Global Campaign for Peace Education - monthly newsletter/digest
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Tony Jenkins
Coordinator, Global Campaign for Peace Education

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Featured Article(s)

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Integrating Educational Perspectives into the International Peace Bureau World Congress 2016

Integrating Educational Perspectives into the International Peace Bureau World Congress 2016

The International Institute on Peace Education and the Global Campaign for Peace Education at the IPB World Congress 2016 on Military and Social Spending

“Disarm! For a Climate of Peace – Creating an Action Agenda”

Technical University. Berlin, Germany
September 30-October 3, 2016

Learn more and register online at: www.ipb2016.berlin

The Global Campaign for Peace Education is collaborating with the International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE) and partnering with the International Peace Bureau (IPB) to develop a special peace education strand on military and social spending at the IPB World Congress 2016. The theme for the Congress is ““Disarm! For a Climate of Peace – Creating an Action Agenda.”

IIPE & GCPE's participation is intended to integrate educational perspectives, including formal and non-formal, public and community-based learning strategies, into the policy & citizen action recommendations generated at the Congress. IIPE & GCPE are also encouraging educators to participate in the Congress to learn from the experience and perspectives of activist and policy-maker counterparts.

The aim of the IPB World Congress 2016 is to bring the issue of military spending, often seen as technical question, into the broad public debate and to strengthen our global community of activism regarding disarmament and demilitarization. Solutions to the enormous global challenges of hunger, jobs, and climate change can be significantly enhanced by real disarmament steps – steps that need to be clearly formulated and put into political reality.

The objectives of the World Congress concern the connection between, on the one hand, the current global militarization and wars, and on the other, the need for a transformation of the war system. It becomes increasingly evident that without overcoming militarism and the dependence on militarized global and national security systems, a socio-ecological transformation with the goal of a just and equitable international social order cannot be achieved.

Earlier work on the essential need for economic conversion and demilitarization has in recent years rarely been addressed by peace movements or by the social and educational organizations that embrace transformation as their primary goal. Illuminating the connection between militarism and socio-ecological transformation is the specific challenge to be addressed by IPB’s World Congress.

 Download a press release from IPB about the 2016 Congress

Special IIPE organized events

Introductory Workshop: “Disarmament Education: Imperative for Peace”

The IIPE will convene a 2 ½ hour introductory workshop on disarmament education during the Congress. This workshop, intended for activists, policy-makers and formal educators, will explore pedagogical strategies and action-learning approaches supporting the goals of disarmament education as identified by the Final Document of UNESCO’s World Congress on Disarmament Education. In particular, we will examine action-learning approaches in which participants in civic and/or social action learn from reflecting on the strategies, methods, and experience of an action toward a desired change or achievement; assess the effectiveness of the action, and on the basis of this learning, and project the next phase of action toward the goal of disarmament and demilitarization. These specific stages of the action/reflection process of politics as learning can be adapted to formal and non-formal learning settings.

½ Day Workshop: “Disarmament Education: Imperative for Peace”

The IIPE will offer a special ½ day workshop on Monday, Oct 3. Building upon the introductory workshop, this session will inquire more deeply into the process of action-learning approaches as transformative peace pedagogies and educational change strategies for disarmament and demilitarization as an educational means to achieving the goal of socio-ecological transformation and an equitable international social order.

Working Group on Peace Education

Following the workshop on October 3, the IIPE will convene a working group session exploring recent regional and global efforts and strategies for peace education. Participation in the working group is open to all interested participants. IIPE and Global Campaign for Peace Education community members are strongly encouraged to attend. This event will also inaugurate a new biennial schedule for the IIPE intensive residential experiences in peace education.

