USIP: Senior Program Officer

The Senior Program Officer position serves as a senior conflict management trainer and curriculum designer in the USIP Academy and is a thought leader around mediation, negotiation and dialogue for the Institute as a whole. The incumbent will be responsible for the design and delivery of conflict resolution trainings, the development of simulation and case study materials, including for online courses, and the creation of additional onsite courses and programs.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed AlNahyan. (Photo: WAM)

UAE schools told to teach moral education

Abu Dhabi: Schools across UAE must now offer Moral Education as a mandatory subject and part of their curricula, following a directive issued by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince. The subject must focus on the teaching of five key elements — ethics, personal and community development, culture and heritage, civic education and human rights and responsibilities.

Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking

The 2016 edition of Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking provides a more comprehensive view of the human rights funding landscape than ever before. Released by the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) and Foundation Center, the report analyzes 20,300 grants to 12,262 organizations worldwide in 2013. In total, 803 funders awarded $2.3 billion in funding for human rights — a 23 percent increase in giving between 2012 and 2013 among a consistent subset of funders.

Senior Researcher, Peace and Development: SIPRI

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), an independent international institute whose core mission is to undertake research and activities on security, conflict and peace, is hiring a Senior Researcher. The Peace and Development research cluster is one of three broad areas of study in the new SIPRI research architecture. Application closing date: July 31.

Outcomes and Learnings from an Ethics Education Pilot Program in Kenya

The Pilot Program to implement the Learning to Live Together (LTLT) Programme in the Tana River County came to an end, delivering positive outcomes, particularly in relation to its impact on children, teachers and the communities. The initiative, which took off in September 2014, was developed by Arigatou International Geneva, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Kenya (MoEST) and UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa, reaching 657 children between 9 and 17 years old.

A peace-building response to the rise of ‘Trumpism’

In this OpEd, Cheryl Duckworth suggests we must mainstream peace education in every American student’s classroom to teach them to resolve conflict without violence, to respect multiple historical narratives of conflicts past, to be able to identify scapegoating and to value human rights. Global citizenship education, a sister of peace education, strengthens a nation by ensuring its youth have intercultural skills and global awareness.

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Keeping the Peace: Mexican Navy Integrates Peace Education

The Mexican Navy is trying a new approach to domestic peacekeeping in the troubled city of Veracruz. The force recently incorporated the Peace Education Program (PEP) into its training regime, offering the course to more than 240 marines, police officers, and security officials at its base there. Captain Antonio Morales, Commander of the Naval Police in Veracruz participated in the training. “The results were excellent. People were deeply impacted. People found ways they can change their self-esteem, health, behavior—this yields better people,” he said. “If we have better people, we have better police officers, and with better police officers on the street, we will have more safety in the community, which is going to have a positive impact.”

Broadcasting Peace: Case Study on Education for Peace Through Radio

This case study portrays a Learning for Peace intervention carried out in partnership with Straight Talk Foundation to promote awareness about conflict drivers, strengthen peacebuilding competencies and the capacity of youth and communities to mitigate and manage conflicts in and around education. The intervention is informed by a 2014-15 conflict analysis of the education sector in Uganda and has utilized a Communication for Development approach comprising media-based, school-based and community dialogue activities.

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European Ministers back education for democracy to counter extremism, racism

Education ministers and officials from 50 countries attended the Council of Europe Standing Conference of Ministers of Education, in Brussels from 11-12 April, 2016, to discuss the theme “”Securing democracy through education: The development of a Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture”.

Institute of International Education: Program Officer II, Junior Faculty Development

The Institute of International Education is hiring a Program Officer II who will be responsible for managing the design and implementation of short-term visiting (non-U.S.) faculty development programs for Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, and Tunisia on behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the U.S. Embassy in Iraq.

Project to get Peer Mediation in every school launched in New Zealand

On July 7 the Peace Foundation launched its most important project in 41 years with the goal to fund the expansion of its flagship Peer Mediation Programmes for primary, secondary and kura kaupapa Maori schools across New Zealand. In the last 22 years, the Peace Foundation has given peer mediation skills training to teachers and students from a total of 2000 schools. It currently provides resources to about 450 schools, and has in the last year given dedicated trainings in 80 schools.

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UNESCO Launches Teacher’s Guide on the Prevention of Violent Extremism

UNESCO’s Teacher Guide on the Prevention of Violent Extremism provides practical tips to educators seeking guidance on how to discuss the subject in classrooms. The Guide was developed within the framework of UNESCO’s work on Global Citizenship Education and in response to the request of UNESCO’s Member States for assistance in strengthening their education sector responses to violent extremism.

Local films show peaceful, harmonious side of Mindanao (Philippines)

Eight local, independent filmmakers dared audiences to correct their misconceptions against the Bangsamoro and Filipino Muslims by viewing Mindanao through a peace lens in a showing of the film project “The Long Reach of Short Films – Telling Stories of Peace in Mindanao in Cine Adarna”.

“We try to find a different way to tackle the Bangsamoro issue. Films are important to create discussions and dialogue and impact emotionally,” said project manager Manuel Domes. “Our main focus is not so much on the grander level of peace discourse but on the level of peace education, understanding the context, and articulating it.”

Southern Africa Regional Meeting on Global Citizenship Education convened in Johannesburg, South Africa

The UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA), in collaboration with the UNESCO Headquarters and the South African National Commission for UNESCO, organized a Southern Africa Regional meeting on Global Citizenship Education, in Johannesburg, South Africa on July 4-5, 2016.