Announcing the Compartir Peace Education Prize – Colombia

The Compartir Foundation will award a new Peace Education Prize that recognizes, promotes and makes visible in Colombia educational projects, teachers and principals, who are also transforming leaders using active pedagogical strategies – participatory, inclusive and meaningful practices – that promote attitudes, beliefs and practices consistent with cultures of peace, especially in contexts where exclusion, aggression and violence practices have been common.

A peace poetry gathering in Khyber Pakhtunkwa. (Photo: Wehmi Aurakzai)

Peace poetry: a burgeoning movement in Pakistan’s KP province

Adnan Bangash, an avid reader of peace poetry, says the promotion of peaceful literature is the best way to guide people in the current chaotic circumstances in which the country finds itself. “Our land is combusting in the flames of war,” he says. “By spreading peace education, we can support society to turn away from conflict.”

World poverty could be cut in half if all adults completed secondary education

ew UNESCO policy paper shows that the global poverty rate could be more than halved if all adults completed secondary school. Yet, new data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) show persistently high out-of-school rates in many countries, making it likely that completion levels in education will remain well below that target for generations to come.

Fellow, Quaker United Nations Office

 Visit the AFSC job site for more information and to apply Application deadline: July 18, 2017 Quaker United Nations Office – New York (QUNO) “QUNO’s mission is to help the United Nations fully carry out its responsibility to prevent violent conflict and build sustainable peace around the world. We work with diplomats, UN officials and […]

More efforts are needed to mainstream values like tolerance and the appreciation of cultural diversity within National Education Policies

An analysis of different themes and concepts associated with Global Citizenship Education (GCED) reveals that within the main topics associated with GCED, appreciation of cultural diversity and tolerance are less likely to be reflected in national education policies, curriculum and teacher education.

Fazl-e-Rabi, left, president of the British Pashtoon Association, visits classes at the Zamung Kor orphanage in Peshawar April 9. [Photo: Karwan Tanzeem]

Education essential for peace, progress in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Two organizations, Karwan Tanzeem, based in Peshawar, and the British Pashtoon Association (BPA), based in the UK, are joining forces to raise the education level, create awareness among youth, and steer them away from militancy, violence and extremism.

Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the United Nations. (Photo: Mitsu (Eric) Kimura, SUA Archivist)

Critical Next Steps in Enhancing Women’s Equality and Empowerment

Enhancing women’s equality is fundamental to the possibility of peace and is an essential realm of inquiry and action for peace education.  Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury highlights significant historical developments, disappointments and possibilities for transformative change in support of gender equality that is essential for the possibility of sustainable peace.

Prof. Olusola Oyewole (left), the President AAU, presenting an appreciation certificate to President Akufo-Addo. (Photo: Samuel Tei Adano)

President of Ghana: Don’t rely on World Bank on education funding choices

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has challenged African governments not to rely on the World Bank and other institutions to decide on the choices they have to make concerning policies and the funding of education on the continent. “We should not get into arguments with foreign agencies about our priorities. We must set our own priorities and we must accept that we must provide the funds to translate our plans into reality,” he said. 

ICNC Publishes Special Report on Peacebuilding and Civil Resistance

The report by ICNC describes how civil resistance and peacebuilding can work in tandem throughout four stages of transformation of asymmetric conflicts. The conclusion highlights takeaways for researchers, nonviolent activists and educators, peacebuilding practitioners and international agencies seeking to support constructive, effective conflict transformation.