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

Welcome to the August 2016 monthly compendium of the Global Campaign for Peace Education!  In this issue we are pleased to feature news, events, research and highlights related to peace education programs and developments from around the world.  If you would like to receive more frequent news in your inbox you can also sign-up for daily, weekly and action alert updates.  Click here to edit your subscription options. 

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In peace & solidarity,

Tony Jenkins
Coordinator, Global Campaign for Peace Education

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News & Views

(News, Opinion, Activity Reports)

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Three Decades of Peace Education in the Philippines

Three Decades of Peace Education in the Philippines

On June 27-28, 2016, the Dept. of Peace and Conflict Studies of the University for Peace and the Center for Peace Education of Miriam College organized a Forum on the theme “Three Decades of Peace Education in the Philippines.” The Forum, held at Miriam College, Quezon City Philippines, gathered more than 60 peace educators and advocates from all over the country. It provided an opportunity for sharing stories of hope and challenges of formal and/or non-formal or community educators in promoting peace education over the past three decades. Participants were also able to share renewed hope and inspiration of how to move forward as peace educators to fulfill a vision of a more just, compassionate, peaceful and sustainable planet.

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Peace Education & the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Latin America - Summer Program Report

Peace Education & the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Latin America - Summer Program Report

On June 24, a group of youth from New York City joined Peace Boat US as part of a two week study program through Central America focusing on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and peacebuilding efforts in the region. The team of 24 included participants from Global Kids, an NYC-based organization that works for global learning and youth development, and interns with Peace Boat US.

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Outcomes and Learnings from an Ethics Education Pilot Program in Kenya

Outcomes and Learnings from an Ethics Education Pilot Program in Kenya

The Pilot Program to implement the Learning to Live Together (LTLT) Programme in the Tana River County came to an end, delivering positive outcomes, particularly in relation to its impact on children, teachers and the communities. The initiative, which took off in September 2014, was developed by Arigatou International Geneva, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Kenya (MoEST) and UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa, reaching 657 children between 9 and 17 years old.

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A peace-building response to the rise of 'Trumpism'

In this OpEd, Cheryl Duckworth suggests we must mainstream peace education in every American student's classroom to teach them to resolve conflict without violence, to respect multiple historical narratives of conflicts past, to be able to identify scapegoating and to value human rights. Global citizenship education, a sister of peace education, strengthens a nation by ensuring its youth have intercultural skills and global awareness.

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Keeping the Peace: Mexican Navy Integrates Peace Education

Keeping the Peace: Mexican Navy Integrates Peace Education

The Mexican Navy is trying a new approach to domestic peacekeeping in the troubled city of Veracruz. The force recently incorporated the Peace Education Program (PEP) into its training regime, offering the course to more than 240 marines, police officers, and security officials at its base there. Captain Antonio Morales, Commander of the Naval Police in Veracruz participated in the training. “The results were excellent. People were deeply impacted. People found ways they can change their self-esteem, health, behavior—this yields better people,” he said. “If we have better people, we have better police officers, and with better police officers on the street, we will have more safety in the community, which is going to have a positive impact.”

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European Ministers back education for democracy to counter extremism, racism

European Ministers back education for democracy to counter extremism, racism

Education ministers and officials from 50 countries attended the Council of Europe Standing Conference of Ministers of Education, in Brussels from 11-12 April, 2016, to discuss the theme “"Securing democracy through education: The development of a Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture".

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Project to get Peer Mediation in every school launched in New Zealand

Project to get Peer Mediation in every school launched in New Zealand

On July 7 the Peace Foundation launched its most important project in 41 years with the goal to fund the expansion of its flagship Peer Mediation Programmes for primary, secondary and kura kaupapa Maori schools across New Zealand. In the last 22 years, the Peace Foundation has given peer mediation skills training to teachers and students from a total of 2000 schools. It currently provides resources to about 450 schools, and has in the last year given dedicated trainings in 80 schools.

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Local films show peaceful, harmonious side of Mindanao (Philippines)

Eight local, independent filmmakers dared audiences to correct their misconceptions against the Bangsamoro and Filipino Muslims by viewing Mindanao through a peace lens in a showing of the film project "The Long Reach of Short Films – Telling Stories of Peace in Mindanao in Cine Adarna".

“We try to find a different way to tackle the Bangsamoro issue. Films are important to create discussions and dialogue and impact emotionally,” said project manager Manuel Domes. “Our main focus is not so much on the grander level of peace discourse but on the level of peace education, understanding the context, and articulating it.”

