actions are undertaken in other locations of long-term US military presence. Study of the international anti-base movement could illuminate the destructive consequences of the current militarized global security system to the well-being of host communities, undermining the human security of local populations. Further, and more important to the normative and ethical dimensions of peace education, these civil society actions are vivid examples of the refusal of base communities to accept the powerlessness that security policy makers assume when they make the decisions that ignore the will and welfare of the citizens most affected. [continue reading…]

Peace Education: International Perspectives

Edited by Monisha Bajaj and Maria Hantzopolous, “Peace Education: International Perspectives” brings together the voices of scholars and practitioners on challenges and possibilities of implementing peace education in diverse global sites and addresses key questions for students seeking to deepen their understanding of the field. The book not only highlights ground-breaking and rich qualitative studies from around the globe, but also analyses the limits and possibilities of peace education in diverse contexts of conflict and post-conflict societies. [continue reading…]
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Links between education and peace

This overview by Stephen Thompson, commissioned by the Governance and Social Development Resource Centre (GSDRC), outlines the links and contributions of education to peace. Education is a significant contributor to peace, and appears in two of the 24 indicators in the Positive Peace Index produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace. Education can lead to peace and be a part of ‘building back better’ by supporting the transformation of the security situation, political institutions, economic regeneration and social development. However, education policies can also contribute to the escalation of conflict if they are poorly designed or implemented. [continue reading…]

How Fears of Deportation Harm Kids’ Education

This article by The Atlantic observes that educators, advocates, and community and elected leaders are questioning the untold hardship on schoolchildren as America limps along with seemingly complex, confusing immigration laws and regulations. A 2013 study by the advocacy organization Human Impact Partners, “Family Unity, Family Health,” found that the deportation scares take a mental and physical toll on undocumented immigrants’ children. Researchers linked the threat of detention and deportation to poorer educational outcomes, concluding: “U.S.-citizen children who live in families under threat of detention or deportation will finish fewer years of school and face challenges focusing on their studies.” [continue reading…]
Action Alerts

Call to Contribute Ideas/Curricula & Report of Recent Actions Supporting the UN Open Ended Working Group on Nuclear Disarmament

On January 28, the UN Open Ended Working Group on nuclear disarmament (OEWG) will hold its first session in Geneva. The OEWG, open to all UN member states and to representatives of civil society, was established by the UN General Assembly to work on legal measures and norms to achieve a world without nuclear weapons. UNFOLD ZERO provides an overview of civil society actions and preparations for the OEWG and is hosting a competition to gather civil society actions – winners could win a trip to Geneva to participate in May sessions. In support of these efforts, the Global Campaign for Peace Education invites readers to submit study units and courses syllabi on nuclear disarmament that will be published on the Campaign website. [continue reading…]
Activity Reports

“Let’s Live in Peace with our Neighbors” (Armenia)

An exhibition dedicated to peace titled “Let’s Live in Peace with our Neighbors” was launched 14.10.2015 at the UN House in Armenia. 165 school-children from 8 regions of Armenia participated in the contest organized by World Council of Churches Armenia Round Table and the NGO Women for Development. All children who participated in the contest received certificates of participation and special UN 70 gifts. 53 paintings were chosen and are currently being exhibited in the UN Lobby, the top three received awards while some others were given recognition by UN agencies. [continue reading…]