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

This month's featured article comes from Eboo Patel and Kristi Del Vecchio of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC). They write to encourage peace education and peace studies practitioners to increase consideration of religious and philosophical diversity in their teaching. They also invite reciprocal collaboration toward integrating foundational ideas and methodologies from peace studies — such as non-violent conflict resolution skills — into the preparation of interfaith leaders.  The Global Campaign for Peace Education is delighted to embark upon this new collaboration with IFYC with particular hopes of addressing the rising instances of religiously-based identity-based violence.  

As always, the April 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

Current Synergies and Future Collaborations: Possibilities for Peace Studies and Interfaith Leadership

Current Synergies and Future Collaborations: Possibilities for Peace Studies and Interfaith Leadership

Current Synergies and Future Collaborations: Possibilities for Peace Studies and Interfaith Leadership

Eboo Patel, President and Founder of Interfaith Youth Core
Kristi Del Vecchio, Academic Initiatives Manager of Interfaith Youth Core

The academic field of Peace Studies continues to advance and evolve, and carries with it an inspiring foundation established by its pioneers. At its highest level, Peace Studies seeks to equip students with non-violent conflict resolution skills, tools for reconciliation and restorative justice, and an awareness of the mechanisms of social change, towards the end of actualizing a more equitable and just world. Methodologically, Peace Studies draws upon any number of disciplines to critically analyze these topics, including Sociology, Philosophy, Communications Studies, International Relations, Foreign Languages, History, Religious Studies, Political Science, and Economics. Given the field’s thoughtful, multidisciplinary, and skills-based approach, it is no surprise that more than four hundred Peace Studies programs have been developed across the globe at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

While an impressive foundation has been established, practitioners within Peace Studies have noted that the field would benefit from a greater consideration of religious and philosophical diversity. In a review of my most recent book, Interfaith Leadership: A Primer, Dr. Betty Reardon claims that religious diversity tends to be undertheorized and underdeveloped in Peace Studies courses. She writes,

Bridging divides in worldviews and values is an area to which insufficient attention has been paid, even by peace education...For all the hailing of culture of peace frameworks and goals, minimal space and time in our curricula is occupied by one of the most significant factors in any culture, fundamental religious and spiritual beliefs and foundational worldviews. In these days when so many political issues, severe social contention and interpersonal violence is articulated and acted out in the name of the basic and contending religious values that comprise a major divide in this society and the world, this gaping hole in peace curricula must be filled.

As Dr. Reardon notes - and as both history and the current news cycle remind us - interactions between people who orient around religion differently often implicate (or are perhaps inseparable from) issues of peace and justice. Our hope is that the theories and methodologies articulated in Interfaith Leadership will serve as one tool to help close the gap that Peace Studies scholars like Dr. Reardon articulate.

“Interfaith,” as defined in this book, refers to interactions between people who orient around religion differently. Interfaith leaders, then, not only concern themselves with the implications of these interactions, but wish to proactively and positively shape them. To do this successfully, we believe — similarly to Peace Studies, in this regard — that interfaith leaders must be equipped with a particular knowledge base and skill set. Interfaith leaders benefit from appreciative knowledge about different religious traditions or worldviews, and, with inspiration from their tradition or worldview, should be able to articulate their own theology or ethic of interfaith cooperation. Interfaith leaders should also have some working knowledge of the history of interfaith cooperation (in the U.S. and beyond), as well as an understanding of the shared values across traditions and worldviews that urge cooperation over conflict (hospitality, service, non-violence, etc.).

This knowledge base is then put into action through the specific skill set of an interfaith leader. In their personal and professional lives, interfaith leaders actively build relationships, host dialogues or conversations, mobilize, and lead projects or activities with groups of people who orient around religion differently. Interfaith leaders would work to develop a “radar screen” (i.e. elevated awareness) of when issues of religious diversity are at play, as well as a public narrative about the value and importance of interfaith cooperation within their own contexts and communities.

