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

Welcome to the October 2016 monthly compendium of the Global Campaign for Peace Education! As always, in this issue we are pleased to feature news, events, research and highlights related to peace education programs and developments from around the world.  

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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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The People's Report Card: Assessing the Sustainable Development Goals

The People's Report Card: Assessing the Sustainable Development Goals

Global Citizen has teamed up with the Social Progress Imperative to launch ‘The People’s Report Card’. It’s a Report Card on the progress that the world as whole and each of the countries of the world is making against the Sustainable Development Goals. It’s the People’s Report Card because it is a tool for citizens everywhere to check on how whether their leaders are living up to their promises.

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Preventing violent extremism with skills, education and dialogue (UNESCO)

Preventing violent extremism with skills, education and dialogue (UNESCO)

Skills, jobs, freedom of expression and more culture and history – these are the responses that must be nurtured in the face of violent extremism stated UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova at an event organized by Albania, Jordan and the Holy See on 20 September 2016.‎ ‎"Tackling this threat is a huge responsibility, of which UNESCO is deeply aware, and this is why we are acting across the board," said Bokova. "This goes to the heart of the UNESCO Constitution, to build the defences of peace in the minds of women and men, starting with education, starting with the soft power of learning, the sciences, intercultural dialogue, on the basis of shared values."

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Connecting peace research, action, and education in Colombia

Connecting peace research, action, and education in Colombia

From September 7-9, 2016, the University of Cartagena’s Observatory for the Study of Displacement, Conflict, and Peacebuilding hosted the first annual International Forum on Peace Studies. The conference offered an unparalleled opportunity for critical analysis and collective reflection on the implications of the recently announced peace agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which marks a political end to nearly 60 years of internal armed conflict. For the participants that gathered, the conference offered a space to not only identify the current demands that this historic moment presents for the field of peace studies, but also a space to recognize the impact that civil society has had in their decades-long work for peace that made this agreement possible.

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Lessons in Empathy

Lessons in Empathy

Three years ago, when Providence Center was rethinking its after school program they turned to community leaders to determine what the children needed: it was help coping with the brutal circumstances of living in Philly’s highest-poverty and most murderous neighborhood. So Providence Center hired Christa Tinari’s PeacePraxis, which brings research-based social emotional learning (SEL) programs into schools. Now, afternoons at the school revolve around a curriculum that teaches children skills of resiliency, conflict resolution, empathy, and self-awareness. Those skills, in turn, have helped students become more attentive and interact better with their peers and teachers in class—and beyond.

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Interview with Noam Chomsky for the International Peace Bureau World Congress

Noam Chomsky is interviewed by Joseph Gerson, American Friends Service Committee’s disarmament coordinator, about the themes and concerns of the upcoming IPB World Congress 2016 on Military and Social Spending - "Disarm! For a Climate of Peace – Creating an Action Agenda," taking place September 30-October 3 in Berlin, Germany.

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Addressing Religious & Ethnic Violence Through Peace Education in Myanmar

Addressing Religious & Ethnic Violence Through Peace Education in Myanmar

This report, by Mary Pham, a fellow with the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, details her applied research examining best practices of civil society strengthening that can drive positive social change and increase justice, rights, peace and development in Burma.

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High-level panel discussion on the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training: good practices and challenges - Opening statement by Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights

High-level panel discussion on the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training: good practices and challenges - Opening statement by Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights

This panel discussion marks five years since the adoption by the General Assembly of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training. This Declaration places human rights education and training as a core pillar of our great project to realize all rights for all.

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World leaders must do more to educate refugee children, say top academics and influencers

World leaders must do more to educate refugee children, say top academics and influencers

20 leading academics and influencers from across the world, have joined forces in an open letter to world leaders - asking that they do more to ensure refugees obtain an education.

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Militarism and the Young: Youth Gathering at the Disarmament Congress in Berlin

Militarism and the Young: Youth Gathering at the Disarmament Congress in Berlin

“In many ways the world we live in is unjust and inhumane, especially towards young people. Our social model is established on unlimited economic growth, the extensive use of natural resources, the predominance of capital, domination structures, patriarchy, competition, violence, confrontation, conflict and war. Capitalism and militarism reinforce themselves, destroying the livelihoods of all beings.” That’s how the draft of the Declaration for Demilitarization and Youth begins, which was developed in the preparation meetings for the Youth Gathering of the Disarmament Congress that starts in Berlin end of September 2016.

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Dawson College marks 10th anniversary of shooting

Dawson College marks 10th anniversary of shooting

It was ten years ago that a gunman walked into Dawson College. One student died and 19 others were injured. Richard Filion, the school's director general, said it's ironic that their Peace Education program came out of such violence, prompting the school to focus on leading students down the path of peace.

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The Pluralist Commonwealth: a possible peace system?

The Pluralist Commonwealth: a possible peace system?

Historian and political economist Gar Alperovitz offers an animated view of what a next system grounded in democratized ownership of the economy and real sustainability could look like. Could a pluralist commonwealth be the foundation of a peace system?

