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

Welcome to the December 2016 monthly digest of the Global Campaign for Peace Education! 

In this issue we are pleased to feature our usual mix of news, events, research and highlights related to peace education programs and developments from around the world.  If you would like to receive more frequent news in your inbox you can also sign-up for daily, weekly and action alert updates.  Click here to edit your subscription options. 

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In peace & solidarity,

Tony Jenkins
Coordinator, Global Campaign for Peace Education

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News & Views

(News, Opinion, Activity Reports)

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Uruguayan youngsters approve peace declaration in parliament

Uruguayan youngsters approve peace declaration in parliament

The Uruguayan parliament was packed with some 160 children and teens from around the country who debated and approved a declaration for world peace as part of the Universal Children's Day observance. "'Education for Peace' was the message to parliament, where the youngsters had two days to analyze, reflect upon and discuss the current state of world peace," said Nicolas Pons, secretary general of the Uruguayan National Commission of UNESCO.

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Actor Forest Whittaker Aiming To Help Former Child Soldiers

Actor Forest Whittaker Aiming To Help Former Child Soldiers

Forest Whitaker’s charity is behind enormous efforts to assist young people affected by conflict.

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Tucson students learn 'non-violence' way of life amidst anti-Trump protests

Tucson students learn 'non-violence' way of life amidst anti-Trump protests

A rash of nationwide protests against president-elect Donald Trump have brought out thousands of demonstrators. Tucson students are participating in a two-day introduction to the Kingian Nonviolence training program, which aims to "institutionalize and internationalize nonviolence."

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Nobel Women's Initiative interview with Cora Weiss

Nobel Women's Initiative interview with Cora Weiss

The Nobel Women's Initiative interviewed Cora Weiss as part of their 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign. One of the initiators of the Global Campaign for Peace Education, Cora believes the quest for peace is holistic and must be pursued through peace education.

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In a Time of Islamophobia, Teach With Complexity

In a Time of Islamophobia, Teach With Complexity

When teaching about the Middle East and North Africa, U.S. teachers are often confronted with a dearth of accurate and nuanced material about the history, politics and people of the region. This crisis of critical awareness mainly materializes through two recurring narratives that circulate in mainstream media, political discourse and popular culture: “Islam as anti-Western” and conflict fueled by “ancient hatreds.” These narratives work in tandem to produce a one-dimensional conception of the MENA, which, in turn, fuels the rising Islamophobia in U.S. schools and society.

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Don't Say Nothing: addressing race in the classroom

Don't Say Nothing: addressing race in the classroom

Many black and brown students are educated in school systems and classrooms where they, despite making up the racial majority, are taught how to understand a world by a staff comprised of a powerful minority. When their teachers choose to remain silent about moments of racial tension or violence—violence that may well touch students’ own communities or families—these children are overtly reminded of their inferior place in society.

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Panel Discussion: The role of education in preventing violent extremism

Panel Discussion: The role of education in preventing violent extremism

Arigatou International Geneva in collaboration with UNESCO and the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United Nations in Geneva, organized a side event to the 33rd Human Rights Council entitled "Learning to Live Together: The role of education in preventing violent extremism."

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A Soldier's Life: a film developed by students questioning military enlistment

A Soldier's Life: a film developed by students questioning military enlistment

This video, "A Soldier's Life," is geared to high school students to discourage them from enlisting in the military. All of the production staff who created the ten minute video are students, ranging from middle school to college.

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Tips and Resources for Better Thanksgiving Conversations

Tips and Resources for Better Thanksgiving Conversations

The National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation has developed Six Tips for Thoughtful Holiday Conversations. For many people, the Thanksgiving holiday this week and the holiday season around the corner bring the likelihood of difficult conversations and out-right fights around the dinner table. Talk of politics and other hot topics can be tricky to navigate with family and friends – especially when we don’t see eye to eye – and it seems like the loud, divisive election season might only make holiday conflicts harder to avoid this year.

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Intensified education on Martial Law pushed in public, private schools (Philippines)

Intensified education on Martial Law pushed in public, private schools (Philippines)

Philippines - An intensified education on Martial Law and its threats to democracy is being pushed on public and private schools. Ifugao lawmaker Teodoro Baguilat Jr. said this amid “growing attempts to revise history and clear the (former strongman) Ferdinand Marcos Sr. of culpability for the widespread violation of human rights during his reign of terror." Baguilat noted that education is important in understanding important issues. “It is also through education that the people can protect themselves from history repeating itself and the painful cost of allowing absolute rule by a dictator being exacted yet again,” he said.

