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Welcome to the New Global Campaign for Peace Education Newsletter!

Dear subscriber reader,

Welcome to the “new” Global Campaign for Peace Education (GCPE) newsletter!  We’ve made some major changes and improvements to the newsletter and are launching a brand new website that we believe will invigorate new participation, increase sharing and learning opportunities, and help us achieve our goal of universalizing peace education.  The featured article below outlines many of the new communication and sharing options available on the “new” GCPE website.  We encourage you to explore the new site and to take advantage of the many new possibilities for sharing and connecting with others in the global peace education community. 

In peace & solidarity,

Tony Jenkins
Coordinator, Global Campaign for Peace Education

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Featured Article(s)

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The “new” Global Campaign for Peace Education: pursuing intentional, sustained and systematic education for peace

The “new” Global Campaign for Peace Education: pursuing intentional, sustained and systematic education for peace

In May 1999 the Global Campaign for Peace Education (GCPE) was launched at the Hague Appeal for Peace conference.  The Hague Conference was the largest international peace conference in history, bringing together nearly 10,000 people from over 100 countries.

The conference launched the Hague Agenda for Peace and Justice for the 21st Century, a set of 50 recommendations for the abolition of war and the promotion of peace. The Agenda represents what civil society organizations and citizens considered some of the most important challenges facing humanity for the 21st century. It highlights four major strands:

• Root Causes of War & Culture of Peace

• International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law and Institutions

• Prevention, Resolution, and Transformation of Violent Conflict

• Disarmament and Human Security

Peace education plays a critical and strategic role in addressing each of these strands by preparing citizens with the knowledge necessary for understanding violence and nurturing those essential capacities needed to transform a culture of violence into a culture of peace. The founders of the GCPE made this clear in the GCPE’s campaign statement:

“A culture of peace will be achieved when citizens of the world understand global problems; have the skills to resolve conflict constructively; know and live by international standards of human rights, gender and racial equality; appreciate cultural diversity; and respect the integrity of the Earth. Such learning can not be achieved without intentional, sustained and systematic education for peace.”

How do we achieve intentional, sustained and systematic education for peace?

While it’s generally easy to observe the positive impacts of peace education in localized contexts and on the lives of individual learners, the political task of infusing and integrating peace education into all spheres of education has been a challenge. The success of peace education writ large is up against many deeply entrenched beliefs informed by unique historical, social, political, psychological and cultural conditions.

The good news: in the short 15+ years since the beginning of the GCPE, peace educators around the world have been steadily engaging teachers and politicians in dialogue and creative and transformative learning opportunities that have led to the adoption of peace education policies from the local to the national.   For example, on October 1-2, a National Encounter on Peace Education was held in Colombia, bringing together more than 600 from across the country to explore the role and possibility of education for a culture of peace. Peace education is becoming a required subject in the schools of Colombia. According to law 1732, adopted in 2014, the national government has decreed that “the teaching of Peace is regulated in all educational institutions of the country”.  Colombia isn’t the only country having success. Significant efforts and policies have been enacted in South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Philippines, and Kenya (just to name a few). These policies are still works in progress, and much is yet to be achieved. However, one important lesson we can draw from each of these examples is the critical role civil society plays in educating the public and policy makers about the needs and objectives of peace education.

Thus, one way we can pursue intentional, sustained and systematic education for peace is by learning from these experiences of others. The GCPE, through its monthly newsletter, has been sharing the knowledge, experiences and ideas of others for nearly 15 years. While the newsletter has been a great conduit for sharing, we’ve long believed that we could do more in making knowledge more accessible and finding ways to facilitate deeper learning exchanges. While we continue to explore the limits and possibilities of learning in the virtual space of the World Wide Web, we are hopeful and confident in the improvements we’ve made to our website and newsletters that should increase our opportunities for learning with and from each other.

Welcome to the “new” GCPE news and website!

We’ve re-envisioned the GCPE website as a clearinghouse and meeting place for peace educators. We didn’t’ think it was necessary to create another “facebook”; we already find ourselves stretched thin by participating in dozens of social media spaces. The renewed GCPE website is set-up as a moderated community depository for all things peace education related. At the GCPE secretariat we search the web daily to identify content of relevance to peace educators. The site now features a stream of news, reports, research, curricula, publications, events, trainings and more.

You are invited to share and generate content! You are encouraged to share news, activity reports, curricula, research, training opportunities, courses, events and more via our easy to use online submission form.  Content shared should be relevant to peace educators: elements specific to education, teaching and/or learning should be prominent your submissions, although we also invite other content of relevance to peace educators as long as a clear connection can be made. After review by our editors, we’ll get your news or event quickly posted and share it with thousands around the globe.

 


Dialogue and reflect
. With the new website we’ve made it easier for you to share your thoughts, provide feedback, and join others in dialogue. We encourage you to engage in discussion by commenting and providing reflections on articles. How are you using the material? What ideas do you have to advance new perspectives or improve practice? At the end of each article you will find a comment/dialogue option. This feature is fully integrated with facebook so you can also share your thoughts with your friends and colleagues (if you so choose)!

#SpreadPeaceEd. We also encourage you to #SpreadPeaceEd by sharing any of the content on the GCPE via social media. Every article includes a convenient toolbar for easy sharing.

Learn and read in your language of choice! Our new website can be instantly translated into most any language. Make your choice from the top of the sidebar menu on the right. If you language isn’t on the list let us know. And, if the translation isn’t accurate, you can instantly submit edits and revisions for the benefit of future visitors!

Get the News you want – when you want it – and just the right amount! We now offer several subscriptions in addition to the traditional monthly newsletter: you have the option to receive news directly in your inbox daily, weekly or once a month. We also have an “action alerts” option for time sensitive campaigns. You can even choose all of the above and you can change your subscription options at any time via the “edit your subscription” link found at the bottom of all GCPE emails. Go ahead a give it a try for a week or a month – you can easily change the frequency of the news you receive at any time.

These are just a few of the new website features. You can read about other features here.

Developing a global peace learning community: the best is still to come!

Now that the new website is up and running we are planning other exciting projects. In the coming months we will begin partnership with a leading academic journal and peace and justice organizations around the world to facilitate focused campaigns to generate & share knowledge, curricula and research on critical issues for peace educators. We will be announcing themes, along with calls for submissions, near the end of 2015. This will be a major effort and contribution to intentional, sustained and systematic education for peace. We envision this as a collaborative learning opportunity to help grow the field in theory and practice and shape educational policy.

We are excited about these new beginnings… and there is much, much more on the way! We look forward to partnering with you on this learning journey.

- The Global Campaign for Peace Education


*The Peace Education Initiative at The University of Toledo coordinates the Global Campaign for Peace Education

 

 

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News & Views

(News, Opinion, Activity Reports)

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AFSC asks: What would peace look like in your community?

