Global Campaign for Peace Education - monthly newsletter/digest
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Dear subscriber,

This month the Global Campaign for Peace Education launched "Where to Study Peace Education:  A Global Directory" (see article below).  With the launch of this new tool we take great strides in making learning opportunities in peace education more accessible to all!  

Our gentle monthly reminder: please help us "spread peace ed" by using the hashtags #SpreadPeaceEd and #PeaceEd, following us on social media, and by sharing and reposting news on your timeline and in your communities.  The Global Campaign is very active on Facebook and Twitter.  

In peace & solidarity,

Tony Jenkins
Coordinator, Global Campaign for Peace Education

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Featured Article(s)

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Where to Study Peace Education: A Global Directory

Where to Study Peace Education: A Global Directory

All around the world there is a growing demand for peace education, yet few know of the learning opportunities that exist for gaining knowledge, developing capacities, and building the fundamental pedagogical skills for teaching peace. In support of this need, the Global Campaign for Peace Education, in partnership with the International Institute on Peace Education and the Peace Education Initiative at The University of Toledo has developed “Where to Study Peace Education: A Global Directory.” This online catalog provides an easy to search inventory of formal and non-formal programs, courses, workshops and recurring conferences in peace education from around the world.

Peace studies programs are abundant in the US and abroad, however, few of these programs focus on educational theory or practice. Therefore, our directory is unique in its focus on programs, courses and trainings specific to research and the study of peace education, and the preparation of formal and non-formal educators to teach for peace. Current listings are oriented towards adult learners or educators, not programs offered directly to students in schools.

Listings in the directory fall into two broad categories:

1) The study of education (systems, philosophy, pedagogy) and its role in building peace
2) Teacher and learning facilitator training and preparation in peace education (theory, methodology, pedagogy)

The Directory thus far includes programs, courses and trainings focused on the study of the philosophy of education, critical pedagogy, democratic education / citizenship education, emergency education, social justice education, restorative practices, conflict resolution education (and peer mediation), educational development studies, human rights education and learning, and education for gender equity / equality and women’s empowerment.

We need your help to grow the directory!

We know there are many more programs out there. If you are running a program, teaching a course, or are currently a student studying peace education, or have the necessary information about such a program, please take a few moments to complete our online submission form. We are interested in gathering details about current formal (university based), informal (conferences, non-university based trainings) and non-formal (independent, citizen-based) programs of study and ongoing trainings and workshops. Programs submitted should go beyond the content of peace and conflict studies courses and should emphasize pedagogy or practice, teaching theory, educational policy, or research related to peace education.

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News & Views

(News, Opinion, Activity Reports)

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Through Peace Education, Youth Can Become Vanguards of Peace in the Great Lakes Region

Over the past five decades, youth have played a central role in the numerous violent conflicts that have afflicted the African Great Lakes Region. The existence of deeply entrenched stereotypes based on ethnicity or nationality has been a key impediment for the prospects of peace. These stereotypes, marinated over the decades, have long been internalised by local communities and have regrettably been handed down to successive generations. We have a strong conviction that peace education offers the promise of nurturing a new generation of youth into vanguards of peace in the Great Lakes Region. It is on this premise that the ICGLR and Interpeace will bring together key stakeholders from the region to a Peace Education Summit in Nairobi on 3 – 4 March 2016.

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President Obama’s sister coming to Sacramento State to teach peace

President Obama’s sister coming to Sacramento State to teach peace

As President Barack Obama struggles to resolve conflicts around the world, his younger half-sister Maya Soetoro-Ng focuses on teaching young people how to live peacefully in their own communities. She is coming to California State University, Sacramento, to share her thoughts on building peace from the ground up.

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Sports minister urges youth to promote peace (Angola)

Sports minister urges youth to promote peace (Angola)

Angolan minister of Youth and Sports Gonçalves Muandumba recommended engagement and responsibility of students in promoting peace, harmony, solidarity, civic attitude and patriotism. This was at the opening ceremony of the 14th Edition of the National Holiday Camping of University Students (Canfeu), running until 26th this month in south-west Namibe province.