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Women’s Major Role in Culture of Peace

Women’s Major Role in Culture of Peace

Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury talks about the critical role women play in promoting the culture of peace and asserts that a key ingredient in building the culture of peace is peace education.

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Making Peace Real: an interview with Betty Reardon

Making Peace Real: an interview with Betty Reardon

In this interview Reardon discusses human dignity, militarism and sexism, and general and complete disarmament as fundamental goals of comprehensive peace education. Published on Common Threads, a blog of Soka Gakkai International, this is an excerpt from a longer interview carried out in collaboration with the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was published in the July 2015 issue of the SGI Quarterly magazine.

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Teachers share painful lessons with students who have no memories of 9/11

Teachers share painful lessons with students who have no memories of 9/11

Cheryl Duckworth, an associate professor of conflict resolution and peace education at Nova Southeastern University in Florida, studied teaching about 9/11. She found that many teachers don’t address the subject at all, and those who do often take only a cursory look. “The teachers felt a real patriotic duty to make sure the students knew this event happened, but a lot of what’s being done is commemorating it or honoring first responders,” Duckworth said. “That’s valid, but it doesn’t help the kids ask the critical questions and understand the context of living in a post-9/11 world.”

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Teaching Sept. 11 To Students Who Were Born After The Attacks Happened

Teaching Sept. 11 To Students Who Were Born After The Attacks Happened

America's schools — where collective memory is shaped — are now full of students who weren't alive 15 years ago. As such, many teachers struggle with whether and how to teach the attacks and their aftermath. According to one survey, only about 20 states include anything in depth about the events of that fateful day in their high school social studies curriculum. And when they are taught, critics say, it's often through a narrow lens.

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Terrorism & Nonviolence: An Animation

Terrorism & Nonviolence: An Animation

Terrorism is a serious concern for people and communities all around the world. But, do we have to accept it as "the new normal"? No. We can end it. This short animation by the Metta Center for Nonviolence is a tool for starting conversations about nonviolent solutions to terrorism.

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Support for Peace Education in Solomon Islands

Support for Peace Education in Solomon Islands

Provincial governments are supporting the idea of peace education in the Solomon Islands. Deputy Premier of Guadalcanal Province Hon Peter Aroanisaka said this is a step forward to find lasting peace through education.

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School Sexual Harassment: Underreported and Ignored

School Sexual Harassment: Underreported and Ignored

Experts say that the scope of the problem of harassment in public K-12 classrooms is large, but a dearth of research exists on the topic. That’s in part because of confidentiality rules that surround both investigations and their findings. The consequences are serious. “Quite frankly, everything can get called bullying,” said Nan Stein, senior research scientist at the National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center at Wellesley College. “It’s such a large category that you can drive a truck through it. Schools just love to call everything bullying, because it moves them away from the discourse of rights and it de-genders the issue. There’s not enough attention paid to what gets cast as normative conduct that is really sexual harassment.”

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Forest Whitaker Partners with Cal State Dominguez Hills to Teach Middle School Students Peace and Conflict Resolution

Forest Whitaker Partners with Cal State Dominguez Hills to Teach Middle School Students Peace and Conflict Resolution

At a school-wide assembly at Andrew Carnegie Middle School artist and social activist Forest Whitaker officially launched the Domestic Harmonizer Program with California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). All 915 6-8th grade students will participate in the program. The program is an innovative initiative designed by WPDI and CSUDH specifically for middle schools, with the aim of nurturing a new generation of youth leaders committed to peaceful conflict resolution. The program integrates Conflict Resolution Education with Common Core State Standards in math, science, social studies, and English.

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250 schools in Tamil Nadu to get Human Rights Clubs

250 schools in Tamil Nadu to get Human Rights Clubs

The Institute of Human Rights Education’s (IHRE) initiative of forming Human Rights Clubs in schools is set to expand to 250 schools across 15 districts in Tamil Nadu. Introducing the initiative to Head Masters from schools across the State, Henri Tiphagne, executive director, IHRE, said the clubs, functioning since 2015, have proven to be considerably successful. “If you all want to see a Tamil Nadu without any caste-related or other human rights violations, it cannot happen through judiciary or police. But only through schools,” Mr. Tiphagne told headmasters, stressing the importance of imparting human rights related awareness to children.

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Action Alerts

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Resources

(Curricula, Research, Policy)

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Campus Election Engagement Project

Campus Election Engagement Project

Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) is a national nonpartisan project that helps America's colleges and universities motivate their 20 million students to register, volunteer in campaigns, educate themselves, and turn out at the polls. They focus on how administrators, faculty, staff, and student leaders can help engage students, and they're now engaging schools for the 2016 elections.

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Peace Science Digest: Special Issue on Peace Education

Peace Science Digest: Special Issue on Peace Education

To mark the International Day of Peace, Peace Science Digest (a publication of the War Prevention Initiative) published a special issue on peace education.

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ICNC High School Curriculum Fellowship

ICNC High School Curriculum Fellowship

The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict is launching its first ever grant program for high school educators from around the world to support development and implementation of the civil resistance education for high school students in 2017 and beyond. Application deadline: October 9, 2016.