American Friends Service CommitteePeace is not just the absence of war. It means a sense of shared security, access to jobs, health care, education—a community that is cared for and valued.In October 2013, 19 people from five continents traveled to the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates to represent the American Friends Service Committee. We asked them: "What would peace …

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Let Girls Learn (Michelle Obama - The Atlantic)

Let Girls Learn (Michelle Obama - The Atlantic)

(Original article: Michelle Obama, The Atlantic, 11-2-15)Right now, 62 million girls worldwide are not in school. They’re receiving no formal education at all—no reading, no writing, no math—none of the basic skills they need to provide for themselves and their families, and contribute fully to their countries.Often, understandably, this issue is framed as a matter of resources—a failure to invest …

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Liberal Democrat councillors in Oldham call for children to be given lessons in peace in the classroom

Liberal Democrat councillors in Oldham call for children to be given lessons in peace in the classroom

(Original article: Todd Fitzgerald, Manchester Evening News, 11-2-15)Councillors are calling for children to be given lessons in peace.Lib Dem members in Oldham have tabled a motion for discussion at the full council meeting tomorrow (Wednesday Nov 4) calling for the topic to be discussed in the classroomsThey want to try peace classes in a bid to create ‘well-rounded, caring, and …

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Kansas City Colleges Peacebuilding Conference Demonstrates the Power of Higher Education Collaboration

Kansas City Colleges Peacebuilding Conference Demonstrates the Power of Higher Education Collaboration

(Original article: David J. Smith, davidjsmithconsulting.com, 11-2-15)October 30-31, 2015 the 3rd Annual Peacebuilding Conference “Teaching Peace: Education as an Essential Peacebuilding Tool”  was sponsored by three Kansas City area colleges: Johnson County Community College, Park University, and Rockhurst University.   Medical Missions Foundation was also a co-sponsor.   The first day of the conference was held at Park University in Parkville, …

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Audiência discutirá educação voltada à cultura da paz

Audiência discutirá educação voltada à cultura da paz

(Original article: Aqui Acontece, 10-8-2015)As comissões de Cultura; e de Educação da Câmara dos Deputados realizam hoje uma audiência pública para debater experiências educacionais voltadas à cultura de paz. O debate foi sugerido pela deputada Jandira Feghali (PCdoB-RJ) e pelo deputado Aliel Machado (PCdoB-PR).Jandira Feghali afirma que há uma cultura de “violência sistêmica” nas escolas no Brasil. “Crianças, adolescentes e adultos …

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National Encounter for Peace Education: Colombia

(Original article: Prof. Alicia Cabezudo, Culture of Peace News Network, 11-2-15)Colombia: “The Peace Process Involves Everyone”“The process of educating for peace must begin many years of listening to each other.”-– David Adams, Round Table on Community Education and Education for Peace.On 1 and 2 October the “National Encounter for Peace Education” was held in Bogota to develop a strategy of …

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What If Every High School Had A 'Justice Program' Instead Of A Cop? (NPR)

What If Every High School Had A 'Justice Program' Instead Of A Cop? (NPR)

(Reposted from: NPR.com, Eric Westervelt, 10-30-15)This week's viral videos of a Columbia, S.C., deputy's push-the-chair-over-and-drag-the-student arrest of a 16-year-old high school girl in her classroom has refocused attention on the expanding role of police in schools, "zero tolerance" discipline policies and the disproportionate punishment of minorities. The student in the case was African-American and the deputy, Ben Fields, is white.The Richland …

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Rwandan training of teacher trainers in peace education

(Original article: The Aegis Trust, 5-18-15)Rwanda’s Ministry of Education last week commenced training its teacher trainers in delivery of the peace education component of the new national Schools Curriculum. The brainchild of the team at the Aegis-led Rwanda Peace Education Programme (RPEP), this has been developed in close collaboration with the Rwanda Education Board (REB) and sees peace education integrated …

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Henry A. Giroux | Murder, Incorporated: Guns and the Growing Culture of Violence in the US

Henry A. Giroux | Murder, Incorporated: Guns and the Growing Culture of Violence in the US

(Original article:  Henry A. Giroux, Truthout, 10-7-15)Nine people were killed and seven wounded recently in a mass shooting at a community college in Roseburg, Oregon. Such shootings are more than another tragic expression of unchecked violence in the United States; they are symptomatic of a society engulfed in fear, militarism, a survival-of-the-fittest ethos and a growing disdain for human life. …

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Teacher unions focus on plight of refugee children’s education

(Original article: Education International, 10-15-15)From Europe to the United States, teacher unions are urging their governments to both welcome more refugees and to ensure that schools open their doors to make quality education available to refugee children.The latest UNICEF education report reveals that the conflict in Syria has forced 52,000 teachers to flee and has left 2.4 million children with …

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Education International: Critical moment reached before global climate negotiations kick-off

(Original article: Education International, 10-23-2015)With time ticking away before the world’s leaders meet in Paris in December to strike a new climate deal, sustainable development education is one step closer to becoming a reality in curriculum around the world.The stage for negotiating a new global climate deal at the 21stmeeting of the UN Conference of Parties, better known as COP21, …

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2015 El-Hibri Peace Education Prize Awarded to Raz Mohammed Dalili

2015 El-Hibri Peace Education Prize Awarded to Raz Mohammed Dalili

(Original article: Pajhwok Afghan News, 10-28-2015)WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Raz Mohammed Dalili, one of Afghanistan’s most recognised peace educators, has been awarded the prestigious 2015 El-Hibri Peace Education Prize, the El-Hibri Foundation said here on Wednesday.Raz Dalili will accept an award of $30,000 for his organization at a private ceremony in late October, the foundation said in a statement. Three graduate students will …

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Peace education programs thrive amid violence (Israel / Palestine)

Peace education programs thrive amid violence (Israel / Palestine)

(Original article: Adam Evenhaim, Ynetnews, 10-26-15)The escalating wave of violence Israel has been hit with in recent weeks, which ratcheted up tensions between the country's Arab and Jewish populations, managed to spur an interesting counter movement leading to a spike in requests for "peace-related materials" for both Jewish and Arab schools.While incitement spreads like wildfire on social media, and Jews …

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Schools in crisis in Turkey’s southeast

Schools in crisis in Turkey’s southeast

(Original article: Al-Monitor, 10-2015) The renewed conflict in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast has wreaked havoc on the schooling system in the region. Many teachers from western Turkey, appointed to schools in the region after a long wait, have refused to go to their places of duty, while those who did are working in a state of edginess.In mid-September, the government made …

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UN development goals – A bigger role for universities?

