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

This month we are proud to partner with the International Institute on Peace Education and their call to address identity-based violence through teach-ins on campuses across the US (and around the world).  The Global Campaign for Peace Education will support this effort by sharing resources and reports from teach-ins.  We welcome any materials that can be used as the substance for an engaged dialogue on any form of identity-based violence.  Please read the featured article below for more details.  

As always, the February 2017 compendium of the Global Campaign features all the news, events, research and highlights related to peace education programs and developments from around the world that we could find.  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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Featured Article

A call to Address Identity-based Violence through Teach-ins at American* Universities

A call to Address Identity-based Violence through Teach-ins at American* Universities

The Human Right to Dignity, Identity and Personal Security: a Message from the International Institute on Peace Education to Peace Educators of American Universities

Dear Colleagues in Peace Education,

The rise in hate crimes experienced during these months of intense political is an assault on the fundamental rights of citizens integral to our constitutional democracy. They also pose a serious obstacle to the essential goals of peace education and peace studies, learning toward the achievement of a just and peaceful global order. While identity violence is not unique to the US it is in our own society that we have the opportunity and responsibility to take civic action toward overcoming it. Certainly, confronting the open manifestation of hatred toward any groups or individuals in this country is a responsibility to be taken up by all citizens, but most especially by peace educators who have committed themselves professionally and personally to educate for and to strive toward overcoming violence in all its manifestations. The public articulation of racial, religious and gender prejudice and hatred with the resulting discrimination and violence should be addressed by all realms of education, and most especially by university level peace studies.

American universities have a history of rising to such challenges. The struggle for civil rights, the Vietnam War, South African Apartheid, campus gender violence and climate justice, among other such challenges have produced responses of learning/action at colleges and universities across the country. We believe that this epidemic of hate, particularly Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, should be similarly confronted by the academic community. Multiple possibilities and resources can be drawn upon, from holding campus-wide teach-ins that address the crimes and their causes, to introducing study of religious beliefs and practices into peace studies programs. The extreme ignorance about the religious beliefs, cultural practices and histories of the multiple faiths that profoundly influence the worldviews and ways of life of most peoples of the world has been a significant factor in the occurrences of hate crimes. This ignorance that facilitates such egregious violation of human rights is an issue that the peace studies community is well able to address.

Some of your campuses have partnered with Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC)** to train student leaders, develop curriculum, or advance a campus strategy focused on interfaith cooperation. Others have civically active campus ministries, representing multiple faiths. We call on peace educators to consider exploring with the IFYC-related group on your campus and/or your campus ministries to cooperate in organizing such a teach-in. While crimes against any and all groups might be considered as the focus of your efforts, those manifesting virulent Islamophobia and violent outbursts of Anti-Semitism combined with proposals for a Muslim registry, and the executive order banning entry to the US of some Muslim countries, as well the intense conflicts over BDS makes these especially acute problems. These crimes are not only assaults on American values of religious tolerance and the right to personal dignity and security, they are violations of international human rights standards that as stated in the UDHR are “the foundation of peace in the world.” The teach-ins might set the consideration of the crimes in terms of both these national values and constitutional rights and the relevant human rights standards with which all citizens should be familiar. They are essential knowledge for those seeking to become agents of peace.

Should you undertake to introduce this possibility, we would appreciate your sharing your plans and experience, so that we may pass them on to others in a series of posts via the Global Campaign for Peace Education news feed in April.

We would, as well, be glad to pass on and to suggest resources for teach-ins or for the inclusion of the study of various religious beliefs in peace studies courses. Especially relevant would be the teachings about peace and relations with others that are set forth by multiple world religions, including denominational statements on issues such as nuclear weapons, disarmament, nonviolence and the environment.

Please let us hear from you about your plans or what you may already be doing on your respective campuses. Please contact us at [email protected].