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2016 El-Hibri Peace Education Prize Winner Eboo Patel

2016 El-Hibri Peace Education Prize Winner Eboo Patel

The 2016 El-Hibri Peace Education Prize was awarded to Dr. Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), for his long-term leadership in building inclusive and socially just communities in the U.S..

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The Peace Frequency: Interview with Nadeem Ghazi on Peace Education in Pakistan

The Peace Frequency: Interview with Nadeem Ghazi on Peace Education in Pakistan

The Peace Frequency is a weekly podcast of the USIP Global Campus. This episode features Nadeem Ghazi, the Founder and Director of the World Learning Grammar School & Institute in Pakistan. Nadeem has extensive peace education experience having worked with a variety of organizations including Peaceful Schools International, the United States Institute of Peace, Peace Direct-UK, and the British Council for Sports For Peace.

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NGOs unite for Peace at Forum in Mexico

NGOs unite for Peace at Forum in Mexico

The Sixth International Forum of NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO was held in Mexico Nov. 3-4, 2016 where the role of education for peace was discussed as an innovative method to promote and build peace with NGOs.

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UN NGO Youth-Led Briefing: Targeting Poverty and Education for Peace

UN NGO Youth-Led Briefing: Targeting Poverty and Education for Peace

The annual United Nations Department of Public Information’s NGO Youth-Led Briefing brought hundreds of youth, from all over the world, to the UN Headquarters in New York to discuss Sustainable Development Goals 1, 4 and 16. A panel of experts talked about how targeting poverty and education can help advance peace.

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History teacher suspended for lesson showing ‘remarkable parallels’ between rise of Trump and Hitler

History teacher suspended for lesson showing ‘remarkable parallels’ between rise of Trump and Hitler

A history teacher at Mountain View High School in California has been placed on paid leave after drawing parallels between Republican President-elect Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler in his lesson plan. Navarro, an expert on the Holocaust, argues his lesson plan was not based on opinion, but historical facts.

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Making global citizenship education possible for refugees

Making global citizenship education possible for refugees

All around the world we are witnessing an increased focus on global citizenship education (GCE). Global citizenship refers to a sense of belonging to a common humanity. And the values of that common humanity are underpinned by human rights. Accordingly the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East delivers this work through its Human Rights, Conflict Resolution and Tolerance Education Programme.

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Schools Brace for Feared Rise in Anti-Immigrant Bullying After Trump's Win

Schools Brace for Feared Rise in Anti-Immigrant Bullying After Trump's Win

New York City teachers have seen an increase in student fears as the campaign wound on, culminating the day after the election.

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Peace-based storytelling session sparks hope in conflict-affected, underdeveloped communities (Philippines)

In conflict situations, stories enable societies to connect, engage, and even provide opportunities to resolve conflicts. They help in socializing -- countering false stereotypes and narratives that justify violence and conflict thereby assisting the process of peacebuilding. Noting the value and importance of Executive Order No 570 s. 2006, known as Institutionalizing Peace Education in Basic Education and Teacher Education, storytelling sessions were held across Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) areas during the 2016 National Peace Consciousness Month.

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Cyprus-based NGO Association for Historical Dialogue and Research named winner of 2016 Max van der Stoel Award

Cyprus-based NGO Association for Historical Dialogue and Research named winner of 2016 Max van der Stoel Award

The Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bert Koenders, presented the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR), a Cyprus-based non-governmental organization, with the Max van der Stoel Award 2016 for its work on history teaching as a tool for reconciliation in Cyprus.

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Community College Educators Gather in Alexandria, VA to Learn about Global Conflict and Peacebuilding

Community College Educators Gather in Alexandria, VA to Learn about Global Conflict and Peacebuilding

The 4th Annual National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar was held October 21-24 at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, VA. The seminar was designed to build capacity in community colleges for teaching about peacebuilding, conflict resolution, global issues, human rights, and related topics. This seminar is the only national seminar for community college educators focusing on global and peacebuilding issues.

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How thousands of Palestinian and Israeli women are waging peace

How thousands of Palestinian and Israeli women are waging peace

Thousands of Palestinian and Israeli women marched in Jerusalem and Jericho this month demanding peace from their societies. They are doing so by reaching past and through stereotypes and artificial boundaries to find true partners. Such efforts are given little, often inaccurately reported and interpreted, coverage by the standard media. So it is through the networks of women’s civil society organizations and initiatives that we learn of them. We believe that linking peace educators’ networks to those of civil society activists is essential to the field’s having the information necessary to inquiring into the multiple possibilities for action among those they are educating for responsible global citizenship. So we offer this article hoping that it will be adapted for peacelearning purposes.