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Southern Africa Regional Meeting on Global Citizenship Education convened in Johannesburg, South Africa

Southern Africa Regional Meeting on Global Citizenship Education convened in Johannesburg, South Africa

The UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA), in collaboration with the UNESCO Headquarters and the South African National Commission for UNESCO, organized a Southern Africa Regional meeting on Global Citizenship Education, in Johannesburg, South Africa on July 4-5, 2016.

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National Human Rights Education Initiative Forthcoming in Burma

National Human Rights Education Initiative Forthcoming in Burma

Burma’s national human rights commission will join the Ministry of Education in integrating human rights education into the national curriculum, a move likely to be implemented in the following academic year, the commission has announced.

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Gyeongju Action Plan: NGOs join UNESCO in global citizenship education push

UNESCO’s priority mission to strengthen global citizenship education and advocate for its integral role in achieving the Agenda for Sustainable Development was bolstered at the recent United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI)/Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Conference. The conference culminated in the “Gyeongju Action Plan”, in which NGO participants affirmed their collective belief in the importance of Sustainable Development Goal 4 charting the Education 2030 agenda, recognized GCED as “an essential strategy” to address modern challenges. Under the plan, they commit to GCED principles, such as promoting education that celebrates diversity and collaboration at all levels of society and across cultures.

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Peace teams at RNC offer active conflict resolution

Peace teams at RNC offer active conflict resolution

Peacemaking doesn't have to be passive, said two peace teams who have joined forces to ensure the Republican National Convention is as calm as possible. Meta Peace Team of Detroit and DC Peace Team from the nation's capital are more than just observers. They wear distinctive, yellow vests with "Peace Team" written in black and intervene if they see a situation that could spiral out of control. Both teams provide training in nonviolent communication and intervention, peace education, restorative justice, conflict transformation and unarmed civilian protection.

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Turkey fires 21,000 teachers and demands suspension of every university dean in post-coup crackdown

Turkey fires 21,000 teachers and demands suspension of every university dean in post-coup crackdown

Turkey’s post-coup crackdown took a sinister turn on Tuesday after tens of thousands of teachers were fired and all the country’s university deans were told they faced suspension. The licences of 21,000 staff working in private schools were revoked, more than 15,000 employees at the education ministry were sacked, and the state-run higher education council demanded the resignation of 1,577 university deans.

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Madrid Mayor advocates for Peace Education

Madrid Mayor advocates for Peace Education

In response to violence across Europe, Madrid's Mayor Manuela Carmena observes that big cities are "host to negative elements and a breeding ground for violence – from gender violence to young criminal gangs. It all needs to go through a pro-peace education. And it starts at school. We want children to learn the value of dialogue and mediation, and for them to learn to solve their own problems among themselves."

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Can Restorative Justice Break the School-to-Prison Pipeline?

Can Restorative Justice Break the School-to-Prison Pipeline?

Last September, Berkeley (CA) Tech Academy Principal Sheila Quintana had no choice but to suspend 10 students after an off-campus brawl was caught on video by neighborhood residents. Quintana knew there had to be a better way to deal with the disciplinary process than to shut the students out of school, which can send them into a cycle of futility: falling behind in class and ultimately dropping out with scarce employment opportunities, elevating the risk of a life of crime and incarceration.

There is a better way. It’s a concept known as restorative justice, in which perpetrators of minor to moderate offenses are brought into an intensive program in which they are led to confront the underlying causes and consequences of their actions.

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Wael Nehme, staff member at the Teacher Training Center at the Center for Educational Research and Development in Lebanon

Helping students become global citizens: Global Capacity-Building Workshop on Global Citizenship Education

The first Global Capacity-Building Workshop on Global Citizenship Education (GCED) was hosted by the Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU) under the auspices of UNESCO. 28 teachers and education experts from 26 nations participated in the workshop in Guro-gu, southwestern Seoul.

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National Human Rights Institutions will play a more strategic role in education

National Human Rights Institutions will play a more strategic role in education

The United Nations Human Rights Council agreed on a new resolution on Human Rights Education and Training at the Human Rights Council’s Thirty-first session this spring. The resolution reconfirms and supplements state parties' commitment to national implementation of international standards for human rights education five years after the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training from 2011.

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Schools as Agents Cultivating the Culture of Peace in Students (Indonesia)

As a diverse and heterogeneous country, building peace throughout Indonesia is not easy. Head of Research and Development Agency (Balitbang) Kemdikbud, Totok Suprayitno said, education is not to educate a child to be smart, but also to cultivate character. Basically, the character of diversity already exists in each child and needs only to be nurtured. In school, added Totok, the role of teachers is the key; because teachers do not merely teach knowledge. Their actions/ gestures and behavior would also become the model for the students.