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Thinking about peace education: Lessons from the National Encounter on Peace Education (Colombia)

Thinking about peace education: Lessons from the National Encounter on Peace Education (Colombia)

From October 1-2, 2015 a National Encounter on Peace Education was held in Bogota, Colombia. The event was summoned by 40 government organizations in partnership with civil society and with international cooperation. More than 650 persons from 285 regions and institutions of the country participated. For the past several months, a working group of the organizing entities devoted themselves to realize the compilation of the valuable documents, testimonies and records made possible through the encounter. These outcomes are shared in the book "Thinking about peace education: Lessons from the National Encounter on Peace Education."

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Peace & Planet: Appreciation and Responses to Bulletin of Atomic Scientists’ Doomsday Clock Announcement

Peace & Planet: Appreciation and Responses to Bulletin of Atomic Scientists’ Doomsday Clock Announcement

Last month the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced that as a consequence of the nuclear, climate change and other existenial threats to humanity, their Doomsday Clock must remain set a three minutes to midnight, the "closest to catastrophe since the early days of above-ground hydrogen bomb testing." The Peace & Planet Network has adopted this statement of appreciation and response to the BAS announcement, which urges us to more deeply understand and respond to the systemic roots of these threats to human survival and to more deeply integrate our movements to challenge them.

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Seeding Peace in Syria - Education Should Play a Critical Role

Seeding Peace in Syria - Education Should Play a Critical Role

The Syria conflict will soon enter its sixth year. It is time to think more long term, because a generation of young Syrians is in danger of being lost to despair, to violent extremism -- the foundations for peace in the future will erode if this reality is neglected. Education is the best, long-term way to break the cycle of violence, to prevent violent extremism, and to set a society on the path to peace. It is a basic human right and a core pillar of sustainable development and peace.

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ICTJ-UNICEF Panel: Education as Crucial Tool for Peace

ICTJ-UNICEF Panel: Education as Crucial Tool for Peace

On January 21, ICTJ and UNICEF held a special event to launch an important new report on the links between education and transitional justice. The launch was accompanied by a panel discussion moderated by ICTJ President David Tolbert. “While communicating an accurate picture of the past occurs in many ways, a fundamental element has to be through education,” said Tolbert. “How a past littered with human rights abuses is addressed in the curriculum is of clearly vital importance. Addressing the past is truly an intergenerational process, and education essential to that process.”

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The importance of Peace Education in ending violence and conflict (Armenia)

The importance of Peace Education in ending violence and conflict (Armenia)

Armenia has been struggling with peace since the 1990's, starting with the Karabakh conflict. The investment of “Women for Development” (WFD), an Armenia based NGO, in areas of peacebuilding is very practical and measurable. They are working in several directions and their first priority is the integration of peace and conflict resolution education into school curriculum. With this goal in mind, WFD NGO is implementing the “Peace and Conflict Resolution Education in Armenian Schools” project.

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The costs of inequality: Education’s the one key that rules them all

The costs of inequality: Education’s the one key that rules them all

The revolutionary concept of free, nonsectarian public schools spread across America in the 19th century. By 1970, America had the world’s leading educational system, and until 1990 the gap between minority and white students, while clear, was narrowing. But educational gains in this country have plateaued since then, and the gap between white and minority students has proven stubbornly difficult to close, says Ronald Ferguson, adjunct lecturer in public policy at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and faculty director of Harvard’s Achievement Gap Initiative. That gap extends along class lines as well. By eighth grade, Harvard economist Roland G. Fryer Jr. noted last year, only 44 percent of American students are proficient in reading and math. The proficiency of African-American students, many of them in underperforming schools, is even lower. “The position of U.S. black students is truly alarming,” wrote Fryer, the Henry Lee Professor of Economics, who used the OECD rankings as a metaphor for minority standing educationally. “If they were to be considered a country, they would rank just below Mexico in last place.” Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) Dean James E. Ryan, a former public interest lawyer, says geography has immense power in determining educational opportunity in America. As a scholar, he has studied how policies and the law affect learning, and how conditions are often vastly unequal. His book “Five Miles Away, A World Apart” (2010) is a case study of the disparity of opportunity in two Richmond, Va., schools, one grimly urban and the other richly suburban. Geography, he says, mirrors achievement levels.