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News & Views

(News, Opinion, Activity Reports)

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A Discussion with Betty Reardon, Peace Educator

A Discussion with Betty Reardon, Peace Educator

Betty Reardon is an authentic leader and guru in the field of peace education, which she defines broadly and inclusively as something as fundamental to basic social education as public health or personal finance. She has worked for many years on the pedagogy involved in teaching topics related to building a more peaceful world. This conversation with Katherine Marshall of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs at Georgetown University focuses on the agenda of a U.S. State Department-appointed sub-group working on women, religion, peace, and security. It also explores wide-ranging issues including interfaith relations, women’s approaches to and roles in work for peace, and the contemporary challenges of educating citizens who can appreciate differences and navigate in a world where different viewpoints are an immediate and significant factor in everyday lives.

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Education cannot wait for conflict and crises to end

Education cannot wait for conflict and crises to end

This infographic, prepared by the Global Partnership for Education, illustrates that conflict and protracted crises, such as war, natural disasters, and public health emergencies are a serious threat to the education of millions of children worldwide.

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Education builds peace

Education builds peace

The recent conference on the role of education in building social cohesion and sustainable peace, co-hosted by UNICEF, the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and the World Bank, comes at a critical time. Almost 250 million children currently live in regions and countries affected by fragility and violent conflict.

UNICEF’s Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy initiative - Learning for Peace – was launched in 2012 to address these pressing concerns – and ask how can we use education and social services to contribute to peacebuilding, social cohesion and resilience? The program invested in research to address the significant gap in knowledge and evidence on the contribution of education to peacebuilding. Key results from the program were shared at the conference and generated exciting discussions on the different issues around education for peacebuilding - policies, teacher and youth agency, as well as gender, education inequality, and conflict prevention.

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40 Billion Dollar Funding Gap for Education Development is No Big Deal For Economist Jeffry Sachs

In this video IENN sits down with Columbia University Professor Jeffrey Sachs to talk economics, policy and education development. Sachs is no stranger to the skepticism surrounding the sustainable development goals. For Sachs these goals are about much more than being starry-eyed and hopeful, he believes with a grassroots approach, creativity, and maybe bit technology, all girls and boys can obtain a free quality primary and secondary education by 2030. And that 40-billion dollar funding gap? He says For a macroeconomist, is no big deal.

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Youth and Sustainable Peace: Why Global Citizenship Education Matters

Youth and Sustainable Peace: Why Global Citizenship Education Matters

According to the 2015 Global Peace Index Report approximately 13,4% of the worlds GDP ($14.3 Trill) was lost to conflict in 2014. This is equivalent to the combined economies of Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom. The cost of conflict has a heavy toll mostly on the youth particularly in the global south. This article by Moses Machipisa provides an analysis of why Global Citizenship Education (GCED) is critical in building sustainable peace and why youth are critical actors in this process.

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Building peace from Colombian universities

Building peace from Colombian universities

“Peacebuilders” is a program that seeks the integral formation of 1,200 university students in Colombia, involved in the scholarship program “Dreams of Peace” of Bancolombia Foundation, in knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes conducive to building Cultures of Peace. The program is carried out by Escuelas de Paz (Schools of Peace) Foundation based on the six components proposed by UNESCO in the 2000 manifesto for a culture of peace and non-violence. It is also based upon six pillars raised by the methodology of education for peace, known as “The Flower for the Culture of Peace”.

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Voices on the role of education to build peace

Voices on the role of education to build peace

At the recent conference on the role of education to build peace and social cohesion, Chantal Rigaud interviewed five participants representing five of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) partner countries (Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Rwanda and South Sudan) that are just out of conflict or still experiencing fragility due to past conflicts. They explain how they are using education to build more cohesive and peaceful societies.

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Why education in emergencies must be a priority for world leaders

Why education in emergencies must be a priority for world leaders

While many of us wish things could be made better for the more than 2.8 million Syrian children currently out of school, we often fail to acknowledge that this number is a mere fraction of children bereft of education in emergencies all over the world. While conflict is a serious concern for education, it is not the only threat - just under a quarter of all emergencies are complex ones with multiple causes, nearly a fifth are natural disasters and the remainder are public health emergencies. In today’s world, in order to survive every child needs the basic necessity of education. Education is the medium that allows children to understand themselves and relate to the world around them by interacting with it in safe settings.