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EDUCATION for Peace in Africa

EDUCATION for Peace in Africa

(Ethiopia) Ensuring equitable access in education is key in addressing the root causes of conflict and instability in the world and particularly in Africa. It has been often said that education is a powerful contributor towards building peace as it creates a crucial link between humanitarian and long-term developments in a bid to develop the right conditions for social cohesion and community resilience. Member states of the African Union are now turning their attention to inclusive, equitable and innovative education , advocacy programs, peace-building, policies and programs in an effort to advance sustainable peace and development across the continent.

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Action Alerts

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Call for nominations: El-Hibri Peace Education Prize

Call for nominations: El-Hibri Peace Education Prize

The El-Hibri Foundation awards an annual $30,000 Peace Education Prize to individuals who have dedicated their lives to making outstanding contributions and demonstrating long-term leadership in building inclusive and socially just communities in the United States. The Peace Education Prize is intended to celebrate and encourage individuals who embody the principles of peace, justice, and inclusion. Nominations are due July 31.

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Resources

(Curricula, Research, Policy)

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Peace Studies Glossary

Peace Studies Glossary

This peace studies glossary was developed by Joanie Connors. Peace Studies' courses are challenging to students who have been brought up with limited worldviews and right/wrong thinking. Glossaries are important for students of varying backgrounds to be on the same page in studying any subject, but they are especially needed for courses that challenge status quo thinking. In addition to covering generally accepted terms in peace and conflict resolution, this glossary includes the systems perspective and interpersonal science.

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UAE schools told to teach moral education

UAE schools told to teach moral education

Abu Dhabi: Schools across UAE must now offer Moral Education as a mandatory subject and part of their curricula, following a directive issued by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince. The subject must focus on the teaching of five key elements — ethics, personal and community development, culture and heritage, civic education and human rights and responsibilities.

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Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking

Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking

The 2016 edition of Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking provides a more comprehensive view of the human rights funding landscape than ever before. Released by the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) and Foundation Center, the report analyzes 20,300 grants to 12,262 organizations worldwide in 2013. In total, 803 funders awarded $2.3 billion in funding for human rights — a 23 percent increase in giving between 2012 and 2013 among a consistent subset of funders.

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Broadcasting Peace: Case Study on Education for Peace Through Radio

Broadcasting Peace: Case Study on Education for Peace Through Radio

This case study portrays a Learning for Peace intervention carried out in partnership with Straight Talk Foundation to promote awareness about conflict drivers, strengthen peacebuilding competencies and the capacity of youth and communities to mitigate and manage conflicts in and around education. The intervention is informed by a 2014-15 conflict analysis of the education sector in Uganda and has utilized a Communication for Development approach comprising media-based, school-based and community dialogue activities.

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UNESCO Launches Teacher’s Guide on the Prevention of Violent Extremism

UNESCO Launches Teacher’s Guide on the Prevention of Violent Extremism

UNESCO’s Teacher Guide on the Prevention of Violent Extremism provides practical tips to educators seeking guidance on how to discuss the subject in classrooms. The Guide was developed within the framework of UNESCO’s work on Global Citizenship Education and in response to the request of UNESCO’s Member States for assistance in strengthening their education sector responses to violent extremism.

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UNESCO 1974 Recommendation used to measure progress towards education target 4.7

UNESCO 1974 Recommendation used to measure progress towards education target 4.7

The UNESCO Director-General has launched the Sixth Consultation on the implementation of the 1974 Recommendation concerning Education for International Understanding, Cooperation and Peace and Education relating to Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms for the period 2012-2015.

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Gender, Education and Peacebuilding: A Review of Learning for Peace Case Studies (UNICEF)

Gender, Education and Peacebuilding: A Review of Learning for Peace Case Studies (UNICEF)

The overarching question of this research conducted by Learning for Peace is how can education interventions address gender inequalities in contexts of armed violent conflict and in the process contribute towards sustainable peace? In other words, what do the four case studies tell us about how a gender-transformative approach to education for peacebuilding can strengthen its policy and practice?

Their analysis reveals that conflict is less likely in contexts where there is gender parity in terms of average years of schooling. Analysis has furthermore shown that gender inequality in education increases in response to the incidence of conflict.

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Integrating Mental Health and Education Fields into Countering Violent Extremism

Integrating Mental Health and Education Fields into Countering Violent Extremism

How can we involve professionals from the mental health and education fields in countering violent extremism? Are there lessons to be learned from other types of intervention programs?