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Education and Culture Minister positive on teacher visits across the divide (Cyprus)

Education and Culture Minister positive on teacher visits across the divide (Cyprus)

Education and Culture Minister Costas Kadis said that initiatives such as the visits of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot teachers to schools in both communities of Cyprus are very positive. Kadis also said he met recently with the members of the Technical Committee for Education and they exchanged views on how to promote a culture of peace, respect for diversity and different opinions as well as mutual respect between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.

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UN and Colombia launch post-conflict fund: peace education a priority

UN and Colombia launch post-conflict fund: peace education a priority

The fund will focus in particular on supporting conflict-affected areas in the lead up to and aftermath of possible peace agreements between the government and the country’s largest rebel group following almost 52 years of armed conflict. The fund will support initiatives to improve access to justice, local government capacity, the management of social conflicts and the promotion of education for peace, focusing on the most conflict-affected areas.

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Educar para la paz: mucho más que una cátedra (Colombia)

De cara al posconflicto, la pregunta sobre el papel de la educaciónha estado presente en diversos ámbitos, tanto académicos como mediáticos. La primera reacción de nuestros legisladores siempre ha sido proponer cátedras: de convivencia, prevención de acoso escolar, protección del agua, del páramo… y ahora de la paz. Esto evidencia la poca o nula reflexión sobre el rol de la escuela en diálogo con la normatividad vigente y los retos de la sociedad actual, además de un gran desconocimiento de los problemas de fondo del sector educativo.

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Segregation Forever?

Segregation Forever?

This article from Teaching Tolerance magazine observes that the history of slavery—which ended in the United States over 150 years ago—is still shaping contemporary patterns of school segregation through its influence on our social institutions and our reliance on historical precedent and local tradition. The history itself happened long ago, but its legacy is a contemporary phenomenon because our social realities today are informed by what happened yesterday—including our less flattering moments. So, although people today are not individually responsible for slavery, we are very much responsible for how we respond to that history. As academic researchers, we use this understanding to guide the questions we ask and attempt to answer. It is what led us to investigate whether counties with stronger attachments to slavery have a higher level of school segregation today. We found out the answer is yes, but not for the reasons you might think.

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Palestinian Peace Teacher Announced One of Top Ten in the World

Palestinian Peace Teacher Announced One of Top Ten in the World

Hanan Al-Hroub, a primary class teacher who grew up in Deheishe refugee camp, Bethlehem, has been shortlisted to the top 10 international teachers nominated for the one million dollar 2016 Global Teacher Prize, organised by the Varkey Foundation. The inspirational teacher was regularly exposed to acts of violence. She went into primary education after her children were left deeply traumatized by a shooting incident they witnessed on their way home from school. With so many troubled children in the region, Palestinian classrooms can be tense environments. Hanan embraces the slogan ‘No to Violence’ and uses a specialist approach she developed herself, detailed in her book, ‘We Play and Learn’.

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Pakistan Prime Minister approves action plan to improve human rights education

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, while approving the draft Action Plan to improve Human Rights situation in Pakistan, further ordered that an amount of Rs 400 million would be provided for human rights education, sensitization, awareness, research and communication.

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Elizabethtown College to offer master's degree in peace education

Elizabethtown College to offer master's degree in peace education

Elizabethtown College will offer its first stand-alone graduate degree program - the master’s program in curriculum & instruction in peace education.
The master’s degree will be “very much an extension of what we already do at the undergraduate level,” Rachel Finley-Bowman, chairwoman of the Education Department, said. It is aimed at practicing classroom teachers and will be offered entirely online. The college is looking at an initial cohort of 12 to 15 people, Finley-Bowman said. They will learn techniques for mediation and resolution of conflicts in the classroom, as well as the underlying theory, Finley-Bowman said.