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Child Rights Education: Framing Your Pedagogy the UNICEF Way

Child Rights Education: Framing Your Pedagogy the UNICEF Way

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF works for the survival, protection, and development of children worldwide through advocacy, education, and fundraising for UNICEF's work. Their Education Department contributes to that mission with TeachUNICEF global citizenship education resources, which are uniquely constructed to assure the dignity of children as rights-holders. Your pedagogy can also focus on this, as Daniel Sadowsky explains.

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Speaking to High Schoolers About the Truth of War Helped Me Deal with My Trauma from Being a Soldier

Speaking to High Schoolers About the Truth of War Helped Me Deal with My Trauma from Being a Soldier

Rory Fanning, a military veteran, speaks to high schoolers about the truth of war. If a teenager is going to sign up to kill and die for a cause or even the promise of a better life, then the least he or she should know is the good, the bad and the ugly about the job. Fanning also notes that in a world without a draft, JROTC’s school-to-military pipeline is a lifeline for Washington’s permanent war across the Greater Middle East and parts of Africa. Its unending conflicts are only possible because kids like those he's talked to in the few classrooms he's visited continue to volunteer. The politicians and the school boards, time and again, claim their school systems are broke. No money for books, teacher’s salaries and pensions, healthy lunches. And yet, in 2015, the U.S. government spent $598 billion on the military, more than half of its total discretionary budget, and nearly 10 times what it spent on education.

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Human rights added in Sindh textbooks (Pakistan)

Human rights added in Sindh textbooks (Pakistan)

To promote tolerance and harmony, the provincial education department has started developing a curriculum on fundamental human rights in the textbooks for up to Intermediate. The chapters highlighting human rights have been incorporated in the new textbooks for classes one to seven. These chapters have been included in the general knowledge textbook for classes two and three, and in the social studies textbook for classes four and five. The additions in the textbooks for classes eight to Intermediate in under way.

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Movement for a Culture of Peace hosts restorative practices forum

Movement for a Culture of Peace hosts restorative practices forum

Wilmington’s Movement for a Culture of Peace hosted a community discussion focused on finding ways to deal with issues such as trauma that violent crime in the city is bringing into classrooms. Around 30 educators, activists and concerned community members participated in the event. Among them was Malik Muhammad, president of a restorative practices consulting group. In 2012, the state brought Muhammad’s organization in to hold four full-day workshops for around 145 education professionals. Since then, he’s worked with 16 of 19 Delaware school districts, tailoring workshops to their specific needs.

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Angola committed to working on human rights education

Angola committed to working on human rights education

Isabel dos Santos Tormenta, the Secretary of State for Justice, speaking at the opening ceremony of a workshop on the United Nations role in harmonizing the implementation of human rights, noted that the event was meant to materialize cooperation between Angola and Norway in the teaching of human rights in Angola. The Justice and Human Rights Ministry recently signed a protocol of cooperation with the Embassy of Norway.

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Educating for Peace, Sustainable Development Goals and the ideal of Global Citizenship

Educating for Peace, Sustainable Development Goals and the ideal of Global Citizenship

Toh Swee-Hin of the University for Peace, Costa Rica, unpacks peace education in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals and the ideal of global citizenship. He suggests that given the multiple and complex realities of conflicts and peacelessness facing humanity and our planet, a holistic, multidimensional framework for peace education is necessary. In essence, the goals of peace education in such a holistic framework can be framed as two interrelated questions: 1) How can education contribute to a critical understanding of the root causes of conflicts, violence and peacelessness at the personal, interpersonal, community, national, regional and global levels? 2) How can education simultaneously cultivate values and attitudes that will encourage individual and social action for building more peaceful selves, families, communities, societies and ultimately a more peaceful world?