(Original article: Rebecca Warden, University World News, 10-17-15)There was no role for higher education in the Millennium Development Goals, or MDGs, the eight ambitious United Nations’ targets for solving some of the world’s most pressing problems, due to expire at the end of 2015. But universities will be expected to be bigger players this time around, according to academics gathered at …

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NSCDC launches Community Peace Ambassadors (Leadership)

Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps launches Community Peace Ambassadors

(Original article: Pulse News Agency, 8-10-2015)The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has launched the Civil Defence Community Peace Ambassadors to inculcate peace culture into the youths toward building a non-violent society.David Ojelabi, Head, Peace and Conflict Resolution Unit, NSCDC headquarters, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Kaduna that the initiative would build peace at …

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Measuring The Millennium Development Goals: Achieving Universal Primary Education

(Original article: Charlie Sorrel, fastcoexist.com, 10-13-15)Everyone deserves an education, but the benefits go far beyond just learning: Children who are born to educated mothers are less likely to be stunted or malnourished. Each additional year of maternal education also reduces the child mortality rate by 2%. And in developing low-income countries, every additional year of education can increase a person's future …

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The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia to provide human rights education through SDGs

(Original article: The Sun Daily, 10-23-15)KUALA LUMPUR: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) is committed to promoting the human rights dimensions of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by providing education to all stakeholders, said its chairman Tan Sri Hasmy Agam.     "It includes to the relevant ministries, members of Parliament and civil society. Suhakam also hopes to advise the government on …

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Reflections on Peace Education - Conceptual & Operational Dilemmas (Zimbabwe)

Reflections on Peace Education - Conceptual & Operational Dilemmas (Zimbabwe)

(Original article: University of Bradford's JEFCAS Blog, 9-4-15)Since its inception in 2004, peace education in Zimbabwe still has its fair share of multidimensional and multi-layered challenges to address in the conflict-prone context. The myriad challenges range from: strange bedfellows of politicians and peace academics – though they are expected to be mutually reinforcing and interlacing; the backwater communal narrative of marginalization …

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Afghan, Philippine Activists Find Common Ground

Afghan, Philippine Activists Find Common Ground

(Original article: Institute for War & Peace Reporting)Human rights defenders and peacebuilders from Afghanistan and the Philippines met via video link last week to discuss how grassroots efforts were contributing to peace in the contexts of their respective societies.A unique debate facilitated by IWPR on September 3 brought together activists from six Afghan civil society organisations and the heads of …

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Peace schools across the world boom in popularity

(Original article: Eleanor Ross, virgin.com "disruptors", 9-15-15)The world hasn’t stopped fighting since 1914. The pursuit of peace should become the mainstay of education, and interest in courses like Peace and Conflict studies at universities such as Bradford, Ulster and SOAS are booming in popularity. With the recent civil war in Syria and the ensuing refugee crisis, the world needs to …

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The late Honourable Dr.Thomas Mark Turay.

Sierra Leone Peace Educator Thomas Mark Turay passes

(Original article: Makeni: Funeral of Honourable Thomas Mark Turay, The Patriotic Vanguard, 9-20-15)President Ernest Bai Koroma, Vice-President Ambassador Victor Bockarie Foh, cabinet ministers and senior government officials have attended the funeral mass for Hon. Dr Thomas Mark Turay (TMT) at the Our Lady of Fatima Cathedral, Teko Road, Makeni on Saturday, 19th September, 2015 at 11:00 am. Interment at Mayagba Village …

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An oasis of hope amidst the turmoil (Israel/Palestine)

An oasis of hope amidst the turmoil (Israel/Palestine)

(Original article: Bill Strubbe, Jewish Journal, 10-22-15)Another convulsion of sectarian violence has swept Israel and Palestine these past weeks shattering lives and inculcating dread between Jewish and Arab communities. On smart phones, Jewish teens replay videos of stabbings and car attacks. Palestinian parents sequester their children indoors, frightened they might be arrested or killed. Returning from work in West Jerusalem’s hotels …

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Children of Peace Provides Education and a Future

Children of Peace Provides Education and a Future

(Emily Dieckman, Borgen Magazine, 9-29-15)SEATTLE — In developed countries like the United States, children are asked about what they want to be when they grow up on a regular basis. They are encouraged to have aspirations and to then develop a plan and find the resources that will help them to achieve their goal.In impoverished countries, it is a different story. …

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Ferguson, America, and Moving Forward Toward Truth

Ferguson, America, and Moving Forward Toward Truth

(Original article: David Ragland and Mark Lance, Counterpunch.org, 10-16-2015)Recent grassroots mobilization against police killings of African Americans has thrust a long-standing pattern of racial violence into the consciousness of the world. There is nothing new about state violence against African Americans: from slave patrols, fugitive slave laws, and the Klan/state violence of Jim Crow, right up to today’s racial profiling, …

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Educating the heart: Prem Rawat addresses students in Indonesia, Malaysia

Educating the heart: Prem Rawat addresses students in Indonesia, Malaysia

(Original article: PRNewswire) LOS ANGELES, Oct. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Prem Rawat's ongoing tour of the Asia Pacific region included recent visits to Indonesia and Malaysia where he delivered an uplifting message to university students who are enrolled in the Peace Education Program (PEP).A flagship initiative of The Prem Rawat Foundation, PEP is an innovative program available in 48 countries that helps empower …

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Peace Education can end War, Violence and Hatred – Acharya Lokesh (India)

(Original post: RoyalHarbinger.com)Udaipur : Acharya Dr. Lokesh Muni eminent Jainacharya and founder of Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti speaking at Parliament of World Religions organised in United States of America on the topic ‘Peace Education to end War, Violence and Hatred’ said that our present education system only takes care of the physical and intellectual development of children there is curriculum for …

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Understanding conflict: education for peace in Mindanao (Philippines)

Understanding conflict: education for peace in Mindanao (Philippines)

(Original article:  Lila Ramos Shahani, philstar.com)In late January of this year, sixty-seven Filipinos died in Mamasapano, Mindanao—following a botched operation dubbed: Exodus. The public outcry was raw and visceral, awakening both a renewed sense of pride for our police force,on the one hand, and exposing the weaknesses in our understanding of peace in Mindanao, on the other.Facebook and Twitter became the site …

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As the UN Celebrates Empowerment of Women, a New Survey Shows Major Frustrations

As the UN Celebrates Empowerment of Women, a New Survey Shows Major Frustrations

(Original article: Danielle Goldberg and Mavic Cabrera-Balleza, passblue.com)Fifteen years ago, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on women, peace and security, a landmark international law that demands women’s participation in decision-making on international peace and security.Though seldom recognized, the fundamental roots of this resolution, known as 1325, came from women’s actual experiences in armed conflict and their struggles …

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Prof. Dietrich Fischer

Professor Dietrich Fischer, Ph.D., Co-Founder of TRANSCEND, Passed Away 18 October 2015

(Original article, Johan Galtung – TRANSCEND Media Service)My dear friend, co-founder of TRANSCEND in 1993 with myself and Fumiko Nishimura left us today after a short hospital stay in coma, basically due to his diabetes for many years.Very competent in mathematics, modeling and economics he was for many years a professor in New York, till early retirement and full dedication …

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Giving Children in War-Torn Areas a Chance to Learn

Giving Children in War-Torn Areas a Chance to Learn

(Original article by Peter Schouten, War Child Holland on Huffington Post)"At five o'clock in the morning there was a chemical attack on our neighbourhood. Everyone in our family was dead, it was just me and my mother left. I fled to Lebanon with my mother. I think it is too bad that our camp does not have a school and the …

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Schools for Peace in Collaboration with DAI - AAWAZ (Pakistan)

Schools for Peace in Collaboration with DAI - AAWAZ (Pakistan)

(Original article: Global Peace Pioneers)PROJECT TITLE: Cohesion among schools and communities to prevent / mediate conflicts and disputes peacefully through Schools for Peace Program in Selected Districts of KPK and Punjab Introduction:Implemented with financial support from DAI -AAWAZ , the School for Peace Program is first innovative concept of its kind for the Communities to better able to prevent conflicts and disputes …