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How to Counter Recruitment and De-Militarize Schools

How to Counter Recruitment and De-Militarize Schools

U.S. military recruiters are teaching in public school classrooms, making presentations at school career days, coordinating with JROTC units in high schools and middle schools and generally pursuing what they call "total market penetration" and "school ownership." But counter-recruiters all over the United States are making their own presentations in schools, distributing their own information, picketing recruiting stations, and working through courts and legislatures to reduce military access to students and to prevent military testing or the sharing of test results with the military without students' permission. This struggle for hearts and minds has had major successes and could spread if more follow the counter-recruiters' example.

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What if Schools Taught Kindness?

What if Schools Taught Kindness?

Laura Pinger & Lisa Flook ask the question: why teach kindness to kids? The school environment can be very stressful; in addition to any issues they bring from home, many students struggle to make friends and perform well in class. Being excluded, ignored, or teased is very painful for a young child, and we thought it could be impactful to teach empathy and compassion. When other kids are suffering can we understand how they might be feeling? Kindness bridges those gaps and helps build a sense of connection among the students, the teachers, and even the parents. Learning to strengthen their attention and regulate their emotions are foundational skills that could benefit kids in school and throughout their whole lives.

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Republic of Korea to Host UN DPI/NGO Conference 30 May—1 June: Focus on Education in Pursuit of Sustainable Development Goals

Republic of Korea to Host UN DPI/NGO Conference 30 May—1 June: Focus on Education in Pursuit of Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Department of Public Information is pleased to announce that the Republic of Korea has confirmed its desire to host the sixty-sixth Department of Public Information (DPI)/Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Conference in Gyeongju from 30 May to 1 June 2016. Organized in cooperation with the NGO/DPI Executive Committee, the NGO community, the Government of the Republic of Korea and the National Organizing Committee of Korea, the Conference will be held under the theme “Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Together”. It will be the first time for the DPI/NGO Conference to be held in Asia.

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Human rights set to be part of school curriculum (Karnataka State, India)

School students will, in all likelihood, be studying a new chapter from the coming academic year. Heeding to the request of the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission (KSHRC), the Education Department has decided to introduce the study of human rights in the curriculum from the academic year 2016-17.

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Pedagogy of Nonviolence: Students Look into Lessons of Peacemaking (Nagaland, India)

Pedagogy of Nonviolence: Students Look into Lessons of Peacemaking (Nagaland, India)

The lessons of nonviolence were the focus of two separate educational discourses in Kohima and Dimapur recently. Two professors from the United States were in St. Joseph College of Kohima recently on January 25 to conduct an introductory training in Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation. Dr. Paul Bueno de Mesquita, Director of the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies at the University of Rhode Island, joined by his wife and fellow nonviolence co-trainer, Professor Kay Johnson-Bueno de Mesquita, instructed more than 500 students in the philosophy and principles of Dr. King, who was heavily influenced by Mahatma Gandhi.

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Why Is My Kindergartner Being Groomed for the Military at School?

Why Is My Kindergartner Being Groomed for the Military at School?

This article by Sarah Grey, published on Truthout, argues that military recruitment efforts, whether societal or sponsored directly by the US military, reach children as young as preschool, priming them to think of war and soldiering as cool and exciting, without any discussion of the trauma and death they bring.

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Promoting tolerance: Education dept has four weeks to add human rights to curriculum (Pakistan)

Promoting tolerance: Education dept has four weeks to add human rights to curriculum (Pakistan)

KARACHI: The Sindh education ministry was given one month to include human rights as a subject in the secondary school curriculum, in compliance with the order passed by the Sindh High Court (SHC) in a bid to promote peace in society. The directives came in a public-interest litigation seeking directives for the federal and provincial authorities to teach human rights at schools. The petition was filed by Advocate Zubair Ali Khaskheli in 2012. His lawyer, Rafiq Ahmed Kalwar, said the government should make efforts to bring about harmony in society, which is the need of the time. For this purpose human rights education should be made part of the school syllabus, as has been done in Nepal, he had proposed in the petition.

