Education – a pathway to deradicalisation (Pakistan)

Dr Musarat Amin calls for compulsory peace education at levels 8-9-10 in public schools as students of these age groups are more prone to extremist ideologies. That peace education should be a combination of Islamic as well as Western literature that promotes tolerance, peaceful co-existence and harmony amongst different segments of the society.

Accept the Peace First Challenge

Peace First is launching the Peace First Challenge – a call to action for teams of young people in the United States to create powerful solutions for issues in their schools and local communities. If you are between the ages of 13-24, we challenge you to change your communities for the better by crossing lines of difference, standing up for yourselves and others, and joining with others to solve community problems. Together, show the world the power young people have to be a force for good! Registration deadline: February 10.

Office for National Unity and Reconciliation Chairperson former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga said her office was working with the Education Ministry to include ‘reconciliation’ as a special subject in the school curriculum. (Photo: Sri Lanka Guardian)

Sri Lanka: ‘Reconciliation’ will be included in school curriculum

Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) Chairperson former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga (CBK) said her office was working with the Education Ministry to include ‘reconciliation’ as a special subject in the school curriculum.

Over 160 children learned about God as Father at the Little Heroes event in Lattakia, Syria (Photo: SAT-7)

Prophetic, Practical Peacemaking in Syria and Iraq

The Church of England’s only Syrian-born clergyman, Dr Nadim Nassar, is also Director of the London-based Awareness Foundation, a charity that provides peace-making education in Syria and Iraq and builds understanding between faiths in the UK. The scars left by war and brutality are deep but the education programmes run by the Awareness Foundation are transformative.

Africa’s children have become a large “emergent market” for private investors. (Photo: Kyle Taylor)

A controversial American school chain and the battle to teach Africa’s children

Backed by the World Bank and billionaires Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, Bridge International has launched a massive campaign to privatize public education in Africa. Despite charges the U.S. corporation is experimenting on African children, violating the constitution in at least two African countries, and providing inferior education, Bridge International is undaunted, even suing the government of Uganda for closing down 63 of its for-profit schools earlier this year.

Learning to live together in peace through Global Citizenship Education

This UNESCO video explains the importance of Global Citizenship Education (GCED) in a globalized and increasingly interconnected and interdependent world. GCED is key to understand the interconnections between the local and the global and nurture a sense of belonging to a common humanity. It builds motivation to assume active roles to contribute to a more just, peaceful, tolerant and sustainable world.

A Global Security System: An Alternative to War (2016 Edition)

“A Global Security System: An Alternative to War,” a publication of World Beyond War, describes the “hardware” of creating a peace system, and the “software” — the values and concepts — necessary to operate a peace system and the means to spread these globally. World Beyond War invites educators to consider “A Global Security System” for class adoption in peace studies programs. Free examination copies are available to faculty upon request.

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Glenn D. Paige: pioneer of nonkilling studies and peace researcher (1929-2017)

On Sunday January 22, 2017, Glenn D. Paige passed away in Honolulu after struggling with illnesses at the age of 87. Founder of the Center for Global Nonkilling, his is a life that has given so much with his firm belief that the world could change for the better; and that killing could end with the advent and advances of the nonkilling knowledge.

Book Review – Peace and conflict studies research: a qualitative perspective

“Peace and conflict studies research: a qualitative perspective,” edited by Robin Cooper and Laura Finley, is a volume in the Information Age Press series: Peace Education, edited by Laura Finley & Robin Cooper. This review, authored by Mike Klein, 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.

Resistance 101: A Lesson for Inauguration Day Teach-Ins and Beyond

Since the election, student protests across the country against bigotry and injustice have been inspiring. Now students need the opportunity to learn the history of people’s movements in order to deepen their protests into organizing that can win real change. To help introduce a history of resistance to injustice, Teaching for Change has created Resistance 101, a lesson for middle and high school classes to use for Inauguration Day Teach-Ins and beyond to #TeachResistance.

Book Review – Peace Jobs: a student’s guide to starting a career working for peace

“Peace jobs: a student’s guide to starting a career working for peace” by David J. Smith, is a volume in the Information Age Press series: Peace Education, edited by Laura Finley & Robin Cooper. This review, authored by Janet Gray, 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.

International Institute on Peace Education 2017: Innsbruck, Austria

The 2017 International Institute for Peace Education (IIPE) will be held in Innsbruck, Austria from August 27 to September 2, 2017. Exploring the theme of “Aesthetic Peaces: Social, Political & Embodied Learning – Responses for Human & Planetary Survival,” IIPE 2017 is being organized in partnership with the IIPE Secretariat, members of the Faculty of Education and Queens’ College at the University of Cambridge, and the MA Program and UNESCO Chair for Peace Studies at the University of Innsbruck.