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Lebanon: get all children off the waiting list (Syrian refugees)

Lebanon: get all children off the waiting list (Syrian refugees)

(Original article: Jesuit Refugee Service - Oct. 12, 2015) Jbeil, 12 October 2015 – "Growing up everything was good," said Catherine Mora, a Syrian refugee and teacher at the JRS centre in Jbeil. "That is until the war started. It was hard to believe what was happening was real. They just shoot, not thinking people are actually walking there. When I …

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Peace Channel organises capacity building programme (Dimapur, India)

(Original article: Eastern Mirror, Oct. 11, 2015)Peace Channel had conducted a one day capacity building programme for peace club leaders, members and teacher coordinators on October 10 at the Peace Channel conference hall, Dimapur.While addressing the gathering, Rev. Dr. CP Anto, Director of Peace Channel and Principal NEISSR, stressed on the need to capacitate youth and adult on peace building, …

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Israel-based educators study Austin schools for peace project

Israel-based educators study Austin schools for peace project

(Original Article: Melissa B. Taboada - American-Statesman)Israel-based educators advocating for peace between Jews and Arabs recently visited Austin schools to learn more about dual language education, which they see as a way to build understanding between two deeply segregated groups that have been in conflict for centuries.The Hand in Hand Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel is a network of six …

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The war against women (Nepal)

The war against women (Nepal)

Even in times of peace, women in conflict zones remain vulnerable to violence, sexual abuse, loss of bread winners and much more.(Original article: The Tribune India)Sangeeta Barooah PisharotyTiny Nepal has shown the way with a National Action Plan for Women. The Himalayan nation has become an example not just for its much bigger regional peers but beyond South Asia too. …

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17 Women Educators to be commissioned as College Ambassadors for Peace, UPF representatives (Nigeria)

(Original article: Dr Raphael Ogar Oko, newsdiaryonline.com)As part of the multi dimensional approaches to the promotion of peace in Nigeria by the Universal Peace Federation, arrangements have reached an advanced stage for the implementation of peace clubs in Colleges of Education in Nigeria. The National Commission for Colleges of Education approved the proposal by the UPF Nigeria for the establishment of …

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Seminar "Education for Peace – Resolution Through Dialogue" in Temerin

Seminar "Education for Peace – Resolution Through Dialogue" in Temerin

(Original article: Nansen Dialogue Center Serbia)Tatjana Popović and Dragana Šarengaća, NDC Serbia's facilitators, were running an accredited training programme "Education for Peace – Resolution Through Dialogue" for a group of teachers at Kokai Imre Primary School in Temerin from 9 to 11 October 2015. The training was organised in cooperation with the school's Team for the Prevention of Violence.The themes …

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Politics of Good Governance for Nonviolence: The Role of Peace Education

Surya Nath Prasad, Ph. D. – TRANSCEND Media Service(This article originally appeared on Transcend Media Service (TMS) on 12 October 2015.)Peace education based on universally inherent five elements, viz. body, vitality, mind, intellect and spirit in every man and woman everywhere without any discrimination should be for all including for parents, teachers, current peace educators, preachers, rulers, representatives of people, …

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Luxembourg Peace Prize 2015 – the 9th World Peace Forum

Luxembourg Peace Prize 2015 – the 9th World Peace Forum

(Original post World Peace Forum)Luxembourg celebrates Seven New Peace Prize LaureatesOn Friday October 2nd, 2015, over 200 peace activists from around the world gathered at the historic European Parliament building in Luxembourg to celebrate the nomination of the 2015 Luxembourg Peace Prize Laureates.The seven distinguished peace makers of 2015 represent a diverse mix of Political Leaders, Artists, Educators and Peace Activists …

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Opinion: Iran and the Non-Proliferation Treaty

(Original article: Farhang Jahanpour, Inter Press Service News Agency)OXFORD, Sep 4 2015 (IPS) - Iran’s nuclear programme has been the target of a great deal of misinformation, downright lies and above all myths. As a result, it is often difficult to unpick truth from falsehood.  As President John F. Kennedy said in his Yale University Commencement Address on 11 June 1962: “For …

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Promoting Culture of Peace Through Dialogue

Promoting Culture of Peace Through Dialogue

(Original article: Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Inter Press Service News Agency)Sep 7 2015 (IPS) - This week, for the fourth time in a row, the annual gathering of the apex intergovernmental body of the United Nation deliberating on peace and non-violence will take place at the U.N. headquarters in New York. President of the ongoing 69th session of the General Assembly Mr. …

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“An education in solutions-thinking” – Metta Center Podcast

(Original article: Metta Center for Nonviolence)“Education is the root system underlying all other systems. Given the grave and potentially catastrophic problems we face, it is critical that we provide young people with the knowledge, tools and motivation to address our pressing challenges in order to transform unsustainable and unjust systems into ones that are humane, healthy and peaceful.”Zoe Weil (portrayed …

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Reflections on Education for Peace

Reflections on Education for Peace

(Original article: Prof. Dr. Alicia Cabezudo, Arigatou International)Education for peace and respect for human rights become particularly relevant today as the values that they entail are conflicted by daily violence, the horrors of war and the slow destruction of values such as solidarity, cooperation and respect for the other – situations that shake us daily.We face extreme daily situations of …

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Teaching Social Skills to Improve Grades and Lives

(Original article: David Bornstein, NY Times - July 24, 2015)In the early 1990s, about 50 kindergarten teachers were asked to rate the social and communication skills of 753 children in their classrooms. It was part of the Fast Track Project, an intervention and study administered in Durham, N.C., Nashville, Seattle and central Pennsylvania. The goals were to understand how children …

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World Teachers’ Day calls for the empowerment of teachers to build sustainable societies

World Teachers’ Day calls for the empowerment of teachers to build sustainable societies

(Original article: UNESCO)UNESCO will celebrate World Teachers’ Day (WTD) on October 5 by highlighting the importance of empowering teachers to achieve inclusive and sustainable global development.This year, the Day comes just after the adoption of the new Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations’ General Assembly and represents the first opportunity to set out a roadmap for teachers in the …

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Report and Recommended Actions from Symposia on “Women’s Rights to Dignity, Security and Justice: The Rana Plaza Collapse and the Triangle Fire: Consequences and Accountability”

Women’s Rights to Dignity, Security and JusticeThe Rana Plaza Collapse and the Triangle Fire: Consequences and AccountabilityUnder the above title a symposium organized as a parallel civil society event during the 59th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women was held at the Fordham University School of Law at Lincoln Center on March 14, 2015.Organized by …

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Interfaith Harmony in our Journey to Peace

Interfaith Harmony in our Journey to Peace

Center for Peace Education, Miriam College (The Philippines)This year we marked the World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) that the United Nations had declared to be celebrated every first week of February amidst a period of sadness because of the Mamasapano mis-encounter between the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). There were renewed calls to …

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Peace Education is the Lasting Solution to our Problems (Nagaland, India)