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Anti-Bullying, Peace Education Needed “Now More than Ever”

Anti-Bullying, Peace Education Needed “Now More than Ever”

For veteran educator Molly McCloskey, whose career has been spent advocating for the needs of the whole child, being asked by Operation Respect founder Peter Yarrow to take over the reins of the organization was “an amazing and humbling experience.” “There is no question that anti-bias, anti-bullying, peace education is needed now more now than ever,” she said. “We’ve learned so much about mental health and the damage of trauma and bullying—and how it impacts kids over time. The true extent of trauma has been revealed after years of researching its effects."

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The Trump Effect: The Impact of the Presidential Campaign on Our Nation’s Schools

The Trump Effect: The Impact of the Presidential Campaign on Our Nation’s Schools

Between March 23 and April 2, 2016, Teaching Tolerance surveyed approximately 2,000 teachers, asking them how the presidential campaign was affecting their students and their teaching. A synthesis of our survey results make up the content of this report: "The Trump Effect: The Impact of the Presidential Campaign on Our Nation’s Schools." The results indicated that the campaign is having a profoundly negative impact on schoolchildren across the country, producing an alarming level of fear and anxiety among children of color and inflaming racial and ethnic tensions in the classroom. Many students worry about being deported. Many educators fear teaching about the election at all. Teachers also reported an increase in the bullying, harassment and intimidation of students whose races, religions or nationalities have been the verbal targets of candidates.

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Former child soldier seeking peace through education speaks to students

Former child soldier seeking peace through education speaks to students

Jal, a musician, actor, public speaker and entrepreneur, was born in a mud hut in rural South Sudan. At age 7, he was pressed into service in the Sudan People’s Liberation Army. At age 8, in a barracks disguised as a school, he was taught how to be a soldier. A dose of good fortune spared Jal from disease, starvation or murder, and he has made it his mission to spread a message of peace, education and giving. Jal delivered that message to high school students in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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In Memoriam: Peace Education Researcher Gavriel Salomon

In Memoriam: Peace Education Researcher Gavriel Salomon

Gavriel ("Gabi") Salomon, Co-Director of the Center for Research on Peace Education, passed away on January 4, 2016. Gabi’s legacy is felt in many areas—the cognitive effects of media’s symbol systems, the expenditure of mental effort, mindfulness and mindlessness, organizational change, the design of intelligent computer tools, transfer of learning, and the design and systemic study of technology-afforded learning environments. But, no enduring effect would please him more than to be remembered for his experimental and theoretical work on peace education. In the last two decades of his life he tirelessly worked to bridge the gaps in perceptions of Arabs and Israeli’s toward each other.

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Education as a tool for building sustainable peace

Education as a tool for building sustainable peace

In his “Agenda for Humanity” vision for the first ever World Humanitarian Summit, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon set forth five core responsibilities of global leaders to end human suffering and recognize our common humanity. It is clear that we can achieve none of the five core responsibilities without education - but for now let’s focus on education’s impact on core responsibility number one: to “Prevent and End Conflict.”

A World at School has been joined by a number of leading education organizations in recent months in highlighting the ways in which the right to education is threatened during emergencies, conflicts and protracted crises. Education is one of the first things sacrificed in an emergency - it is under-prioritized and under-funded. In 2015 alone, 80 million children and adolescents had their education disrupted due to crises and disasters, yet only 1.4% of all humanitarian aid went to education. Another side of the coin, however, reveals that education is not merely another casualty of emergencies but has the potential to be a very powerful tool for building sustainable peace and preventing future violence.

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New Veteran-led Campaign Challenges Islamophobia

New Veteran-led Campaign Challenges Islamophobia

Determined to defy and combat Islamophobia before more innocent Muslims are targeted and harmed, Veterans For Peace (VFP), working closely with Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), has organized a campaign called “Veterans Challenge Islamophobia” (VCI). This national campaign is a broad-based, action-oriented effort which calls on military veterans everywhere to defend the values of religious freedom, equality and individual rights. It is the hope of VFP and its allies that the VCI campaign functions as an educational instrument and a call to action.