Increasing attention has been drawn to the need for an expanded role for mental health care in countering violent extremism. Incorporating mental health and education fields into countering violent extremism holds significant potential in enhancing prevention and intervention capacities. However, to do so effectively requires a better understanding of how to reconcile assets and contingencies from education and mental health with CVE needs and contingencies.

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Educating a New Generation of Peace Leaders as a Way to Prevent Homegrown Terrorism

Educating a New Generation of Peace Leaders as a Way to Prevent Homegrown Terrorism

This paper presents an innovative, new model for educating and empowering a new generation of young peace leaders as a way to prevent homegrown terrorism. The model is based on the “Peace Guerilla” (PG) pilot project that the Canadian International Institute of Applied Negotiation (CIIAN) ran with grade 6 and 7 students at Ross Road Elementary School in North Vancouver, BC in 2011.

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“Education for 21st Century” Publishes Recommendations on Human Rights Education

“Education for 21st Century” Publishes Recommendations on Human Rights Education

EUROCLIO Associated Member Education for the 21st Century (Serbia) published “Recommendations on ‘Fostering Human Rights Through Deconstruction of Stereotypes in Education, Culture and Media'”. The recommendations are formulated by a group of academic experts from the Balkans after consultations with the educational, cultural and media sectors.

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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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Peace Education Curriculum Development: Perspectives, Purposes, and Practices

Peace Education Curriculum Development: Perspectives, Purposes, and Practices

Curriculum Development: Perspectives, Purposes, and Practices2 credits / 6 weeks weeks1 Aug 2016 - 9 Sep 2016Professor Virginia CawagasThis course provides a basic introduction to the principles, conceptual underpinnings and creative design of curricula relevant to peace education and related fields in both formal and nonformal contexts. The course will initially review a range of theories of schooling and paradigms …

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9th International Conference of Museums for Peace, Belfast, Northern Ireland

9th International Conference of Museums for Peace, Belfast, Northern Ireland

The International Network of Museums for Peace (INMP) will hold its 9th International Conference in Belfast, April 10-13, 2017.The INMP is a global network of peace museums, peace gardens and other peace related sites, centres and institutions that share the aim to cultivate a global culture of peace.The conference theme, “Cities as Living Museums for Peace,” will highlight Belfast’s social …

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Workshop on Global Citizenship Education - Making the SDG Target 4.7 Happen Globally

Workshop on Global Citizenship Education - Making the SDG Target 4.7 Happen Globally

At the auspices of the High-Level Political Forum in New York, The Bridge 47 Network, facilitated by Kehys, organises a side-event on Global Citizenship Education together with Bahá'í International Community, Coalition for Global Citizenship 2030, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations, Asia Democracy Network and Asia Development Alliance.Time: Tuesday July 17th, 8.30-9.45Venue: Bahá’í International Community, …

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Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding (Outward Bound Peacebuilding)

Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding (Outward Bound Peacebuilding)

Be part of an international community of students and practitioners working toward peace.Ten days in the Costa Rican rainforest becomes the learning adventure of a lifetime.With each challenge overcome, you will grow: within yourself, as a leader, as a community, as a peacebuilder.Challenge yourself to the learning adventure of a lifetime.About the courseDesigned for working professionals and students who seek …

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Knowledge

(Publications & Book Reviews)

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Education for Peace: Experiences from Practice (Montenegro and Serbia)

Education for Peace: Experiences from Practice (Montenegro and Serbia)

The handbook "Education for Peace-Experiences from Practice" has been translated into English and is now available online. The handbook is the result of cooperation of participants of the regional project "Educational Institutions Implement Education for Peace" and contains articles and lesson preparations with elements of education for peace. The project was jointly implemented by NDC Serbia and NDC Montenegro (GPPAC Western Balkans). The official promotion of the handbook was held in Belgrade on 16 July 2016 during the meeting of the representatives of Nansen Dialogue Network.

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Human Rights and Schooling: An Ethical Framework for Teaching for Social Justice

Human Rights and Schooling: An Ethical Framework for Teaching for Social Justice

Most of the struggles for equitable schooling, including multicultural curricula and culturally responsive teaching, have largely taken place on a local or national stage, with little awareness of how international human rights standards might support these struggles. "Human Rights and Schooling" explores the potential of human rights frameworks to support grassroots struggles for justice and examines the impact that human rights and child rights education can make in the lives of students, including the most marginalized.