In the present context where Naga society is undergoing conflict situation, youth are called to be peace builders and agents of peace in our families and communities. With the objective of preventing conflicts by engaging, empowering and enabling the youth as peace builders, the Peace Channel family of Kiphire district organized a one day peace and cultural celebration recently at …

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Ferguson and Peace Education: Developing Moral Imagination and Capacities for Peace and Political Efficacy

By David RaglandWhile going between Ferguson, New York and Pennsylvania since Early August, one of the protest chants from Ferguson stuck with me: “The whole damn system is guilty as hell the whole damn system is guilty as hell.” As a peace learner and educator, I cannot but help to reflect on that statement, especially in the wake of what …

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Action Alerts

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Amnesty International: Write for Rights Campaign

Amnesty International: Write for Rights Campaign

WRITE A LETTER. CHANGE A LIFE.DECEMBER 4 - 18, 2015Your hand-written letters, combined with hundreds of thousands of others from around the world, can change the lives of this year’s 12 cases. Become part of the largest grassroots human rights event in the world by signing up to either host a letter writing party, join one, or write on your own. Dear …

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Where in the World to Study Peace Education? Help us Build a Global Directory

Where in the World to Study Peace Education? Help us Build a Global Directory

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. To address this lack of availability of information, the Global Campaign for Peace Education, in partnership with the International Institute on Peace Education is conducting a survey to inventory programs, courses, …

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Getting the military out of the Chicago Public Schools

(Veterans for Peace: educationnotmilitarization.org)We, the Chicago Chapter of Veterans for Peace, are pursuing a many-pronged campaign to bring Peace at Home, Peace Abroad by focusing on youth and the demilitarization of public education.As veterans, we’ve experienced the military from inside, and many of us have fought in one or more of our country’s all-too-frequent wars. Despite the common claims of recruiters, …

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Resources

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Ethics Education Framework: Arigatou International

Ethics Education Framework: Arigatou International

(Arigatou International)The ethics education framework of Arigatou International has been at the core of the Learning to Live Together Programme since its launch in 2008. This includes the key conceptual elements that provide the rationale and foundation of the manual, the values that support the foundation, and the educational approach that defines the way the Learning to Live Together is …

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Report: too many barriers preventing gender parity in education

(Original article: Education International, 10-26-15)With 62 million girls still denied their right to basic education, the new Gender Summary of the Education For All Global Monitoring Report makes it clear that gender parity in education is far from reality.The Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report (GMR) launched the new Gender Summary, co-produced with the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative …

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The Role of Teachers in Peacebuilding

UNICEF: Research Consortium on Education and Peacebuilding10-5-2015Find out more about UNICEF Learning for Peace at the dedicated programme website: learningforpeace.unicef.orgIn the context of debates relating to teachers’ role in educational outcomes, accountability and management, this Literature Review explores their potential to be active agents of peacebuilding. Specifically, the review aims to explore their role in promoting peace, reconciliation, social cohesion and …

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Peace Lessons from Around the World

Peace Lessons from Around the World

Andrea S. Libresco & Jeannette Balantic, co-editors.  Produced by the Hague Appeal for Peace in Cooperation with the International Advisory Committee of the Global Campaign for Peace Education.IntroductionPeace education is a comprehensive and holistic participatory process that includes teaching and learning for and about human rights, non-violence, social and economic justice, gender equality, environmental sustainability, disarmament, international law, human security …

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The Hunting Ground: A Comprehensive Curriculum Guide for College Educators

The Hunting Ground: A Comprehensive Curriculum Guide for College Educators

 Written by Simona Sharoni, Ph.D www.simonasharoni.com  [email protected](Excerpts below. Click here to download the complete curriculum.) This curriculum guide is designed to help you turn a screening of The Hunting Ground on your campus into an impactful educational event. Whether you plan to host or attend a film screening or wish to integrate the film into an undergraduate or graduate-level course, the material in this guide will …

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European health groups launch peace education case studies

(Original article: Medact.org, 9-22-15)European health groups, including Medact, today launched new educational materials to educate nurses, doctors, students and others on the health aspects of war, violence and armed conflict. The new case studies form part of the Medical Peace Work framework and depict challenging situations for health professionals in the search of preventing and reducing violence – as well …

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Fear, Trauma and Healing: a Scientific Analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian Relationship

Fear, Trauma and Healing: a Scientific Analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian Relationship

(Original article: Yoav Litvin, Counterpunch, 9-28-15)An approach designated as “evolutionary” can be employed in reference to two outlooks on global ethnic conflicts in general, and the Israeli/Palestinian one in particular. A Conservative and Neo-Liberal interpretation of Darwinism employs an approach whereby only the strongest peoples survive in a multi ethnic land. This so–called “survival of the fittest”, exclusionist outlook necessarily invokes …

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Positive Peace Report 2015

Positive Peace Report 2015

(Original article: Vision of Humanity, 10-22-2015)Positive Peace is a transformational approach to achieving development, resilience and peace. It offers an alternative perspective to identify and measure long-term investments that create an optimum environment for human potential to flourish. Download the reportPositive Peace is a new approach to identify and measure long-term investments that create sustainable peace and resilience at the country level.  This …

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Mindfulness has huge health potential – but McMindfulness is no panacea

Mindfulness has huge health potential – but McMindfulness is no panacea

Original article: Jon Kabat-Zinn, TheGuardian.com)  Mindfulness is rapidly becoming a global phenomenon, supported by increasingly rigorous scientific research, and driven in part by a longing for new practices that might help us to better apprehend and solve the challenges that threaten our health. This week a landmark British report will lay out recommendations for the provision of mindfulness across many …

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Nepal: lessons from integrating peace, human rights, and civic education into social studies curricula and textbooks

Nepal: lessons from integrating peace, human rights, and civic education into social studies curricula and textbooks

(Case study posted on UNESCO Clearing House on Global Citizenship Education - Hosted by APCEIU)Summary:  This case study examines the process undertaken by the Ministry of Education (MoE) in collaboration with development partners to revise the social studies curriculum in Nepal. The aim was to promote education for peace, human rights, and civic education (PHRCE) in the wake of a …

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Conflict Analysis Summary: Democratic Republic of Congo

(Original article: UNICEF)This publication summarizes findings from a conflict analysis undertaken as part of the UNICEF Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy (PBEA) programme, funded by the Government of the Netherlands.The purpose of the analysis is to understand the cause and context of conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the nature and prevalence of conflict within the education system. …

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Learning to Abolish War: Teaching Toward a Culture of Peace

Learning to Abolish War: Teaching Toward a Culture of Peace

"Learning to Abolish War: Teaching Toward a Culture of Peace," is a peace education resource packet developed by Dr. Betty A. Reardon and Alicia Cabezudo.  It was the first publication of the Hague Appeal for Peace Global Campaign for Peace Education (published in 2002) and its lessons and framework still hold up well today."Learning to Abolish War" is a comprehensive …

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Modern Slavery - Study Action on Military Sex Trafficking: Cases of Criminal Responsibility

Modern Slavery - Study Action on Military Sex Trafficking: Cases of Criminal Responsibility

by Caroline Fidan Tyler Doenmez   with an Introduction by Betty Reardon(Originally posted 2014) (*Photo credit: Ira Gelb.  "NOT for sale: human trafficking")  Download a PDF of this study / action guide- All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights… (Article 1) - Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person. (Article 3) - No …