We send our wishes and hopes that the year ahead will see some significant advances toward the tolerance of differences, appreciation of diversity so essential to a just peace on our campuses, in our communities, this country and the world,

The International Institute on Peace Education Secretariat:

Tony Jenkins, Georgetown University
Janet Gerson, IIPE
Dale Snauwaert, The University of Toledo
Betty Reardon, IIPE Founding Director Emeritus

*We welcome and encourage participation from universities and community groups from around the world!

**IFYC offers campus innovation grants, faculty development grants, free educational resources, and other tools to help you plan and implement events. Contact Julia Smith ([email protected]) to discuss opportunities that may be right for you and your campus.

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News & Views

(News, Opinion, Activity Reports)

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The internet can spread hate, but it can also help to tackle it

The internet can spread hate, but it can also help to tackle it

Social media has changed the way we communicate. It offers valuable opportunities for connection but at the same time segregates people into social ‘bubbles’ that echo and legitimise one’s own opinions. Peace education and digital literacy can be combined to transform the internet into a more positive and hopeful space.

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Education - a pathway to deradicalisation (Pakistan)

Dr Musarat Amin calls for compulsory peace education at levels 8-9-10 in public schools as students of these age groups are more prone to extremist ideologies. That peace education should be a combination of Islamic as well as Western literature that promotes tolerance, peaceful co-existence and harmony amongst different segments of the society.

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Prophetic, Practical Peacemaking in Syria and Iraq

Prophetic, Practical Peacemaking in Syria and Iraq

The Church of England’s only Syrian-born clergyman, Dr Nadim Nassar, is also Director of the London-based Awareness Foundation, a charity that provides peace-making education in Syria and Iraq and builds understanding between faiths in the UK. The scars left by war and brutality are deep but the education programmes run by the Awareness Foundation are transformative.

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A controversial American school chain and the battle to teach Africa’s children

A controversial American school chain and the battle to teach Africa’s children

Backed by the World Bank and billionaires Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, Bridge International has launched a massive campaign to privatize public education in Africa. Despite charges the U.S. corporation is experimenting on African children, violating the constitution in at least two African countries, and providing inferior education, Bridge International is undaunted, even suing the government of Uganda for closing down 63 of its for-profit schools earlier this year.

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Learning to live together in peace through Global Citizenship Education

Learning to live together in peace through Global Citizenship Education

This UNESCO video explains the importance of Global Citizenship Education (GCED) in a globalized and increasingly interconnected and interdependent world. GCED is key to understand the interconnections between the local and the global and nurture a sense of belonging to a common humanity. It builds motivation to assume active roles to contribute to a more just, peaceful, tolerant and sustainable world.

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Glenn D. Paige: pioneer of nonkilling studies and peace researcher (1929-2017)

Glenn D. Paige: pioneer of nonkilling studies and peace researcher (1929-2017)

On Sunday January 22, 2017, Glenn D. Paige passed away in Honolulu after struggling with illnesses at the age of 87. Founder of the Center for Global Nonkilling, his is a life that has given so much with his firm belief that the world could change for the better; and that killing could end with the advent and advances of the nonkilling knowledge.

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Guns Against Grizzlies at Schools or Peace Education as Resistance?

Guns Against Grizzlies at Schools or Peace Education as Resistance?

Patrick Hiller, in response to the incoming administration, suggests ways in which peace education can play a central role in training people to resist injustice and participate more effectively in society.

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Arizona Bill Would Ban Discussion of Social Justice, Solidarity in Schools

Arizona Bill Would Ban Discussion of Social Justice, Solidarity in Schools

State lawmaker in Arizona proposes legislation that would ban classes and extracurricular activities that "promote" social justice or solidarity.

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Ikeda Center Podcast with Betty Reardon: The Relationship Between Human Dignity, Human Rights, and Peace

Ikeda Center Podcast with Betty Reardon: The Relationship Between Human Dignity, Human Rights, and Peace

In this Ikeda Center podcast Dr. Betty Reardon shares insights on the relationship between human dignity, peace, and human rights and discusses the necessity of developing a systemic approach to peacebuilding.