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Peace Exchange Community of Practice

Peace Exchange Community of Practice

USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation, in collaboration with DME for Peace, recently launched PEACE EXCHANGE. Peace Exchange is an open, online platform hosted on DME for Peace where anyone with a commitment to conflict sensitivity can share their experiences and resources on conflict sensitive practices, tools and literature. The community will help practitioners and organizations improve integration of conflict sensitive and peacebuilding approaches into development and humanitarian assistance trainings and programs.

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Cypriot teachers work for peace and reconciliation through educational programmes

Cypriot teachers work for peace and reconciliation through educational programmes

The need to have an educational system which promotes peace and reconciliation rather than perpetuating violence and war is the focus of a programme entitled “Education for a Culture of Peace”. In a joint interview with the CNA, Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot participants to the programme Loizos Loukaides and Süleyman Gelener point out that, at a time when efforts to reach a solution of the Cyprus problem are intensified, the need for change in the educational system in order to cultivate a culture of peace and anti-racism is imperative.

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What does inequality mean to you?

What does inequality mean to you?

The Ford Foundation recently launched #InequalityIs, a series of thought-provoking videos featuring leaders in a wide range of fields talking about what inequality looks like from where they’re standing, what they’re doing about it, and where they see other opportunities for change. Short, shareable, and beautifully produced, the series is meant to spark a larger conversation—one that needs your voice.

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Action Alerts

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Shrinking Civic Space: Add you thoughts to the Charter of Civic Participation

Shrinking Civic Space: Add you thoughts to the Charter of Civic Participation

The International Civil Society Centre is bringing key actors together in defense of democracy and civic participation to develop a Charter of Civic Participation – a basis for international solidarity and a collectively agreed reference point for civil society organizations and citizens. They want to hear the voices of civic activists, no matter whether they work in grass roots communities, on digital platforms or in civil society organizations (CSOs). 1. Why is space for civic action important? 2. What provisions are necessary for civic action?

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Call for Student Papers: 12th Annual Morton Deutsch Awards for Social Justice

Call for Student Papers: 12th Annual Morton Deutsch Awards for Social Justice

The Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR) at Teachers College, Columbia University, is sponsoring the 12th annual Morton Deutsch Award for an Outstanding Graduate Student Paper on Social Justice. Morton Deutsch, one of the world’s preeminent psychologists, has made significant contributions over the many years of his career in the areas of conflict resolution and social justice. The Morton Deutsch Awards are designed to recognize innovative scholarship and practice in the area of social justice. Papers are due February 15.

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Resources

(Curricula, Research, Policy)

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A Collection of Resources for Teaching Social Justice

A Collection of Resources for Teaching Social Justice

Ask teachers to describe the impact they hope to have on their students, and most will eventually say something along these lines: I want my students to grow into responsible citizens. I want my students to participate in society in an active, productive way. And maybe: I want my students to change the world. But how many of us know how to make that happen, really? Can we explicitly teach students how to change the world? If this question has been whispering in the back of your mind, the resources in this collection, prepared by Jennifer Gonzalez for the Cult of Pedagogy, will help.

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Taking Restorative Practices School-wide: Insights from Three Schools in Denver

Taking Restorative Practices School-wide: Insights from Three Schools in Denver

A report of the Denver School-Based Restorative Practices Partnership. Through interviews and focus groups with staff members at three Denver schools that have successfully implemented restorative practices (RP), four essential strategies for taking this approach school-wide were identified: strong principal vision and commitment to RP; explicit efforts to generate staff buy-in to this conflict resolution approach; continuous and intensive professional development opportunities; and, the allocation of school funds for a full-time coordinator of RP at the site. Additional approaches that supported school-wide implementation of RP are described in the full report.

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Announcing a New Issue of In Factis Pax

Announcing a New Issue of In Factis Pax

In Factis Pax is a peer-reviewed online journal of peace education and social justice dedicated to the examination of issues central to the formation of a peaceful society – the prevention of violence, political challenges to peace and democratic societies. The newest issue is now online: Volume 9 Number 2, 2015.

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Teaching With Protest Music

Teaching With Protest Music

Studying the protest music of the past or present can be a powerful and engaging teaching tool for students, whether the goal is to better understand a historical time period, analyze the power of lyrics and poetry, understand forces of social change or respond to current issues. In this lesson, the NY Times provides teaching ideas from The Times and around the web for incorporating protest music, from the civil rights movement to Black Lives Matter, into your social studies or language arts curriculum. It is, however, only a starting point: We hope you’ll suggest additional songs, artists and articles in the comments.