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Military Sex Trafficking: Learning toward Abolition and Accountability

A Reflective Inquiry on an International Crime Developed by Betty Reardon  (Originally posted in 2013)    Download a pdf copy of this learning unitRegular readers of this newsletter are aware that the Global Campaign for Peace Education and the International Institute on Peace Education were among the civil society organizations who presented the program, Avenues to Accountability on March 9, 2013, addressing military …

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Criminalizing War and Those Who Make It

Criminalizing War and Those Who Make It

  Download this article: Criminalizing War and Those Who Make It (*Photo caption: Nuremberg Trials. Hermann Göring at the left edge on the first row of benches.)Betty A. ReardonFounding Director Emeritus, International Institute on Peace Education(Originally posted: June 2013)War is a Crime against Humanity and Global Civil OrderAs members of global civil society committed to global community values; and as citizens of an emerging …

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Upholding a Human Right to Peace

Upholding a Human Right to Peace

   Download this article: Upholding a Human Right to Peace.(*Photo caption: The First Hague International Peace Conference in 1899)In a groundbreaking session at the United Nations on June 6, 2013 members of civil society opened a very significant inquiry into fundamental questions of the desirability and possibilities of bringing an end to war. Some have posed this query in terms …

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Education for the Abolition of War

Education for the Abolition of War

IntroductionUN High Level Panel on “the Scourge of War”:  Tasks for Peace Educators(Originally posted June 2013)“Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.” This challenge posed by President Kennedy in a 1961 address the UN General Assembly has yet to be joined. Although the organization was founded with the “dream” of its becoming …

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Preparing our Multicultural Selves to Teach/Reach All of our Children in the Era of Black Lives Matter

Preparing our Multicultural Selves to Teach/Reach All of our Children in the Era of Black Lives Matter

(Original article: Susan Gelber Cannon - Think, Care, Act, September 5, 2015)“I believe one of our primary roles as educator is to interrupt the cycle of inequality and oppression."Sonia NietoThis summer I had passionate discussions with people I love in which we disagreed over the words, “Black Lives Matter.”  They say, “The phrase is isolating and discriminatory.  We should be …

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Guns Are Not the Solution to Gender-Based Violence (PJSA position paper)

Issued by the Peace and Justice Studies Association, Authored by Heidi Huse, Ph.D., and Laura Finley, Ph.D.The Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA), in keeping with its mission and values, is opposed to the argument that deadly firearms are the primary if not sole solution to the very serious problem of sexual and domestic assault that traumatizes or kills men, women, and children …

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11 essential facts about guns and mass shootings in the United States

(Original article: Max Ehrenfreund and Zachary A. Goldfarb June 18 - Washington Post) America is a land of guns. It was true when twelve people died in Aurora, Colo., when a gunman opened fire in a movie theater. It was true when a gunman killed 27 people, including 20 children, at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn. And it remains true this morning, as police …

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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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Experiential Peacebuilding Training in Mexico (Outward Bound Peacebuilding)

Experiential Peacebuilding Training in Mexico (Outward Bound Peacebuilding)

Outward Bound Peacebuilding is pleased to announce the December 2015 Experiential Peacebuilding Training in Oaxaca, Mexico. Part of an exciting new partnership with Outward Bound Mexico, the training is a five-day residential training in experiential learning for people working on issues related to youth, leadership, community development and peacebuilding. The program is offered jointly by Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding …

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WEBINAR - Beyond the Bus: Teaching the Unseen Story of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

WEBINAR - Beyond the Bus: Teaching the Unseen Story of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Beyond the Bus, a special publication of the Teaching the Movement initiative, brings together several resources Teaching Tolerance developed to help educators recognize and fill instructional gaps in their coverage of the civil rights movement. In honor of the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, we’ll apply these key resources to the story of Rosa Parks. Join us to learn …

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WEBINAR - Perspectives for a Diverse America: Text as Window and Mirror

WEBINAR - Perspectives for a Diverse America: Text as Window and Mirror

Increase your students’ reading comprehension and critical literacy skills! Perspectives for a Diverse America, our anti-bias curriculum, offers an anthology of free readings that reflect the lived experiences of diverse readers (mirrors) and provide insights about the lived experiences of others (windows). This webinar will demonstrate how culturally responsive literacy instruction leverages rigor and relevance to keep your students engaged and …

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Japan: Teaching Peace, Connecting People

One-day Educator/Teacher Professional Development SeminarIn collaboration w/ Primary Source This one day workshop seminar will help participants to build a foundation of information topics about peace for teaches and educators in K-12 classrooms and other learning environments. In particular, we will explore the topics teaching about Japan, peace building, and friendship through experts’ presentations, hands-on activities, music activity, and panel discussions. …

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International Peace Bureal World Congress 2016 on Military and Social Spending

International Peace Bureal World Congress 2016 on Military and Social Spending

Disarm! For a Climate of Peace – Creating an Action Agenda“The world is over – armed and peace is under-funded.” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Bringing together a wide variety of experts, advocates and speakers from around the globe;Including talks, presentations, roundtables, panel discussions, workshops, information booths, exhibitions, cultural activities;High point in the recently-launched Global Campaign on Military Spending;Apart from the …

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Building a Sustainable Present: what can one person do?

Building a Sustainable Present: what can one person do?

Building a Sustainable Present: what can one person do?Tuesday, November 10th, 3-5pm The University of Toledo Student Union Room 2584 *live streaming also available!The Peace Education Initiative invites you to join us for a special panel discussion on sustainability and change. Looking at sustainability, this panel of experts will explore work being done at various levels from the grassroots to …

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International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education

The 10th Intl. Conference on Conflict Resolution EducationBuilding Stronger Communities Through Peace, Justice and SecurityCall for Proposals Due December 4thColumbus, Ohio, USAHosted byThe Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (www.gppac.net) and The Ohio State University (Mershon Center for  International Security Studies - Peace Studies Program, Center for Slavic and Eastern European Studies, John Glenn Center for Public Policy, and the Department …

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Truth Initiative Launch

Truth Initiative Launch

Given the historical and perennial nature of violent assaults and deadly encounters between police and African Americans in the U.S., it is urgent that the national and international community be given an opportunity to hear personal accounts directly from those involved. Uplifting under-heard voices through storytelling humanizes persons in a manner that no commission reports, visual representation or media interview, …

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Peace Forum: Commemoration of the 15th Anniversary of UNSCR 1325

Join us as we commemorate the 15th anniversary of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. The Peace Forum takes place from 28-30 October at the Church Center for the United Nations. The celebration begins on 28 October at 3pm with an opening panel discussion, followed by a reception at 5pm. Workshops and events take place …

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Mediating Violent Conflict

Participants will:•Build competence and confidence for practicing mediation•Understand the role of international mediation in the larger peacebuilding context•Learn skills to facilitate the practice and promotion of third-party engagement in peacemaking in interstate and intrastate conflicts

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Men and Women in War and Peace