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Action Alerts

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Accept the Peace First Challenge

Accept the Peace First Challenge

Peace First is launching the Peace First Challenge – a call to action for teams of young people in the United States to create powerful solutions for issues in their schools and local communities. If you are between the ages of 13-24, we challenge you to change your communities for the better by crossing lines of difference, standing up for yourselves and others, and joining with others to solve community problems. Together, show the world the power young people have to be a force for good! Registration deadline: February 10.

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Resources

(Curricula, Research, Policy)

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Sri Lanka: ‘Reconciliation’ will be included in school curriculum

Sri Lanka: ‘Reconciliation’ will be included in school curriculum

Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) Chairperson former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga (CBK) said her office was working with the Education Ministry to include ‘reconciliation’ as a special subject in the school curriculum.

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Resistance 101: A Lesson for Inauguration Day Teach-Ins and Beyond

Resistance 101: A Lesson for Inauguration Day Teach-Ins and Beyond

Since the election, student protests across the country against bigotry and injustice have been inspiring. Now students need the opportunity to learn the history of people’s movements in order to deepen their protests into organizing that can win real change. To help introduce a history of resistance to injustice, Teaching for Change has created Resistance 101, a lesson for middle and high school classes to use for Inauguration Day Teach-Ins and beyond to #TeachResistance.

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Teaching about Martin Luther King Jr.

Teaching about Martin Luther King Jr.

Lessons and Resources about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement Beyond “I have a dream" compiled by Teaching for Change and featured on the Zinn Education Project website.

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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 Institute on Peace Education 2017

International Institute on Peace Education 2017

The 2017 International Institute for Peace Education (IIPE) will be held in Innsbruck, Austria at the Grillhof Seminar Center from August 27 to September 2, 2017. This year’s institute is being organized in partnership with the IIPE Secretariat, members of the Faculty of Education and Queens’ College at the University of Cambridge, and the Unit for Peace and Conflict Studies …

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Knowledge

(Publications & Book Reviews)

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A Global Security System: An Alternative to War (2016 Edition)

A Global Security System: An Alternative to War (2016 Edition)

"A Global Security System: An Alternative to War," a publication of World Beyond War, describes the “hardware” of creating a peace system, and the “software” — the values and concepts — necessary to operate a peace system and the means to spread these globally. World Beyond War invites educators to consider "A Global Security System" for class adoption in peace studies programs. Free examination copies are available to faculty upon request.

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Book Review - Peace and conflict studies research: a qualitative perspective

Book Review - Peace and conflict studies research: a qualitative perspective

"Peace and conflict studies research: a qualitative perspective," edited by Robin Cooper and Laura Finley, is a volume in the Information Age Press series: Peace Education, edited by Laura Finley & Robin Cooper. This review, authored by Mike Klein, 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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Book Review - Peace Jobs: a student’s guide to starting a career working for peace

Book Review - Peace Jobs: a student’s guide to starting a career working for peace

"Peace jobs: a student’s guide to starting a career working for peace" by David J. Smith, is a volume in the Information Age Press series: Peace Education, edited by Laura Finley & Robin Cooper. This review, authored by Janet Gray, 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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New Issue: In Factis Pax (Volume 10 Number 1, 2016)

New Issue: In Factis Pax (Volume 10 Number 1, 2016)

In Factis Pax is a peer-reviewed online journal of peace education and social justice dedicated to the examination of issues central to the formation of a peaceful society – the prevention of violence, political challenges to peace and democratic societies. Volume 10 Number 1, 2016 is now available.

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Jobs & Funding

(Job Postings & Funding Opportunities)

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UN SDG Action Campaign Youth Advocate (Internship)

UN SDG Action Campaign Youth Advocate (Internship)

The UN SDG Action Campaign, a special initiative of UN Secretary-General, is looking to hire a Youth Advocate intern. Application deadline: January 20.

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