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Jobs & Funding

(Job Postings & Funding Opportunities)

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George Mason University: Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution (Tenure-Track)

George Mason University: Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution (Tenure-Track)

The George Mason University School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution. The position begins late August 2017. Application deadline: October 14, 2016.

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USIP: Senior Program Officer

USIP: Senior Program Officer

The Senior Program Officer position serves as a senior conflict management trainer and curriculum designer in the USIP Academy and is a thought leader around mediation, negotiation and dialogue for the Institute as a whole. The incumbent will be responsible for the design and delivery of conflict resolution trainings, the development of simulation and case study materials, including for online courses, and the creation of additional onsite courses and programs.

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Civil Society Leadership Awards: Open Society Foundations

Civil Society Leadership Awards: Open Society Foundations

Open Society Foundation's Civil Society Leadership Awards (CSLA) provide fully funded master’s degree study to individuals who clearly demonstrate academic and professional excellence and a deep commitment to leading positive social change in their communities.

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Consultant to create teaching-learning material on Education for Global Citizenship

Consultant to create teaching-learning material on Education for Global Citizenship

UNESCO's Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development seeks a consultant to create teaching-learning material on Education for Global Citizenship focussing on global issues. Application deadline: August 25, 2016.

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UNDP: International Consultant – Youth4Peace Advocacy, Communications and Knowledge Management

UNDP: International Consultant – Youth4Peace Advocacy, Communications and Knowledge Management

UNDP is looking to recruit an international consultant who will lead and facilitate the Youth4Peace portal and coordinate related communications, learning, knowledge and advocacy activities on youth to continue to position UNDP. Application deadline: August 2, 2016.

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Senior Researcher, Peace and Development: SIPRI

Senior Researcher, Peace and Development: SIPRI

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), an independent international institute whose core mission is to undertake research and activities on security, conflict and peace, is hiring a Senior Researcher. The Peace and Development research cluster is one of three broad areas of study in the new SIPRI research architecture. Application closing date: July 31.

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Institute of International Education: Program Officer II, Junior Faculty Development

The Institute of International Education is hiring a Program Officer II who will be responsible for managing the design and implementation of short-term visiting (non-U.S.) faculty development programs for Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, and Tunisia on behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the U.S. Embassy in Iraq.

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Peace Works Curriculum Specialist: Marquette University

Marquette University Peace Works (MUPW) is recruiting a part-time (10-20 hours per week) temporary Curriculum Specialist. The program is operated by the Marquette University Center for Peacemaking. MUPW aims to reduce and even transform violence and other delinquent behaviors while encouraging the formation of peacemakers by a) training students in cognitive restructuring; b) reducing the number of disruptive behavioral incidents; c) transforming the individual student, and d) improving the qualitative climate of the community by skill-training youth and staff.

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Peacebuilding & Prevention Training – Centre Coordinator & Curriculum Development

Peacebuilding & Prevention Training – Centre Coordinator & Curriculum Development

The Department of Peace Operations (DPO) of PATRIR is searching for a dynamic, capable and highly motivated researcher – trainer – coordinator to take up an exciting position: Peacebuilding & Prevention Training – Centre Coordinator & Curriculum Development. The position involves engagement as a Project Coordinator and Researcher in the PeaceTraining. EU EU-wide consortium (a multi-year project PATRIR is involved in) and working to develop and help lead PATRIR’s own centre for peace training. Application deadline: August 15.

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Search for Common Ground: Project Coordinator - Education

The project coordinator will be responsible for managing the implementation of a 10-month educational project for economically disadvantaged Lebanese and Syrian children aged 6-11. S/he will work closely with local partners, education institutions and stakeholders to ensure timely and quality implementation of all activities and the development of extra curricula modules in conflict resolution through arts, sports among others.

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Open Society Foundation: Grants for Education Grassroots Activism in Hungary

The Open Society Education Support Program invites project proposals from Hungarian civil society organizations that aim to work towards community cohesion and a strengthened, more vocal grassroots educational civil society through the involvement of a wide range of education stakeholders. Applications are due July 30.

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Adv. Education in Emergencies & Fragile Contexts - World Vision International

Adv. Education in Emergencies & Fragile Contexts - World Vision International

This position will provide strategic direction for World Vision’s Education in Emergencies (EiE) and humanitarian context programming covering contexts of conflict, natural disasters, and health emergencies. It will lead the EiE program development for the partnership by building and leveraging partnerships, fundraising, creating a space for innovations in programming and tools, and advocating for child protection and reducing violence against children (VAC Global Campaign) and in formal and non-formal education settings in humanitarian responses.

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