 “Men and Women in War and Peace" is an inclusive training approach toward understanding the dynamic impact of gender roles in violent conflict, violent extremism, and throughout the peacebuilding processes. This three and a half-day course will provide practitioners, civil society activists, academics and policy makers with an overview of the key issues, frameworks, principles and practices in gender and …

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WCCI 17th World Conference in Education

The World Council for Curriculum and Instruction (WCCI) is a transnational educational organization committed to advancing the achievement of a just and peaceful world community through collaboration curriculum and instruction projects: dialogues on educational and social issues of a global nature; the exchange of ideas, concerns and solutions to problems and person-to-person contacts and professional relationships. It is a non- governmental organization …

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2016 Canadian School of Peacebuilding: Session I

Session 1 Courses:Reconciling Our Future: Stories of Kanata and Canada*Instructor: Niigaanwewidam James SinclairPCTS/ENGL/POLS–3950C and PCD–5190CWhile Canada has become a great nation-state, it has not yet come close to the original Iroquoian word Kanata, a "village." This is embodied in the recorded words and actions of Indigenous peoples throughout history, who have struggled for over two centuries to have their voices …

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2016 Canadian School of Peacebuilding: Session 2

Session 2 Courses:Arts and PeacebuildingInstructor: Dessa Quesada-PalmPCTS/IDS/POLS–2950CThe body, voice and mind are all sites of contestation for divergent interest. Key to the perpetuation of a culture of violence is the subjugation of critical thinking, open dialogue, and the freedom to own one's creativity. In this course, the group will explore the theory and practice of the arts and peacebuilding in an interactive …

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2015 Bologna, Italy Symposium on Conflict Prevention, Resolution, & Reconciliation

Direct training by world leaders in international negotiation, mediation, facilitation, strategic nonviolent action, social entrepreneurship, project planning and design, trauma healing, economics of peace, and more. Optional M.A. credits offered from Johns Hopkins SAIS. Deadline: May 15, 2015. http://ipsinstitute.org/bologna-2015/

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2015 The Hague Symposium on Post-Conflict Transitions & International Justice

Intensive training by world leaders in the skills necessary to holistically restructure a post-conflict society, with a special focus on mechanisms of justice, through formal lectures, site visits to International Tribunals and Courts, and interactive simulations and workshops. Deadline: May 15, 2015. http://ipsinstitute.org/the-hague-2015/

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IPD Summer Academy in Peacebuilding, Conflict Transformation, Mediation & Intercultural Dialogue

(I Summer Academy: August 7-17 and II Summer Academy: August 17-27, 2015) The International Summer Academies will discuss mainly the topics of mediation, dispute resolution, conflict transformation, intercultural dialogue, human rights, leadership, social approach, peacebuilding, negotiation, litigation, arbitration and related subjects. The main goal of the summer academies is to support institutional academic peacebuilding, mediation and conflict resolution education and …

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Anwarul Chowdhury

A Dialogue on the Future of UNSCR 1325 –Women, Peace and Security

With Dr. Asha Hans and Dr. Betty Reardonmoderated by Anwarul K. ChowdhuryYou are cordially invited to attend: Culture of Peace Distinguished Speaker Series. SGI-USA is honored to welcome three of the world’s leading peace builders.  We hope that you will join us!Explore the Peoples’ Action Plans implementing 1325 on the ground with women’s daily and local realities.Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury will moderate a …

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Cohen Peace Conference

Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Conference: Peace in Troubled Times

To honor the legacy of Benjamin V. Cohen who passed away on August 15, 1983 and his dedication to resolving worldwide conflicts peacefully, the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Ball State University will host a conference in Muncie, Indiana on April 1 and 2, 2016. Community activists and scholars from all disciplines as well as laypersons will present …

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Intensive Course on Health, Development and Human Rights

http://www.ihhr.unsw.edu.au/education/courses/2009eoiform.html

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Knowledge

(Publications & Book Reviews)

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Global Citizenship Education: Citizenship Education for Globalizing Societies

Global Citizenship Education: Citizenship Education for Globalizing Societies

Authors: Werner Wintersteiner, Heidi Grobbauer, Gertraud Diendorfer, Susanne Reitmair-Juárez.Developed in cooperation with: the Austrian Commission for UNESCO Klagenfurt, Salzburg, Vienna 2015.Abstract: This publication provides a sound, but very readable introduction into the field of global citizenship education (GCED), compared to peace education, intercultural education or civic education. It offers a rationale and a didactics of this very timely educational approach. It …

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Global Citizenship Education: Topics & Learning Objectives (UNESCO)

Global Citizenship Education: Topics & Learning Objectives (UNESCO)

Published in 2015 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.Foreword UNESCO has promoted global citizenship education since the launch of the UN Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative (GEFI) in 2012, which made fostering global citizenship one of its three education priorities.This publication, titled Global Citizenship Education: Topics and learning objectives, is the first pedagogical guidance from UNESCO on …

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Time to Abolish War: a Youth Agenda for Peace & Justice

Time to Abolish War: a Youth Agenda for Peace & Justice

 Produced for the Hague Appeal for Peace, compiled by Jo Tyler and Adam Berry with the support of the European Youth Foundation.Introduction from the BookThe world is emerging from the bloodiest, most war-ridden century in history. Just the last decade has seen genocides committed in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda, Kosovo, Chechnya, and the spread of weapons of mass destruction capable of …

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Peace & Disarmament Education: Changing Mindsets to Reduce Violence and Sustain the Removal of Small Arms

Peace & Disarmament Education: Changing Mindsets to Reduce Violence and Sustain the Removal of Small Arms

The story of the partnership in Albania, Cambodia, Niger and Peru between the UN Dept for Disarmament Affairs and the Hague Appeal for Peace. (Hague Appeal for Peace, 2005: isbn 0-9770827-0-9)Introduction by Betty ReardonThe learning derived from the DDA/HAP partnership on disarmament education summarized in this publication is an invaluable contribution to the advancement of the study of disarmament as an essential …

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New special issue of Radical Teacher on teaching human rights - open access

New special issue of Radical Teacher on teaching human rights - open access

Radical Teacher, Vol 103 (2015)Radical Teaching About Human Rights: Part OneTable of ContentsIntroduction: Radical Teaching about Human Rights; Michael Bennett, Susan O'MalleyThe Global Movement for Human Rights Education; Nancy FlowersTeaching the Transformative Agenda of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; Gillian MacNaughton, Diane FreyTeaching Progress: A Critique of the Grand Narrative of Human Rights as Pedagogy for Marginalized Students; Robyn Linde, Mikaila Mariel Lemonik ArthurTeaching Human …

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Curriculum Development and Review for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education

Curriculum Development and Review for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education

Prepared by Felisa Tibbitts for UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and the Organization of American States (2015).From the Foreword:Education for democratic citizenship and human rights education are vital for the achievement of peaceful, sustainable and inclusive societies based on respect for the human rights of every person. The strengthening of education …

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Righting Wrongs: A Handbook of Child Rights for Teachers (Monisha Bajaj)