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Key role for universities in African education strategy that includes Peace Education

Key role for universities in African education strategy that includes Peace Education

There is a strong call for strengthening universities and research in the new Continental Education Strategy for Africa 2016-2025. The Continental Education Strategy for Africa 2016-2025, or CESA 16-25, was approved by heads of state attending the 26th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa on Jan 31, 2016. CESA 16-25 charts the strategies needed to achieve a more prosperous, secure, peaceful and democratic Africa. It outlines 12 strategic objectives supported by specific areas of work, including the promotion of peace education and conflict prevention and resolution at all levels of education and for all age groups.

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Talk Nation Radio: Patrick Hiller on Discoveries Made by Peace Science

David Swanson interviews Patrick Hiller for Talk Nation Radio. Patrick is the Executive Director of the War Prevention Initiative by the Jubitz Family Foundation and teaches in the Conflict Resolution Program at Portland State University. As a Peace Scientist, his writings and research are almost exclusively related to the analysis of war and peace and social injustice. Among other involvements, Patrick serves on the Executive Committee of the Governing Council of the International Peace Research Association and on the Coordinating Committee of World Beyond War. We discuss the remarkable discoveries of peace researchers reported in the newly created Peace Science Digest.

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The Network for Public Education - "Valuing Public Education: A 50 State Report Card"

The Network for Public Education - "Valuing Public Education: A 50 State Report Card"

From the introduction to the report by Diane Ravitch: "The Network for Public Education believes that public education is a pillar of our democratic society. We believe that public schools can serve all students well, inspire their intrinsic motivation, and prepare them to make responsible choices for themselves and for our society... Educating all children is a civic responsibility, not a consumer good. Sustaining a public education system of high quality is a job for the entire community, whether or not they have children in public schools and even if they have no children. An investment in the community’s children is an investment in the future, a duty we all share."

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Gender and conflict analysis toolkit for peacebuilders

Gender and conflict analysis toolkit for peacebuilders

This Toolkit produced by Conciliation Resources provides practical guidance to peacebuilding practitioners on gender and conflict analysis. It is based on Conciliation Resources' experience in conflict-affected contexts and draws on our participatory approach to conflict analysis. The Toolkit was developed over a two-year time frame and involved various members of staff, partners, and numerous external experts.

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Learn & Do

(Events & Conferences, Academic Courses, Programs of Study,
Trainings & Workshops, Campaigns, Youth Focused Events)

For a full list of events visit the Global Peace Education Calendar!

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Training for International Electoral Observers

Training for International Electoral Observers

Admissions to the two three-day modules (18-20 April 2016 and 21-23 April 2016) of the Training seminars for International Electoral Observers are open until 1 April 2016, early bird 4 March 2016.Open and legitimate elections are the indispensable foundation for sustainable development and an effective democracy and actions supporting the right to participate in genuine elections can play a major …

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Training on EU Charter of Fundamental Rights

Training on EU Charter of Fundamental Rights

Admissions to the two-days training seminar on the “EU Charter of Fundamental Rights” (8-9 April 2016), organised by the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) are open until 18 March 2016, early bird 1 March 2016 with 10% discount.The object of this training seminar is to explore the scope and usefulness of the Charter for the legal …

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The Stages of the Montgomery Bus Boycott Movement: Lessons for Activists

The Stages of the Montgomery Bus Boycott Movement: Lessons for Activists

This live academic webinar will be presented by Doron Shultziner, Associate Professor in the Politics & Communications Department at the Hadassah Academic College Jerusalem. This webinar presents the main stages of social movements and their relevance to civil resistance by illustrating those stages on the landmark case of the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955-1956), a notable movement that ended segregation between …

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5th International Conference on Building Safer Spaces: A Training-Workshop on Bullying Prevention towards Social Emotional Learning