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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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International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The Day’s theme for 2016 is “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.” The 17 Sustainable Development Goals were unanimously …

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Education, Peace, and Social Change: Innovations in the District of Columbia

How can secondary education be safe for students while also promoting peace and social change? This question will be discussed by a panel featuring innovative programs in Washington, DC. These programs provide useful insights not only for the United States but also for developing countries. Case studies will be presented about work in this area by District of Columbia Public …

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6th International Forum of NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO

6th International Forum of NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO

  The Sixth International Forum of NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO, on the theme ‘From promoting to building peace with NGOs” will take place in Querétaro, Mexico on 3 and 4 November 2016. The theme of this Forum, organized by the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee in close cooperation with UNESCO Secretariat in accordance with the Directives concerning UNESCO partnership with …

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The Peace Alliance National Action Call: Education not Incarceration

The Peace Alliance National Action Call: Education not Incarceration

Join The Peace Alliance for a National Action Call, including news from the field, updates from the DOP Committee, and special guest, Baz Dreisinger, Ph.D.! September 13th - at 6pm pacific, 9pm eastern Baz is the founder and Academic Director of John Jay College of Criminal Justice's Prison-to-College Pipeline program, which offers college courses and reentry planning to incarcerated men at …

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4th annual Global Citizen Leadership Certificate Course

4th annual Global Citizen Leadership Certificate Course

The 4th annual Global Citizen Leadership Certificate Course: October 24-December 19,2016.  This online 8-week certificate course is called Fundamentals of Global Citizen Leadership. It is intended to build the global citizen leadership skills of young and mid-level development professionals in government, international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), businesses and research institutions. Over the past 3 years our course has graduated over 100 outstanding global …

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Perspectives on Peace: Education & Empowerment, Syrian Refugees

Perspectives on Peace: Education & Empowerment, Syrian Refugees

On Monday, September 26, 2016, join a coalition of Columbia centers, programs, and student organizations for Perspectives on Peace 2016: Education & Empowerment in the Syrian Refugee Crisis. With a set of short documentary screenings and a panel with expert insight, this Perspectives on Peace session provides up-close examination of some of the communities impacted by the current refugee crisis and …

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“Three Essential Building Blocks for Starting a New Restorative Justice Program” - Free Telesummit

“Three Essential Building Blocks for Starting a New Restorative Justice Program” - Free Telesummit

This free webcast summit (Monday, Sept 12, 2pm ET) is a stand-alone session that will also be followed by a 3-part paid webinar course available for those who are drawn. The objective of this free introduction is to provide substantive and pertinent materials and to engage the learning community present whether one proceeds with the course or not, with brief …

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Knowledge

(Publications & Book Reviews)

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Jobs & Funding

(Job Postings & Funding Opportunities)

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Program Manager for Education and Convening: International Human Rights Funders Group

Program Manager for Education and Convening: International Human Rights Funders Group

The Program Manager for Education and Convening will support IHRFG’s diverse membership to critically reflect on their grantmaking practice, incubate and pilot new ideas, and initiate new collaborations. Core responsibilities of this role include designing and executing educational programming and developing relevant resources.

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Aspen Institute New Voices Fellowship: nominations open for 2017

Aspen Institute New Voices Fellowship: nominations open for 2017

The Aspen Institute's New Voices Fellowship is a year-long media skills, communication and leadership program designed for standout development professionals from the developing world. The Fellowship is open by nomination only.

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Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Dissertation Program: now accepting applications!

Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Dissertation Program: now accepting applications!

The United States Institute of Peace's Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace awards non-residential Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowships to students enrolled in U.S. universities and who are writing doctoral dissertations on topics related to international conflict management and peacebuilding. Application deadline: Nov. 22, 2016.

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Seeds of Peace GATHER Fellowship accepting applications

Seeds of Peace GATHER Fellowship accepting applications

Seeds of Peace is proud to announce its second annual GATHER Fellowship in partnership with the Swearer Center’s Social Innovation Initiative at Brown University. The Seeds of Peace’s GATHER initiative is searching for 15-20 emerging leaders whose work and ideas are advancing the political, social, and economic conditions essential for peace.

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Project coordination Officer: The Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP)

Project coordination Officer: The Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP)

The Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP), UNESCO’s first education-related category 1 institute towards the development and promotion of new approaches to education for a more peaceful and sustainable world, is seeking a contract Project coordination Officer.

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2016 Human Rights Education and Arts Internship Program: Art and Resistance Through Education

2016 Human Rights Education and Arts Internship Program: Art and Resistance Through Education

Launched in June 2011 in New York City, ARTE is a nascent, innovative organization that uses art, design, and technology to empower young people to develop creative solutions and bring awareness to local and global human rights challenges. The role of the ARTE Human Rights Education and the Arts Program Intern is two-fold: first, supporting the capacity-building and growth of the organization.
Secondly, based on the skills and interests of the intern, along with the program needs of the organization, there exists potential facilitation opportunities with youth. App deadline: Sept 30.

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