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As a Teacher and a Daughter: The Impact of Islamophobia

As educators, we know that our words carry a powerful weight. Although we can’t control how the media portrays Muslim people, we can encourage students to think critically about the messages that they receive from the media. We must also protect our students from classroom debates where they are singled out and feel like they have to defend their faith. One way to mitigate the impact of Islamophobia is to teach our students about it. We need to expose and critique the myths being constructed about Islam all around them in the media, in public discourse, and even in their classrooms.

The Global Issues in Language Education Special Interest Group celebrates the publication of the 100th edition of their newsletter

The Global Issues in Language Education Special Interest Group of the Japan Association for Language Teaching promotes the integration of global issues, global awareness and social responsibility in language teaching as well as awareness among language teachers of important developments in global education and the fields of environmental education, human rights education, peace education and development education.

Seventh Biennial Report of the UN Secretary-General on Disarmament and Non-proliferation Education

The Seventh Biennial Report of the UN Secretary-General on Disarmament and Non-proliferation Education (A/71/124) was submitted to the 71st session of the General Assembly to review the implementation of the recommendations of the United Nations study on disarmament and non-proliferation education. The report includes implementation summaries from governments and several civil society organizations.

A demonstrator holds up his fist in protest outside the Triple S convenience store where Alton Sterling was shot dead by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 9, 2016. (Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman)

How Black Lives Matter Activists Plan to Fix Schools

The Movement for Black Lives Matter coalition recently published a platform outlining a range of specific policies it would like to see take shape at the local, state, and federal levels. The education proposals are rooted in the K-12 space because the U.S. public-school system is so broken that college is never an option for many young people of color.

Tavon and Samaria Rice lean on each other, both wearing pins with pictures of Tamir. (Photo: Liz Schlemmer, St. Louis Public Radio)

A Truth Hearing: Siblings of those killed by police or community violence share stories

Youth Speak Truth brought together the narratives of people who have lost a loved one to what they see as racialized violence. The event was organized by the Truth Telling Project and Michael Brown’s family foundation, Chosen for Change. It opened a four-day weekend designed to celebrate Brown’s life. Aug. 9 will mark two years since the 18-year-old was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

Nigeria Government Urged To Include Human Rights In Education Curriculum

The Federal Government of Nigeria has been advised to integrate human rights training into the national education curriculum at secondary and tertiary levels particularly at police colleges and training institutions of other security agencies and the law School. This is one of the recommendations of participants at a one week sensitization and train-the-trainers workshop on human rights for the Nigeria Police Force, members of the Nigerian Bar Association, the Civil Society, the Judiciary and other stakeholders in the Justice Sector held in Calabar, Cross River State.

Three Decades of Peace Education in the Philippines

On June 27-28, 2016, the Dept. of Peace and Conflict Studies of the University for Peace and the Center for Peace Education of Miriam College organized a Forum on the theme “Three Decades of Peace Education in the Philippines.” The Forum, held at Miriam College, Quezon City Philippines, gathered more than 60 peace educators and advocates from all over the country. It provided an opportunity for sharing stories of hope and challenges of formal and/or non-formal or community educators in promoting peace education over the past three decades. Participants were also able to share renewed hope and inspiration of how to move forward as peace educators to fulfill a vision of a more just, compassionate, peaceful and sustainable planet.

Peace Boat US participants paint a mural about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals with the Kuna indigenous community in Panama.

Peace Education & the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Latin America – Summer Program Report

On June 24, a group of youth from New York City joined Peace Boat US as part of a two week study program through Central America focusing on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and peacebuilding efforts in the region. The team of 24 included participants from Global Kids, an NYC-based organization that works for global learning and youth development, and interns with Peace Boat US.

Peace Studies Glossary

This peace studies glossary was developed by Joanie Connors. Peace Studies’ courses are challenging to students who have been brought up with limited worldviews and right/wrong thinking. Glossaries are important for students of varying backgrounds to be on the same page in studying any subject, but they are especially needed for courses that challenge status quo thinking. In addition to covering generally accepted terms in peace and conflict resolution, this glossary includes the systems perspective and interpersonal science.

Illustration from the cover of "Education for Peace: Experiences from Practice"

Education for Peace: Experiences from Practice (Montenegro and Serbia)

The handbook “Education for Peace-Experiences from Practice” has been translated into English and is now available online. The handbook is the result of cooperation of participants of the regional project “Educational Institutions Implement Education for Peace” and contains articles and lesson preparations with elements of education for peace. The project was jointly implemented by NDC Serbia and NDC Montenegro (GPPAC Western Balkans). The official promotion of the handbook was held in Belgrade on 16 July 2016 during the meeting of the representatives of Nansen Dialogue Network.