Transformative Peace Pedagogy: Fostering a Reflective, Critical, and Inclusive Praxis for Peace Studies

This article by Tony Jenkins offers a brief philosophical and pedagogical framework and rationale for transformative peace pedagogy as a preferred approach and philosophy of teaching and learning in peace studies. Transformative peace pedagogy fosters the development of a self-reflective praxis and nurtures a holistic, inclusive relationship between the inner (personal) and outer (political, action oriented) dimensions of peacebuilding. This praxis is the basis for both internal consideration and social and political action that is pursued by peace studies.

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14 Social Innovation Fellowships You Need to Know

In the social impact space, fellowships are a great way to fuel that spark and build the skills crucial for high impact changemakering careers. Whether you are a recent graduate, a leader of a functioning social venture or a professional looking for a complete career shift, there is a fellowship out there for you. Check out this list of 14 social impact fellowship opportunities curated by Ashoka U.

Making history in the United Nations: The General Assembly adopts a Declaration on the Right to peace promoted by civil society organizations

On 19 December 2016, the plenary of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) ratified by a majority of its Member States the Declaration on the Right to Peace as previously adopted by the UNGA Third Committee on 18 November 2016 in New York and the Human Rights Council (HRC) on 1 July 2016 in Geneva.

Search for Common Ground seeks beta-testers for innovative social media/video game

Over the past two years, Search for Common Ground has brought together experts from engineering, marketing, and academia with young peacebuilders from around the world. They’ve envisioned a new way to reach young people with a vision of global leadership: “Battle for Humanity” – a global, online platform where social media meets real-life video game.

Book Review: Peace education from the grassroots

“Peace education from the grassroots,” edited by Ian M. Harris, is a volume in the Information Age Press series: Peace Education, edited by Laura Finley & Robin Cooper. This review, authored by Mallory Servais, is one in a series co-published by the Global Campaign for Peace Education and In Factis Pax: Journal of Peace Education and Social Justice toward promoting peace education scholarship.

Columbia University Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP) is now accepting applications for Fall 2017

The Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP) is now accepting applications for Fall 2017. HRAP is a unique and successful model of human rights capacity building based at Columbia University in New York City. More than 300 Advocates from over 80 countries have participated in this program since 1989. Applications are due January 31, 2017.

FreshEd interview with Hakim Williams: Youth violence and the neocolonial system of education in Trinidad

FreshEd with Will Brehm is a weekly podcast that makes complex ideas in educational research easily understood. This December 12 interview explores youth violence in Trinidad with guest Hakim Mohandas Amani Williams. Hakim situates his study of Trinidad within the country’s colonial past. He is also actively creating a new paradigm to address youth violence that blends a systems approach with restorative justice practices.

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How Investing In Preschool Beats The Stock Market, Hands Down

(NPR) There’s a growing body of research on the value and importance of high-quality early education programs — especially for disadvantaged kids. But there’s surprisingly little research on its impact over time. A new paper. “The Life-Cycle Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood Program,” co-authored by Nobel laureate James Heckman, helps change that. Heckman and his co-authors examine the many ways in which these high-quality programs helped participants thrive throughout life.

Neila (8) attends school in Calle Santa Rosa community in Cauca municipality in Colombia. (Photo: Ingrid Prestetun/NRC)

Colombia: Education is key to end the violence

For more than five decades, the armed conflict in Colombia has prevented the country’s youth from building a future. Now, they might soon be given a seat in the classroom. In Colombia’s rural areas, the armed conflict has prevented children and youth from attending school, according to a new report by the Norwegian Centre for Conflict Resolution (NOREF) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).
“Getting these children back to school will be key to secure peace and stabilisation in Colombia,” said NRC’s country director in Colombia, Christian Visnes.

Change: History Learning and Human Rights Education

“Change: History Learning and Human Rights Education,” a new book by Martin Gap, Felisa Tibbitts, Else Angel, Lea Fenner (Ed.), asks what opportunities offer combinations of human rights education and history learning for the empowerment of learners and for further development of both educational approaches? And what would such a combination look like in educational practice?

Cartoon by Mike Luckovich, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Trump Syllabus K12: Lesson Plans for Teaching During this New Age of Resistance (#TrumpSyllabusK12)

#TrumpSyllabusK12 is a compilation of lesson plans written by and for K-12th grade teachers (and college educators) for teaching about the 2016 presidential campaign; about resistance and revolution; about white privilege and white supremacy; about state-sanctioned violence and sanctuary classrooms; about fake news and Facebook; and, about freedom and justice. It is designed to transform our classrooms into liberated nonsexist nonmisogynistic anti-racist anti-classist spaces without any boundaries or borders. It is meant to liberate and free our students by providing them with lesson plans to challenge them to become global critical thinkers.

Critical Choices: Assessing The Effects Of Education and Civic Engagement on Somali Youths’ Propensity Towards Violence

Understanding what works to reduce violence, including violent extremism, is a key priority for many policymakers. Despite this need, to date there is very little research evaluating the effects of development programs on violence reduction. To address this knowledge gap, Mercy Corps undertook a rigorous impact evaluation of a 5-year stability-focused youth program in Somalia known as the Somali Youth Leaders Initiative (SYLI).