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Action Alerts

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Resources

(Curricula, Research, Policy)

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Addressing Fragility—A New Learning Agenda

Addressing Fragility—A New Learning Agenda

The Fragility Study Group is an independent, non-partisan, effort of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Center for a New American Security and the United States Institute of Peace. The goal of this brief is to describe what is needed to develop and implement a more robust and effective learning agenda focused on addressing fragility that effectively informs policy decisions.

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#StandingRockSyllabus

#StandingRockSyllabus

The NYC Stands with Standing Rock Collective developed a syllabus project useful for educators and activists seeking to understand the historical issues of indigenous people's struggle for social, cultural and ecological justice arising from the current movement to resist the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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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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UNESCO Week for Peace and Sustainable Development: The Role of Education

The UNESCO Week for Peace and Sustainable Development: The Role of Education’ presents a unique platform for discussion on two key programmes of the Education Sector, namely Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship Education (GCED), and their practical contribution in achieving Target 4.7 of the Sustainable Development Goal 4 on Education. The Week will focus on the issue …

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2017 Canadian School of Peacebuilding: Session II

Join us at the Canadian School of Peacebuilding in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in June! We offer 5-day intensive courses that are available for professional development, personal inspiration, or academic credit. CSOP is a learning community of diverse peacebuilders who come together to learn, network and engage in peacebuilding. It is a great opportunity for peacebuilders from all faiths, countries and identity groups. Everyone …

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2017 Canadian School of Peacebuilding: Session I

Join us at the Canadian School of Peacebuilding in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in June! We offer 5-day intensive courses that are available for professional development, personal inspiration, or academic credit. CSOP is a learning community of diverse peacebuilders who come together to learn, network and engage in peacebuilding. It is a great opportunity for peacebuilders from all faiths, countries and identity groups. Everyone …

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"How to Change the World and Make a Living" a two-part webinar series

  As part of the Peace and Collaborative Development (PCDN) Network’s ongoing commitment to helping people develop meaningful careers they are offering a professional development series of two webinars on careers in change. Audience:  Everyone who is passionate about bringing positive change to the world through their jobs or volunteer projects.   From young college grads starting to explore grad school; …

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Theorizing Linkages, Practicing Solidarity: Feminist Approaches To Conflict Resolution

The Center for the Study of Gender and Conflict is proud to announce the call for proposals for their 5th annual conference taking place on the Arlington, Virginia campus of George Mason University, located in the Washington D.C. metro area, with easy access to the nation's capital.  Proposal Deadline: December 1, 2016. Proposals are invited from graduate students, faculty, practitioners, and artists who …

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International Education Week

November 14-18 marks the 18th anniversary of International Education Week (IEW), an annual celebration of international education and exchange worldwide. Institutions across the United States and around the world are hosting events throughout the week to recognize international students, education abroad, and internationalization.  visit the International Education Week facebook page for updates and activities

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Face the Future: a game about the future of empathy

You are in a world where you can feel what other people feel. Now what?   This November, Facing History and Ourselves and Institute for the Future will pioneer an online "game for social change" that will convene students, educators, and community members from around the world to imagine what a better future might look like in 2026. The game will …

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"How to Change the World and Make a Living" a two-part webinar series

  As part of the Peace and Collaborative Development (PCDN) Network’s ongoing commitment to helping people develop meaningful careers they are offering a professional development series of two webinars on careers in change. Audience:  Everyone who is passionate about bringing positive change to the world through their jobs or volunteer projects.   From young college grads starting to explore grad school; …

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Knowledge

(Publications & Book Reviews)

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A guide to tweeting for peace and social change

A guide to tweeting for peace and social change

This resource guide developed by Craig Zelizer of PCDN provides an introduction to Twitter, discusses the role it can and has played in peacebuilding and social change and offers key resources to begin actively using the platform.

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New Book - Peace Education in a Conflict-Affected Society: An Ethnographic Journey

New Book - Peace Education in a Conflict-Affected Society: An Ethnographic Journey

Peace education initiatives have been subject to heated public debate and so far the complexities involved have not been fully understood. This multilayered analysis examines how teachers negotiate ideological, pedagogical and emotional challenges in their attempts to enact a peace education policy. Focusing primarily on the case study of conflict-affected Cyprus, Michalinos Zembylas, Constadina Charalambous and Panayiota Charalambous situate the Cypriot case within wider theoretical and methodological debates in the field and explore the implications of their findings for theory and practice.