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Teach children peace and tolerance - S. Korean Ambassador to Uganda

Teach children peace and tolerance - S. Korean Ambassador to Uganda

The South Korean Ambassador to Uganda, Park Jong Dae, said that for conflict to be eradicated, a culture of peace and tolerance needs to be inculcated in young school going children. While speaking during the launch of a peace education program at Nakasero Primary School, Dae said that peace can only be attained when unity and tolerance is shared. "Everything starts with peace. If you teach children how to tolerate each other at a tender age, when they grow up, this culture will exhibit itself naturally and we shall have a peaceful society," he said.

The peace education program was an idea conceived by the Always Be Tolerant Organization (ABETO) and assented to by the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports (MOESTS), and adopted into the school's curriculum.

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Educator tells youth: Peace is in your hands (Philippines)

“Peace is in your hands. Each day, throughout the world, people are killed or hurt because of hate as they differ from the rest in terms of ethnicity, religion, sex, ideology, gender, and class, among others,” Miriam College Center for Peace Education Executive Director Jasmin Nario–Galace said during the “MasterPEACE boot camp” held this week.

During the workshop, Teach Peace Build Peace founder Bai Rohaniza Sumndad-Usman also emphasized how, in the face of conflict, having a broader understanding of one’s self and of others can lead to lasting peace.

“In proactive peacebuilding, we have to deeply understand ourselves and others. In reality, conflict is a natural thing,” said Sumndad-Usman.

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The Black Girl Pushout (The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools)

The Black Girl Pushout (The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools)

The “good girl” and “bad girl” dichotomy, as chronicled by Monique W. Morris in Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools, is a condition that has plagued black girls and women for time immemorial. Society’s deeply entrenched expectations of black girls—influenced by racism and patriarchy—has led to a ritual whereby these young women are often mischaracterized, and mislabeled because of how they look, dress, speak, and act. In short, black girls are devalued based on how others perceive them.

The stigmas many attach to black girls has far-reaching and damaging consequences, Morris writes, with devastating effects on their academic, social, and emotional lives. A veteran education, civil-rights, and social-justice scholar, Morris is the co-founder of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute, a group dedicated to combatting disparities affecting black women, girls, and their families. She recently shared some thoughts with The Atlantic on interventions to help black girls in schools.

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National Peace Academy at Point of View - "The Geography of Hope"

National Peace Academy at Point of View - "The Geography of Hope"

Lorton, Virginia, USA – April 6, 2016. Over 125 people gathered for the dedication of Point of View, a peacebuilding research and conference center dedicated to teaching and learning, research, and a commitment to engagement and practice. Point of View is part of George Mason University's School of Conflict Analysis & Resolution (GMU S-CAR). The National Peace Academy, an affiliate of GMU S-CAR Point of View, recently launched a three million dollar comprehensive development campaign including a million dollar pledge to build the Elise Boulding National Peace Academy House. This residence will allow for on-site peacebuilding training, conflict resolution, dialogue, and more.

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What Changes When a School Embraces Mindfulness?

What Changes When a School Embraces Mindfulness?

University of British Columbia professor Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, one of several researchers consulted on the development of the MindUP program, conducted a randomized controlled trial on fourth and fifth graders participating in the program in Vancouver public schools. Students reported many positive benefits of the program: 82 percent of children reported having a more positive outlook, 81 percent learned to make themselves happy, and 58 percent of children tried to help others more often.

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Can Teaching Peace Reduce Violent Crime?

Can Teaching Peace Reduce Violent Crime?

Public policy students at Georgetown University have an idea for reducing violence in the nation's capital: a peace cluster. Based off an international anti-violence program conceived by a Colombian priest, the approach teaches conflict-resolution skills to young people. In other words, at-risk, troubled youth are given workshops on forgiveness and reconciliation. The goal is to break a cycle of violent retaliation and slowly create a culture of peace. In early March, a team of graduate students from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown won $5,000 to launch a D.C. version of the program in certain groups of neighborhoods or geographic "clusters."