5th International Conference on Building Safer Spaces: A Training-Workshop on Bullying Prevention towards Social Emotional Learning

In support to the provisions of DepEd Order No. 55 s. 2013 (the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act 10627), Move This World-Philippines of Move This World-United States of America, invites interested individuals to its 5th International Conference on Building Safer Spaces: A Training-Workshop on Bullying Prevention towards Social Emotional Learning. It is a three-day intensive and innovative training-workshop …

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Teaching for Peace: An Indian Immersion Experience in Practical Nonviolence

Teaching for Peace: An Indian Immersion Experience in Practical Nonviolence

This program will turn India into a classroom where participants are immersed in a lifestyle of Ahimsa for the duration of the program.  Locations: Delhi, Jaipur and Pune, India.  For more information visit the program website.  

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Annual College and University Seminar: Developing and Enhancing Peace and Conflict Studies Programs

Call for Proposals Deadline March 1, 2016Hosted by: The Ohio State University Mershon Center for Security Studies, Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), George Mason University’s (GMU) School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR)Facilitators:  Jen Batton M.A., GPPAC/OSU; Dr. Julie Shedd, GMU; David Smith, M.A., J.D., GMU (See an overview of their bios below)Costs:  Early Registration (before …

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UN Women for Peace Association March in March (to end violence against women)

UN Women for Peace Association March in March (to end violence against women)

Nearly 5 million women and girls are living in slavery, victims of human trafficking. 60 million more are child brides, and 140 million live with the pain of enforced genital mutilation. These are more than just numbers, they are our mothers, our sisters, and our daughters. The United Nations Women for Peace Association will hold its Fourth Annual March to …

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International Summer School on Higher Education in Emergencies

International Summer School on Higher Education in Emergencies

This course will explore: post-secondary education in emergency and protracted settings; innovative solutions and pedagogy; the role of universities as humanitarian actors; policy and programming recommendations; the potential of virtual and connected learning and Open Education Resources; and real-world case studies through high-level seminars.Faculty include field and academic experts from UNHCR, InZone, INEE – International Network for Education in Emergencies, …

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Summer Institute on Conflict Transformation Across Borders

Summer Institute on Conflict Transformation Across Borders

The McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies of the University of Massachusetts-Boston, FLACSO-Ecuador, and the Center for Mediation, Peace, and Resolution of Conflict (CEMPROC) are pleased to announce: The second annual Summer Institute on Conflict Transformation Across Borders will take place from June 5-24, 2016 in Quito, Ecuador at FLACSO, with graduate-level credit issued by UMass Boston. The …

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Symposium - Sustainability through Overcoming Violence: Restoring Earth; Respecting Women

Symposium - Sustainability through Overcoming Violence: Restoring Earth; Respecting Women

Pasos Peace Museum and the International Institute on Peace Education invite you to a symposium on the themes of CSW 2016:Sustainability through Overcoming Violence: Restoring Earth; Respecting WomenSaturday, March 19, 2016 -  11AM – 4PMFordham Law School140 West 62nd Street at Lincoln Center  Registration / RSVP requiredThis symposium, illuminating the intersections between environmental and gender violence, will explore modes of learning and action …

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Glimmers of Hope: Peace Education Across the Globe

Glimmers of Hope: Peace Education Across the Globe

Join the University of San Francisco School of Education, USF Department of International & Multicultural Education, USF Human Rights Education Program and the IKEDA Center for Peace, Learning and Dialogue for a panel and discussion on peace education.Panelists will share their vision for peace education given current challenges locally and globally, provide examples of effective peace education efforts and discuss …

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Alternative Dispute Resolution Summer School

Alternative Dispute Resolution Summer School

In cooperation with Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law / Yeshiva University and The Dispute Resolution Institute at Hamline University School of Law.Applications due: February 14 Increasingly, around the world, individuals are exploring means of resolving their differences prior to or instead of pursuing traditional court proceedings.  In many jurisdictions, the court may require litigants to attempt to resolve their dispute …

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Peaceful Relations and the Transformation of the World

