Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in Turkey.

Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Peace Through Education

In mid-October, the foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation member countries met in Tashkent, Uzbekistan to find new ways to promote peace and prosperity, and fight radicalization and reign in violent extremism. In the belief that education is an important tool to promote peace and economic development and to combat the ideology of terrorism and violent extremism, the dignitaries adopted the theme “Education and Enlightenment: The Path to Peace and Creativity.” To facilitate the process of countering violent extremist ideology online, the Organization also launched the Center for Dialogue, Peace and Understanding.

American Foreign Service Association: National High School Essay Contest

This is the 19th year of this contest that encourages high school students to think about important international issues and learn about The United States Foreign Service. This year the spotlight is on a clear and present challenge: the growing number of refugees and internally displaced persons around the world. Contest deadline: March 15, 2017.

Nancy Flowers and Norma Tarrow, with moderator Dr. Monisha Bajaj (l to r) at the panel event on October 24.

Three Decades of Human Rights Education: A Conversation with HRE Pioneers Nancy Flowers & Norma Tarrow

After 30 years of advocating and educating for human rights in the United States, Nancy Flowers and Norma Tarrow addressed a packed room full of social justice and HRE graduate students, scholars, and educators at the University of San Francisco. Nancy and Norma went decade by decade through their interconnected experiences in advocating and educating about, for, and through human rights.

Free online course – Living at the Nuclear Brink: Yesterday and Today

This free online course is offered by Stanford University in partnership with The William J Perry Project, an initiative created by the former Secretary of Defense to work towards a world in which nuclear weapons are never used again. The key goals of this course are to warn you of the dangers you face and to give you some insight on what could be done to avoid those dangers. The course differs from many others in a fundamental way: our goal is not just to provide facts for your education, but to inspire you to take action.

Invitation to Participate: Survey Exploring Networked Impact of Peace/Conflict-Focused International Education Programs

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Boston are conducting a study on the networks formed through peace/conflict-focused international education and study abroad programs, and the impact that these networks have in fostering peace. If you direct (or work/teach in) such a program, or have in the past, they ask for your assistance in filling out an online survey.

“COLECTIVO EDUCACIÓN PARA LA PAZ” MANIFESTO: Farewell to war! Reasons for a Pedagogy for Peace

This manifesto, issued by ‘El Colectivo Educación para la Paz’ of Colombia outlines a collective commitment to, and vision for, peace education through clearly articulated values and principles for peace education and peace pedagogy.

‘El Colectivo Educación para la Paz’ (The Peace Education Collective) constitutes an effort of several universities, research centers and non-governmental organizations at the national and international order committed to the design, management and implementation of plans, programs and projects of national and international practices aimed at reducing social exclusion and violence impact, as well as strengthen a culture of peace, peaceful coexistence and recognition of differences.

Peace initiative: Professionals to be trained as peace ambassadors (Pakistan)

The nongovernmental organization Empowerment through Creative Integration has signed a memorandum of understanding with Pakistan Vocational Training Centres for the implementation of a three-month project titled Professionals as Peace Ambassadors in Multan. Under the project, individuals will be assigned to visit the academic institutions and organizations to develop leadership qualities and to train professionals to take part in activities that promote peace initiatives in their respective organizations.

“Columba-Hypatia: Astronomy for Peace” pilot project launch

The Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR) and the Home for Cooperation (H4C) in collaboration with the science education initiative GalileoMobile successfully launched the “Columba-Hypatia: Astronomy for Peace” project last week at the ‘Home for Cooperation’. The goal of the project is to both inspire an interest in science and the cosmos, and to also promote interaction, understanding and eventually a Culture of Peace. Understanding our planet’s place in the wider universe through the lens of modern astrophysics provides us with a worldview in which we can appreciate our similarities rather than focus on our differences. Therefore, the fun and educational astronomy activities and workshops successfully enabled the participants to reach a collective understanding of these ideas.

Education and Training in Nonviolent Resistance

This report highlights key strategic functions and outcomes of education and training in nonviolent civil resistance movements around the world. Funded by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), it draws on findings from research, trainer and participant interviews, and the author’s experience with nonviolent civil movements.

Kathy Fletcher and David Simpson shared a meal and sparklers with more than a dozen young people this Fourth of July. (Photo: AOKDC.org)

The Power of a Dinner Table

David Brooks, in a recent NY Times Op Ed, shares a powerful model of non-formal community/family-based peace education.
Kathy Fletcher and David Simpson have a son named Santi, who went to Washington, D.C., public schools. Santi had a friend who sometimes went to school hungry. So Santi invited him to occasionally eat and sleep at his house. That friend had a friend and that friend had a friend, and now when you go to dinner at Kathy and David’s house on Thursday night there might be 15 to 20 teenagers crammed around the table. The kids who show up at Kathy and David’s have endured the ordeals of modern poverty: homelessness, hunger, abuse, sexual assault. Almost all have seen death firsthand — to a sibling, friend or parent.

Chintan Girish Modi (left). (Photo: thealternative.in)

50 students talk of Indo-Pak peace in workshop

Mumbai-based writer, educator and peace builder Chintan Girish Modi conducted a workshop with students of Dikshant International School on the topic, ‘India-Pakistan: Scripting a New Future’. Modi, is also the founder of Friendships Across Borders: Aao Dosti Karein – an initiative that uses the power of storytelling and social media to foster cross-border friendships and transform hostility into hope.

New Publication: How to Introduce Gender in History Teaching

How to Introduce Gender in History Teaching, a publication of the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR), focuses on gender as a missing lens when teaching history in school. The silencing of women’s involvement in Cyprus history results in the neglecting of the multiple ways in which they have contributed to and participated in society. After reviewing the different ways Greek-Cypriot as well as Turkish-Cypriot women have been kept absent from school history, we conclude with eight lesson plans for teaching history from a gender perspective.

2016 Edward O’Brien Human Rights Education Awards Winners

Human Rights Educators USA (HRE USA) announced the winners of the 2016 Edward O’Brien Award for Human Rights Education. Felisa Tibbitts of Columbia Teachers College is the recipient of the award for individual achievement in the field. Jean-Louis Peta Ikambana will accept the organizational award on behalf of the DC Human Rights Learning Project, an initiative of the American Friends Service Committee.