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Peace through humor (Israel)

Peace through humor (Israel)

Maureen Kushner – an innovative and creative teacher from New York – had taken her project The Art and Soul of Peace Through Humor to more than 180 cities in the US and Canada and to well over a dozen countries in Europe, as well as to the Knesset. The project was developed as a result of an invitation by the Education Ministry, and many of its showings were sponsored by the Foreign Ministry’s cultural division.

It all started when Kushner was teaching a graduate course on peace education at Bank Street College of Education in New York City. She mentioned to her students that in order to have peace, you need a sense of humor. Quoting John Dewey, the great American educator, she told them, “To be serious and funny at the same time is the ideal mental condition.” They asked her to elaborate on that concept, and the rest is history.

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Action Alerts

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Call for Nominations: Edward O’Brien Human Rights Education Award

Call for Nominations: Edward O’Brien Human Rights Education Award

In memory of Ed O’Brien, pioneer human right educator and valued member of Human Rights Educators (HRE) USA who died suddenly this summer, the organization’s Steering Committee has established the Edward O’Brien Human Rights Education Award. The award recognizes an outstanding contribution to human rights education in the United States. Nominations are due June 15.

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Resources

(Curricula, Research, Policy)

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Child and Youth Agency in Peacebuilding: Conflict Prevention and Peace Education

Child and Youth Agency in Peacebuilding: Conflict Prevention and Peace Education

Peace education and mediation training in schools should be seen as a resourceful conflict prevention tool rather than merely a post-conflict reconciliation measure. In March this year, a conjunction of international non-governmental organizations published a report on children and youth as successful promoters of peace in conflict ridden communities. The report relied upon case studies from Colombia, DRC and Nepal, and its authors concluded that the integration of children and youth in peacebuilding projects contributes to lowering the incidence of violence and discrimination in the communities studied.

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Advancing Transformative Human Rights Education

Advancing Transformative Human Rights Education

The Global Citizenship Commission, convened under the leadership of former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to re-examine the spirit and role of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), has launched its landmark report "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the 21st Century: A Living Document in a Changing World."

The Commission recognized the power of human rights education and its centrality to the achievement of the promises of the UDHR. As a result, the report has a 120-page Appendix entitled "Advancing Transformative Human Rights Education" that offers comprehensive analysis, case studies and insights.

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Peace & Security Funding Index: An Analysis of Global Foundation Grantmaking

Peace & Security Funding Index: An Analysis of Global Foundation Grantmaking

The Peace & Security Funders Group recently published the 2016 edition of "The Peace & Security Funding Index: An Analysis of Global Foundation Grantmaking." Their report observes that public education, a critical component of peacebuilding, receives only 2% of peace and security funding, and prevention efforts (often non-formal, community-based educational interventions) only comprise 6%. Why has education been left behind by peace & security funders? And, what can be done to establish and prioritize funding to support the long-term, transformative impacts of education?

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The Role of Education in Peacebuilding in Uganda and Myanmar

The Role of Education in Peacebuilding in Uganda and Myanmar

We are delighted to share the latest update from the Research Consortium on Education and Peacebuilding, a partnership which aims to contribute to research, policy and practice relating to education and peacebuilding. Written by researchers from the University of Amsterdam and Ulster University, in partnership with local researchers in Myanmar and Uganda, these reports explore education and peacebuilding in Myanmar and Uganda from three viewpoints: 1) The Integration of Peacebuilding into Education Policies and Programmes. 2) The Role of Teachers in Peacebuilding. 3) The Role of Formal and Non Formal Youth Education Initiatives.

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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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2016 International Conference on History Education for Peace in East Asia and Europe

2016 International Conference on History Education for Peace in East Asia and Europe

TEACHING FOR PEACE: HISTORY IN PERSPECTIVE.Many tensions in the world are rooted in history and the way in which it is learned at school, perceived in public, and addressed politically can be seen to either resolve or sustain these tensions. This is in particular the case for East Asia, where history is at the top of political and civil agenda, …

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Historical Dialogue and Dealing with the Past (RNHDP) Summer Training Program