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Book Review: The language of peace, communicating to create harmony

Book Review: The language of peace, communicating to create harmony

"The language of peace, communicating to create harmony," edited by Rebecca L. Oxford, is a volume in the Information Age Press series: Peace Education, edited by Laura Finley & Robin Cooper. This review, authored by Mumbua Simon, is one in a series co-published by the Global Campaign for Peace Education and In Factis Pax: Journal of Peace Education and Social Justice toward promoting peace education scholarship.

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Call for Undergraduate Papers: Care as a Humanizing Act in Education

Call for Undergraduate Papers: Care as a Humanizing Act in Education

#CritEdPol, Swarthmore College’s Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies, announces an open call for undergraduate papers/projects for their next issue with the theme of care mobilized as a necessary and humanizing act within education policy. Preliminary submissions due December 10, 2016.

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Free ebook by Rebecca Solnit - Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities

Free ebook by Rebecca Solnit - Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities

With Hope in the Dark, Rebecca Solnit makes a radical case for hope as a commitment to act in a world whose future remains uncertain and unknowable. Drawing on her decades of activism and a wide reading of environmental, cultural, and political history, Solnit argued that radicals have a long, neglected history of transformative victories, that the positive consequences of our acts are not always immediately seen, directly knowable, or even measurable, and that pessimism and despair rest on an unwarranted confidence about what is going to happen next.

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Peace Science Digest: Volume 1, Issue 5

Peace Science Digest: Volume 1, Issue 5

Peace Science Digest: Volume 1, Issue 5, published by the War Prevention Initiative, is now available for free download. Inside this issue: research examining multiple lenses of war prevention and the viable nonviolent alternatives; how domestic protests influence coups; oil, terrorism and insurgency in the Middle East and North Africa; democracy, human rights and terrorism as possible motives for U.S. military intervention; the uneven distribution of civilian casualties, politics, and public support for Israel; and how nonviolent resistance contributes to strong democracies.

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Elise Boulding: A Pioneer in Peace Research, Peacemaking, Feminism and the Family

Elise Boulding: A Pioneer in Peace Research, Peacemaking, Feminism and the Family

Springer Publishing has released four edited volumes on the life work of Elise Boulding. Edited by her son, J. Russell Boulding, these volumes honor the lifetime achievement of the distinguished activist and scholar on the occasion of what would be her 96th birthday (1920-2010). Known as the “matriarch” of the twentieth century peace research movement, she made significant contributions in the fields of peace education, future studies, feminism, and sociology of the family, as well as serving as a prominent leader in the peace movement and the Society of Friends.

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40+ Children's Books about Human Rights & Social Justice

40+ Children's Books about Human Rights & Social Justice

Young people have an innate sense of right and wrong, fair and unfair. Explaining the basics of human rights in age appropriate ways with stories and examples can set the foundation for a lifelong commitment to social responsibility and global citizenship.

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Jobs & Funding

(Job Postings & Funding Opportunities)

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Vassar College: Seeking Assistant Professor in Education-Mathematics / Science Pedagogy with emphasis on social justice

The Education Department at Vassar College invites applications for a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor with a specialty in Mathematics and/or Science Pedagogy to begin in Fall 2017. They are seeking an individual with a strong commitment to promoting socially just, equitable, inclusive, and critically transformative learning environments.

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Apply Now: The Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program for Iraqi and U.S. high school students

Apply Now: The Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program for Iraqi and U.S. high school students

The Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program for Iraqi and U.S. high school students, Iraqi undergraduate students, and Iraqi adult mentors is pleased to extend this fully-funded scholarship opportunity to talented and dedicated young leaders and adult educators from Iraq and the United States to apply for a summer leadership program in the United States. Be sure to apply now: application deadlines begin December 1, 2016.

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Child Fund International: Senior School Based Violence Prevention Advisor, Honduras

Child Fund International: Senior School Based Violence Prevention Advisor, Honduras

Child Fund International seeks a Senior School Based Violence Prevention Advisor to provide overall technical oversight and guidance to their project in Honduras.

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Soros Equality Fellowship

Soros Equality Fellowship

The Soros Equality Fellowship supports emerging midcareer professionals who will become long-term innovative leaders impacting the racial justice field. The fellowship award includes $80,000 to $100,000 over the course of the fellowship period, accompanied by the requisite skill building, mentorship, and support to ensure a fluid leadership pipeline between early-career promise and later-career expertise. Letters of inquiry are due by November 16, 2016

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Amnesty International: Consultant for Developing Educational Resource on Refugees and Migrants

Amnesty International: Consultant for Developing Educational Resource on Refugees and Migrants

Amnesty International is seeking an Educational Resource Consultant to develop an educational resource on refugee and migrant rights.

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