Peaceful Relations and the Transformation of the World

An Academic-Practitioner Dialogue on Peace in the 21st Century5-6 September 2016, University of BradfordThe 4th July 2016 marks the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Adam Curle, peace scholar, Quaker activist international mediator and Founding Chair of Peace Studies at Bradford. To mark the occasion, Bradford’s Peace Studies Division is hosting the Adam Curle Centenary Symposium. Academics and practitioners around …

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Knowledge

(Publications & Book Reviews)

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Invitation to Peace Studies

Invitation to Peace Studies

Invitation to Peace Studies is the first textbook in the field to emphasize 21st-century research and controversies and to encourage the more frequent use of a gender perspective in analyzing peace, war, and violence. Recent empirical research forms the core of most chapters, but substantial attention is also given to faith-based ideas, movements, and peace pioneers.

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Restoring Dignity in Public Schools: Human Rights Education in Action

Restoring Dignity in Public Schools: Human Rights Education in Action

Restoring Dignity in Public Schools demonstrates how urban public schools can create thriving, authentic centers of learning. Drawing from rich narratives of human rights education (HRE) in action, author Maria Hantzopoulos shows how school leaders can create an environment in which a culture of dignity, respect, tolerance, and democracy flourishes.

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Towards a Just Society: The Personal Journeys of Human Rights Educators

Towards a Just Society: The Personal Journeys of Human Rights Educators

In "Towards a Just Society" twenty-five educators from around the world respond to the question: How and why did you commit yourself to human rights education? Their highly personal narratives recount the diverse ideological perspectives and life experiences that have shaped their work in this growing field. Although extremely diverse in experience, the authors share a common belief in the power of human rights for social change, and their narratives also reflect the authors’ individual engagement with significant events of the twentieth century critical to the construction and attainment of human rights.

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Begin Within

Begin Within

This article from Teaching Tolerance observes that it’s not unusual for educators to shy away from topics like police violence, economic inequality, mass incarceration and white privilege. Some feel unprepared; others feel too emotionally involved. Use these strategies to build the confidence and fortitude necessary to facilitate conversations your students need to have.

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The journal: Nonviolent Change (NCJ)

The journal: Nonviolent Change (NCJ)

The journal Nonviolent Change (NCJ), in its 31st year, is an open access online practical journal on getting to peace and the barriers to doing so at the community through the international level. NCJ carries articles; opinion pieces ("dialoguing"); news and analysis of world, regional, country and environmental events, and of peace justice and environmental organization activities; a calendar of "Upcoming Events"; reviews; media notes; and announcements.

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John D. Montgomery Post-Doctoral Fellowship - Theme: “Peace Studies”, Pacific Basin Research Center at Soka University of America

John D. Montgomery Post-Doctoral Fellowship - Theme: “Peace Studies”, Pacific Basin Research Center at Soka University of America

The Pacific Basin Research Center (PBRC) at Soka University of America, a premier Liberal Arts University in Orange County California, is pleased to announce a call for applications for the fourth annual John D. Montgomery Post-Doctoral Fellowship. The Fellowship is intended to support young scholars (within two years of defending their dissertation) whose research emphasizes humanistic development in and connections among the peoples of the Pacific Basin. This year’s theme is Peace Studies.

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Peace & Human Rights Education Jobs with Amnesty International

Peace & Human Rights Education Jobs with Amnesty International

Human Rights Education is one of Amnesty International’s strategic priorities in the next four years. HRE is key to Amnesty’s human rights work, it is the pro-active element to prevent human rights violations and build a rights respecting society. The HRE team in London and Oslo has been merged to one global HRE Programme. Amnesty will be looking for new colleagues to strengthen their global HRE team and HRE in their regional offices to deliver on the ambitious goals set for Amnesty’s HRE work.

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Open Society Foundations: Civil Society Scholar Awards

The Open Society Foundation Civil Society Scholar Awards (CSSA) support international academic mobility to enable doctoral students and university faculty to access resources that enrich socially engaged research and critical scholarship in their home country or region. Civil Society Scholars are selected on the basis of their outstanding contributions to research or other engagement with local communities, to furthering debates on challenging societal questions, and to strengthening critical scholarship and academic networks within their fields.

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