Historical Dialogue and Dealing with the Past (RNHDP) Summer Training Program

Call For Application: 2016 Summer Training Program (June 13 – 19).  İstanbul, Turkey.Application Deadline: April 29 Visit the RNHDP website for more information.The Regional Network for Historical Dialogue and Dealing with the Past (RNHDP) is now accepting applications to its second annual summer training program in Istanbul. Organized by Truth Justice Memory Center (Hakikat Adalet Hafiza Merkezi) in cooperation with  the Alliance for …

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Creating a Mindful Campus 2016 - Resilience: Self, Campus and Community, Planet

Creating a Mindful Campus 2016 - Resilience: Self, Campus and Community, Planet

UNC Asheville’s Annual Mindful Campus MeetingCreating a Mindful Campus 2016:Resilience: Self, Campus and Community, PlanetIncluding:A Mindfulness-based Approach to Cultivating Resilience in Higher Education, led by Patricia (Tish) JenningsResilience of Social-Ecological Systems and Communities: A Mindfulness-Based Pedagogy, led by Sonia Marcus and Dee Eggers This year’s Creating a Mindful Campus event will explore ways that contemplative practices can be used to cultivate and support resilience. We will …

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Contemplative Practices in Higher Education

Contemplative Practices in Higher Education

Under the leadership of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, colleges and universities nationwide have integrated contemplative practices into a variety of their courses—from literature to physics to architecture. These practices include yoga, contemplative reading and writing, mindful listening, and other practices that cultivate compassion and mindfulness.As a result, schools report that students are showing an increased sense of …

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Contemplative Environmental Practice

Contemplative Environmental Practice

A workshop/retreat for professors and activists.  How can we best live at this moment of severe environmental degradation? How can we work and teach on behalf of environmental wellbeing without becoming overwhelmed, embittered, or burned out? Is there a way to thrive in our environmental commitments? This workshop brings together activists and professors to share ways of living on the …

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Bologna, Italy Symposium on Conflict Prevention, Resolution, & Reconciliation

Bologna, Italy Symposium on Conflict Prevention, Resolution, & Reconciliation

New types of conflict challenge classic methods of conflict management and resolution. Collapsed and fragile states, autonomous networks of illegal activities, the speed of information, and extremist revolutionary movements are all part of the complex conflict kaleidoscope that must be addressed by the contemporary peacebuilder. As a modern peace leader you will need a toolkit of essential practical skills, but …

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Integrative Contemplative Pedagogy Program for Educators: Contemplative Studies Initiative, Brown University

Integrative Contemplative Pedagogy Program for Educators: Contemplative Studies Initiative, Brown University

Integrative Contemplative Pedagogy Program for Educators.  Sponsored by the Contemplative Studies Initiative, Brown University.In our program you will be able to observe our summer courses, including UNIV 0540 "An Introduction to Contemplative Studies" and UNIV 0090 "Meditation and the Brain."  You will, in addition:Participate in workshops to discuss and apply contemplative pedagogy with our research and teaching team.Receive practical training in …

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4th Annual National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar

4th Annual National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar

Registration is now open for the 4th Annual National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar. The seminar will be held October 21-24, 2016 at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA)/Alexandria, VA and is sponsored by NOVA's Institute for Public Service.Registration closes September 23. The registration form and further information can be found here.The seminar is the only DC-based program designed specifically for community …

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Mediating Violent Conflict

Working in a conflict situation often demands mediation skills, whether you are working at a grassroots level or in state capitals. Mediation is both an art and science, and requires skilled analysis, careful planning, and effective communication. Designed for practitioners working in or on conflict zones, this course will improve participants’ ability to understand the motivations and objectives of the …

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Earth Day & International Mother Earth Day

Earth Day & International Mother Earth Day

Each year, Earth Day—April 22—marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.A Global PerspectiveThe United Nations General Assembly, recognizing that Mother Earth is a common expression for the planet earth in a number of countries and regions, which reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit, …

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Study Program onboard Peace Boat: Peace Education and the Sustainable Development Goals in Latin America

Study Program onboard Peace Boat: Peace Education and the Sustainable Development Goals in Latin America