As an organization, Interfaith Youth Core - IFYC works to train hundreds of student interfaith leaders each year, and we are pleased to see them apply this knowledge base and skill set in a wide range of professional fields: Education, Public Policy, Law, Non-Profit Work, Business, Healthcare, and more. These efforts are further supported by hundreds of scholars across a diverse range of academic disciplines, who sense the relevance of interfaith training for their students and teach on this topic in the classroom. Some scholars are doing so under the auspices of the developing discipline or sub-field called Interreligious and Interfaith Studies, which continues to grow through academic programs such as majors, minors, and concentrations. Others simply wish to explore topics of religious and worldview diversity in the context of a more traditional discipline, which we believe furthers and strengthens the efforts of this field.

IFYC strives to be a partner and resource to scholars from a wide range of disciplines who are interested in interfaith cooperation and leadership. We hope to find new ways to partner with Peace Studies faculty and practitioners, who could in turn help us be more thoughtful about the relevance Peace Studies goals and methodologies — such as non-violent conflict resolution skills — for interfaith leaders. It is worth mentioning that more than half of the undergraduate institutions known for having Peace Studies programs also already offer courses that focus on interfaith topics. Indeed, exciting synergies already exist. As we look to the future of both fields, the time is ripe for further collaboration.

Partnership inquiries:
To partner with IFYC please contact Kristi Del Vecchio: 312.573.8829 | [email protected]

Related articles on the Global Campaign for Peace Education:

• Book review – “Interfaith leadership: a primer” by Eboo Patel

• 2016 El-Hibri Peace Education Prize Winner Eboo Patel

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

• As a Teacher and a Daughter: The Impact of Islamophobia

Notes:

Online Guide to Undergraduate Peace Studies Programs, accessible at: http://www.peacecolleges.com/category/undergraduate/.
What is Peace Studies? Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, accessible at:
http://kroc.nd.edu/about-us/what-peace-studies
Betty A. Reardon, “Book review – Interfaith Leadership: A Primer by Eboo Patel,” Global Campaign for Peace Education, accessible at http://www.peace-ed-campaign.org/book-review-interfaith-leadership-primer-eboo-patel/.
“Interreligious and Interfaith Studies” is the name of an official group established through the American Academy of Religion. To date, we are aware of 11 minors, 4 certificates, 1 concentration, and 1 major in Interfaith/Interreligious Studies or Interfaith Leadership Studies at undergraduate institutions across the country. These numbers are likely to double in the coming year, as more than a dozen institutions are currently partnering with IFYC to create academic programs at the intersection of pre-professional fields (Business, Nursing, Education, etc.) and Interfaith/Interreligious Studies.
More than half of the undergraduate institutions listed in the Online Guide to Undergraduate Peace Studies Programs (http://www.peacecolleges.com/category/undergraduate/) offer courses that explicitly focus on interfaith topics.

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News & Views

(News, Opinion, Activity Reports)

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Australia gives P5-B assistance for education, peace in Mindanao

Australia gives P5-B assistance for education, peace in Mindanao

The Australia government has extended more than AUS$130 million for educational development in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and the country’s peace efforts in the Bangsamoro and with communist rebels. This was disclosed by Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop during the launch of Australia’s flagship program in the Philippines, “Education Pathways to Peace in Mindanao (PATHWAYS)."

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Helping Educate a Country to be Great

Helping Educate a Country to be Great

“Helping Educate a Country to be Great” is a poetic plea by Francisco Gomes de Matos, a Peace linguist, co-founder of ABA Global Education, Recife,Brazil.

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Final Conference of ‘Developing a culture of co-operation when teaching and learning history’ held in Cyprus

Final Conference of ‘Developing a culture of co-operation when teaching and learning history’ held in Cyprus

The Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR) organized, in cooperation with the Council of Europe (CoE), the final conference of ‘Developing a culture of co-operation when teaching and learning history’ on the 10th and 11th of March 2017 at the Home for Cooperation.

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UNESCO ESD Leadership Training, designed by Earth Charter International, is piloted around the world

UNESCO ESD Leadership Training, designed by Earth Charter International, is piloted around the world

During February of 2017, over one hundred young sustainability leaders gathered in Dublin, Beirut, Nairobi, and New Delhi to train in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Leadership using a UNESCO curriculum developed by Earth Charter International (ECI).