Global Righting Wrongs: A Handbook of Child Rights for Teachers, by Monisha Bajaj. Publisher: Tulia Books.  In an ideal world, childhood is the happy phase of life when children are safe and secure, with no burdens or responsibilities. But, in reality, this would seem an impossible dream to many. For the fact is that every day, all over the world, millions …

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Realizing Peace: A Constructive Conflict Approach. Review by Betty Reardon

BOOK REVIEWLouis Kreisberg. Realizing Peace: A Constructive Conflict ApproachNew York: Oxford University Press, 2015, 416 pages. Paperback ISBN 978019022. Available in March from Amazon at  $34.95.“… too often people act in the mistaken belief that there are no alternatives to the bad choices they are compelled to make.”So states Louis Kriesberg in Realizing Peace in which he persuasively makes the …

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Review of Peace Education, 3rd Edition

Book Review by Betty A. ReardonThis third edition of Ian Harris’ & Mary Lee Morrison’s Peace Education (McFarland, 2012) is an invaluable tool for peace education and a significant contribution to the field; extensively detailed with the substance and history of peace education, comprehensive in framework, complementing it’s core holism and firmly set on the normative foundations of peace education. It …

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Impediments to Implementation of Peace Education in Public Universities In Kenya

IOSR Journal Of Humanities And Social Science (IOSR-JHSS)Volume 19, Issue 3, Ver. II (Mar. 2014), PP 174-185e-ISSN: 2279-0837, p-ISSN: 2279-0845. www.iosrjournals.orgDr Mrs. Esther Chelule, Egerton University, KenyaAbstract: Peace education is an elusive term that has defied many scholars’ definition. It has been defined variously because it carries different meanings to different people. Peace education dates back to 19th century after …

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Multi-Faith Learning as Peace Education

Betty A. ReardonBased on Acceptance Remarks at the El-Hibri Peace Education Prize Ceremony, October 2, 2013Click here to download a PDF of “Multi-Faith Learning as Peace EducationThank you, Cora, for such a laudatory introduction that encourages me to reflect on what this prize can contribute to the further advancement of the peace education efforts you have noted.I am deeply honored to …

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Teaching guide for universities on peace and conflict issues in Davao Region launched (Philippines)

(DAVAO CITY, PHILIPPINES) —-  Amidst the recent violent escalations in some parts of Mindanao due to bombings and encounters between armed groups, a German non-governmental organization, forumZFD (Forum Civil Peace Service), in partnership with the Commission on Higher Education Regional Office XI (CHED-RO XI) is launching today, 14 August 2013, a peace education teaching guide which will help university teachers to …

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Voices from the Grassroots: Empowering Rural Women for Sustainable Development

Armene ModiPaper presented at the Knowledge Globalization Conference: 2012Pune, India January 2012Armene ModiAshta No [email protected]:Women are increasingly making more of an impact than men in rural India. The paper will share the initiatives taken by Ashta No Kai, an NGO working in a rural setting to address gender issues and empower women. It will demonstrate how using pro-poor, pro-women strategies …

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A Review of “The Gender Imperative: Human Security vs State Security”

A Review of “The Gender Imperative: Human Security vs State Security”

The Gender Imperative: Human Security vs State Security, edited by Betty A. Reardon and Asha Hans, New Delhi, Routledge, 2010, 456pp.“For this, in sum, is the essence of human security, wellbeing made possible through the elimination of all forms of violence, assured by institutions designed specifically to achieve and maintain well-being; in short, demilitarizing national security and bringing an end …

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Human Rights Learning: Pedagogies and Politics of Peace by Betty Reardon

Human Rights Learning: Pedagogies and Politics of Peace by Betty Reardon

The UNESCO Chair for Peace Education at the University of Puerto Rico organizes a yearly keynote address on topics related to the promotion of a culture of peace. For the 2008-2009 academic year the university received the distinguished educator Betty Reardon, who offered the Keynote Address Human Rights Learning: Pedagogies and Politics of Peace. The publication of this conference in …

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Jobs & Funding

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Outward Bound Peacebuilding: Director of Programs

Job Opening: Outward Bound Peacebuilding - Director of ProgramsReport to: Executive DirectorLiaison to: Board Committees for Programs and Risk & Safety ManagementLocation: East coast of the USA preferred (with some flexibility)Hours: Full timeGO TO WORK EVERY DAY AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THIS WORLD!Are you a visionary experiential educator with a proven track record in program growth and management, safety, …

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Associate Project Director: Anti-Defamation League (New York)

Join the nation's premier human relations/civil rights organization. We have a mission to fight anti-Semitism and hate, and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. ADL is looking for talented, passionate people who want to make a difference today…and tomorrow!Associate Project DirectorPRIMARY FUNCTION:Based in New York, NY, oversee all aspects of regional educational training including, A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® …

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Peace, Justice and Human Rights Initiative Inaugural Director Search (FAU)

Peace, Justice and Human Rights Initiative Inaugural Director Search (FAU)

FAU Peace, Justice and Human Rights InitiativeDirector Job DescriptionFlorida Atlantic University is seeking a Director for its newly established Peace, Justice and Human Rights Initiative.  This Initiative is one of nine key platforms in the University’s Strategic Plan “A Strategic Plan for the Race to Excellence: 2015-2025”. The PJHR Initiative is a multidisciplinary effort to catalyze communication and collaboration among …

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Guide to Key Resources for Funding Work in Peacebuilding, International Dev and Related Fields

(Developed by: Craig Zelizer, Peace & Collaborative Development Network)In this section, I will provide some of the key resources for obtaining funding for on the ground work. Please also take a look at the posting 12 Key Steps to Obtaining Funding for on the Ground Work which provides overall conceptual strategies.Funding for peace and conflict work can come from a number of …

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Seeking Consultant to Conduct Needs Assessment for Human Rights Defenders Academy

As part of a wider and integrated response to the emerging situation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, Human Rights Education Association (HREA) and Amnesty International Amnesty will be developing a Human Rights Defenders Academy.This Human Rights Defenders Academy will utilise online and offline learning and develop an online platform enabling networking, exchange and sharing of expertise and resources. …

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Open Society Fellowship

Global Grants: Open Society Fellowship(opensocietyfoundations.org) Application deadline: January 4, 2016 The Open Society Fellowship was founded in 2008 to support individuals pursuing innovative and unconventional approaches to fundamental open society challenges. The fellowship funds work that will enrich public understanding of those challenges and stimulate far-reaching and probing conversations within the Open Society Foundations and in the world. A fellowship …

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full-time lecturer with a specialization in peace education

Faculty Search Lecturer 2016-2017Position: The Program in International and Comparative Education (ICE) at Teachers College, Columbia University is seeking a full-time lecturer in international educational development with a specialization in peace and human rights education. The position is available for the Spring 2016 term (starting in January) through the 2016-17 academic year (until August 2017).Responsibilities: The lecturer will teach five courses, provide …

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Funding Opportunity: Program on Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration

Russell Sage FoundationSubmission Deadlines: See upcoming deadlinesThe Russell Sage Foundation launched its program on Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration in the spring of 2015. This new program seeks investigator-initiated research proposals on the social, economic, and political effects of the changing racial and ethnic composition of the U.S. population, including the transformation of communities and ideas about what it means to …

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