Peace Studies Program onboard Peace Boat’s 91st Global Voyageincluding programs in Panama, Guatemala, and El SalvadorFor 10 days, participants from around the world are invited to travel with Peace Boat through Panama and Guatemala and exchange ideas, discuss collaborative initiatives for sustainable development, gain exposure to diverse cultural heritages, meet local communities and learn about efforts in the Latin America region …

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Public Health and Human Rights - Current Challenges and Possible Solutions

Public Health and Human Rights - Current Challenges and Possible Solutions

Admissions to the Seminar “Public Health and Human Rights – Current Challenges and Possible Solutions” (19 May 2016), organised by the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) are open until 25 April 2016.The issue of global health governance deals with the question how to regulate efficiently a panoply of actors in global health, such as international organisations, …

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World Health Day

World Health Day

World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948. Each year a theme is selected that highlights a priority area of public health. The Day provides an opportunity for individuals in every community to get involved in activities that can lead to better health.World …

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International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda

International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda

On 23 December 2003, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution (A/RES/58/234) designating 7 April, the start date of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, as the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda. Every year, on or around that date, the United Nations organizes commemorative events at its Headquarters in New York and at United Nations offices around …

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Teaching about Extreme Prejudice: Live Webinar

Teaching about Extreme Prejudice: Live Webinar

Why teach about extremism? Not teaching about it can put students in danger. Lack of education about religious diversity has left students—particularly Muslim and Sikh students—vulnerable to bias and bullying by classmates and teachers who don’t understand the full context of religious extremism. This hostility can make it difficult for students to learn and even puts their physical safety in …

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International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

After fifteen years of progress in the unprecedented Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the world turned its attention to the successor Sustainable Development Goals in a period of transition to the newly adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.Sport has proven to be a cost-effective and flexible tool in promoting peace and development objectives.  In the Declaration of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable …

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Knowledge

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Inside the Storytelling Revolution

Inside the Storytelling Revolution

Storytelling is on the rise. With the continued expansion of technology sharing stories has never been easier. In the latest issue of "Building Peace," a publication of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, "Inside the Storytelling Revolution," examines the countless ways we communicate with one another and the power that stories hold to inspire peace as well as war.

This issue looks at the processes of advocacy and advertising—both selling peace in their unique ways. It features the work of StoryCorps and how they are lifting up local voices to contribute to a more peaceful society. Stories also come from the Countering Violent Extremism and filmmaking communities as they explore the ways that narratives can rewrite history—and what it takes to reveal the truth.

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Peace and Tolerance through Education - A New Role for Universities

Peace and Tolerance through Education - A New Role for Universities

A paper by Prof. Dr. İbrahim Özdemir. Abstract: Today, we live in a world forged by instant communications and flow of information provided by satellites, media, and Internet on a scale undreamed of by our grandparents. The world economy, for example, functions as an inter-dependent entity. However, despite the advances in technology and mass communication, mass travel, the intermingling of races, and the ever-growing reduction of the mysteries of our world, a depressing fact of our time is that misunderstandings, prejudices, and stereotypes among members of different faiths, religions, and cultures still endure. Moreover, this misunderstanding causes regional and globalized major problems and tensions. Therefore, the need to engage in dialogue - with other cultures, people, and religions - is even more urgent than in the past if peaceful co-existence and dialogue are to prevail over confrontation and conflict. To respond to the challenges of the globalized world, new visions and mindsets are needed. This can be done by 21st century Universities.

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Jobs & Funding

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PJSA Seeks New Executive Director

PJSA Seeks New Executive Director

The Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA), a bi-national association of Canada and the US, is seeking an experienced administrator and progressive leader for the position of Executive Director. The ED works closely with the 20+ person active Board of Directors to set goals and articulate the vision of the Association and to develop strategies and plans to meet those goals. The ED also manages the business affairs of the Association, including recommending and implementing an annual budget, serving as Editor for a regular newsletter, and working with the Board on fundraising and grant-writing.

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