Parachutes and rainsticks: young children learn listening skills through play. (Photo: Jane Hobson)

Quakers hold conference on peace education for schools (UK)

On a day when Britain awoke, divided and disappointed by the EU Referendum and bruised by acrimonious campaigning, Quakers in Britain hosted a ground-breaking national conference for teachers to learn how to equip pupils to handle conflict in a constructive way and to develop critical thinking skills. Educationalists from more than 80 schools across Britain attended “Learning Through Peace” at Friends House in London.

Francois Ruharamirindi , the headteacher of Groupe Scolaire Cyabagarura in Musanze District, speaks to the youth at the exhibition in Kigali, yesterday. (Photo: Nadege Imbabazi)

Rwanda: Youth Challenged to Be Peacemakers

A three-day mobile art exhibition depicting poetry, paintings and featuring stories of peacemakers is currently underway in Kigali. The exhibition was organised to inspire and challenge the youth to become peacemakers in their communities. Didier Rutagungira, the communications officer at Aegis Trust, said the aim of the exhibition is to showcase peace stories and messages from different people from across Rwanda. “The stories primarily focus on individuals who initiated projects that fostered peace after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and still continue to do so,” he said.

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Peace education course; orientation for Chennai Corporation school teachers held

Gandhi Peace Foundation has evolved pedagogy on Peace Education based on Gandhian Values for school children. This is being implemented in schools run by the Chennai Corporation with the help of teachers and college students. A one-day orientation for this project was held on June 22 for 30 teachers from thirty Chennai High & Higher Secondary Schools.

Columbia Law School invites applications for its Columbia Human Rights Clinical Teaching Fellowship

Columbia Law School invites applications for its Columbia Human Rights Clinical Teaching Fellowship. The incumbent will hold the title of Associate Research Scholar and will play the role of Senior Clinical Teaching Fellow. She/he will also have the opportunity to teach the Human Rights Clinic as a Lecturer in Law.

The economic impact of violence on the global economy in 2015 was $13.6 trillion in purchasing power parity (PPP) terms. This figure represents 13.3 per cent of the world’s economic activity (gross world product) or $1,876 for every person in the world.

2016 Global Peace Index Records a Historically Less Peaceful and More Unequal World

The 2016 Global Peace Index (GPI) shows the world became less peaceful in the last year, reinforcing the underlying trend of declining peace over the last decade. Results also show a growing global inequality in peace, with the most peaceful countries continuing to improve while the least peaceful are falling into greater violence and conflict.

Civilians flee south from renewed fighting in Abyei.

The Future of Peace: How the Business of Peace is changing the Culture of Conflict

How can peace be understood as something just as thrilling, as daring, as engaging, as the struggle to deny our darkest paths? That is the future of peace. It is peace as more than a goal. It is peace taking its turn in the circle of hard marketing sells. Steve Killela initiated the first Global Peace Index (GPI) in 2006 in part to display the better business of peace critical to the 21st century.

The fountain in the center of the The Cornerstone of peace memorial in Okinawa Heiwakinen Memorial Park. (Photo: CEphoto, Uwe Aranas)

Memorial day in Okinawa about more than just reliving the past

When 23-year-old Shun Kuninaka attended elementary school in his native Okinawa Prefecture, “peace education” was a turnoff. Children were forced to listen to accounts of the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, and what they heard was gruesome and disturbing.

As a student at the University of the Ryukyus, Kuninaka became involved in peace education. But he also felt the futility of his undertaking. “What is the best way to get students to learn from history?” Kuninaka asked himself. This eventually led to the foundation of a student venture business that he called “Gachiyun.” The name is a combination of two Okinawan expressions: “gachi” for “serious” and “yuntaku” for “conversation.”

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Teachers lead the way towards Peace in their Classrooms and Communities in Rakhine State (Myanmar)

Yangon: The Ministry of Education in Myanmar and UNESCO are jointly implementing the “Education for Peace and Development in Northern Rakhine State” project through funding support from the Belgium government. Teachers, principals and education officers from have been trained in life skills for peace and conflict transformation. This reaffirms the commitment of the Ministry of Education to promote peace education as a means for fostering mutual respect for cultural diversity at a school level.

Call for Applications, World Innovation Summit for Education, Accelerator

The WISE Accelerator is dedicated to supporting and developing innovative education initiatives with high potential for scalability and positive impact. The program engages qualified mentors and partners with the specific expertise to support and ensure the development of projects through effective, concrete strategies.

A peace march through Balboa Park, San Diego, California, 2003 to protest the Iraq War seven days before it began. (Photo: Patty Mooney, Crystal Pyramid Productions)

The Need for a Conclave of Associations and Groups in Our Field

Professionals doing very similar peace work but participating in different groups are typically not connected and the lack of linkages or even communication between various organizations and their members present complications and roadblocks to advancing important social and policy change. In an era of limited funding coupled with the difficultly of finding time to participate in professional associations, would not the entire field benefit from knowing more about each other’s work, and thereby, find commonality that could advance practice, research, education, and policy outcomes?

Video: Betty Reardon & Anwarul Chowdhury in conversation about Daisaku Ikeda’s “Speech that Changed the World”

On June 13, 2016 Dr. Betty Reardon and Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury engaged in conversation at Soka University of America in celebration of Daisaku Ikeda’s “Speech that Changed the World.” The speech, given at Teachers College, Columbia University 20 years ago, was entitled “Thoughts on Education for Global Citizenship,” and it was through this speech that Ikeda presented a message of hope that is relevant to our current times, rife with divisive rhetoric. The vision of education that Ikeda outlined in his speech has inspired many change makers around the world.

The University of Seychelles

Seychelles set to become hub for peace studies

The University of Seychelles has announced that it is considering setting up an international centre for peace studies and diplomacy with the expert guidance and experience of Seychelles’ founding President Sir James Mancham. The University of Seychelles (UniSey) has said this is an ambitious and timely project that will add to the reputation of Seychelles as a peaceful nation making a further contribution to global society.

Two Anthologies of Betty Reardon’s Work: A Pioneer in Peace Education and Gender

Betty A. Reardon is a world-renowned leader in the fields of peace education and human rights; her pioneering work has laid the foundation for a new cross-disciplinary integration of peace education and international human rights from a gender-conscious, global perspective. These two anthologies, published by Springer, provide an essential introduction and historical overview to the fields of peace education and gender and peace.

A peace-building event organized by RPEP. (photo RPEP Facebook)

3-year peace education program concludes (Rwanda)

After three years of building sustainable peace in communities across the country, the Rwanda Peace Education Program (RPEP) is coming to a close. RPEP has reached more than 50,000 people from more than 20 districts across Rwanda promoting positive values including social cohesion, pluralism and personal responsibility, empathy, critical thinking and action to build a more peaceful society.

UN peacekeepers from Niger stand at attention at the Niger Battalion Base in Ansongo, in eastern Mali. (Photo: UN)

Promoting a Culture of Peace through Education: UNESCO Celebrates UN Peacekeeping Day in Dakar

To further promote a culture of peace and joint initiatives between UN agencies in support of this programme, UNESCO shared its vision, its framework of action and its activities on education for a culture of peace during the celebrations of the UN peacekeeping day with a debate on “peace through education and culture” at the United Nations Information Center in Dakar on Friday, 27 May, 2016.