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Teachers must ditch 'neuromyth' of learning styles, say scientists

Teachers must ditch 'neuromyth' of learning styles, say scientists

Eminent academics from worlds of neuroscience, education and psychology voice concerns over popularity of method noting that it is ineffective, a waste of resources and potentially even damaging as it can lead to a fixed approach that could impair pupils’ potential to apply or adapt themselves to different ways of learning.

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Security, education crucial to peace building – Minister of Education (Nigeria)

Security, education crucial to peace building – Minister of Education (Nigeria)

The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, says improving human security and education are crucial to peace-building and can only be achieved through the collective efforts of stakeholders. "“It is against this backdrop that the Federal Ministry of Education takes the issue of education of Nigerian child very seriously. They are the building blocks of peace in the society and our future."

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Japan - IICBA Signing Ceremony for the project ‘Teacher Training and Development for Peace-Building in the Horn of Africa and Surrounding Countries

Japan - IICBA Signing Ceremony for the project ‘Teacher Training and Development for Peace-Building in the Horn of Africa and Surrounding Countries

The government of Japan is providing of 1 million USD to the International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA) for the project ‘Teacher Training and Development for Peace-Building in the Horn of Africa and Surrounding Countries’, which will support teachers and teacher educators from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda.

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What ‘white folks who teach in the hood’ get wrong about education

What ‘white folks who teach in the hood’ get wrong about education

Dr. Chris Emdin, associate professor at Columbia University’s Teachers College and associate director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education, has had enough of what he calls a pervasive narrative in urban education: a savior complex that gives mostly white teachers in minority and urban communities a false sense of saving kids.

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The Cost of Balancing Academia and Racism

The Cost of Balancing Academia and Racism

Researchers say that discrimination at colleges and universities may have negative impacts on black students’ mental health.

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Youth movements for building peace in South Africa

Youth movements for building peace in South Africa

‘A Piece by Peace: A Sustainable Peace Dialogue’ was co-hosted by Africa Unite (AU) and the International Peace Youth Group on the 23rd February in Cape Town, South Africa. The topic of the forum was: How can we as youth, working with government ensure that we build safe and peaceful communities and create a culture of peace enshrined in the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War.

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Three for Peace, a rhymed reflection

Three for Peace, a rhymed reflection

"Three for Peace, a rhymed reflection" is a poetic plea by Francisco Gomes de Matos, a Peace linguist, co-founder of ABA Global Education, Recife,Brazil.

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Morton Deutsch, Pioneer in Conflict Resolution, Cooperative Learning and Social Justice, Passes Away at 97

Morton Deutsch, Pioneer in Conflict Resolution, Cooperative Learning and Social Justice, Passes Away at 97

Teachers College professor emeritus Morton Deutsch, one of the world’s foremost social psychologists and a pioneer of the fields of conflict resolution, cooperative learning and social justice, has passed away at 97. Deutsch’s ideas have been applied to marital conflict, education, industry and labor negotiations and international relations, yet always with an emphasis on human interrelatedness as a basis for finding common cause.

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Education connects peace and development in sustainable ways says Director-General at UNESCO Week opening

Education connects peace and development in sustainable ways says Director-General at UNESCO Week opening

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova officially opened the UNESCO Week for Peace and Sustainable Development: The Role of Education in Ottawa, Canada on 8 March together with Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Government of Canada, and Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education, Government of Ontario.

The 5-day event is gathering more than 400 experts, practitioners and policymakers from across the world to examine pedagogical approaches and teaching practices to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship Education (GCED).

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Growing Peace: Gandhi, Montessori and What It Means to Begin with the Children

Growing Peace: Gandhi, Montessori and What It Means to Begin with the Children

Education has a vital role in cultivating peace. This is not so much a question of curricula as the kind of engagement fostered in the classroom, writes Mitch Bogen, examining the approach to peace education of Montessori and Gandhi.

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Keeping Education Safe

Keeping Education Safe

For many children around the world, having a safe space to learn is far from guaranteed due to the threat of armed conflict and the targeting of schools. In this guest post for ‘In Focus’, Peter Klanduch and Margaret Sinclair of Education Above All’s legal advocacy programme PEIC – Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict (PEIC) – explain the background to this global problem and the importance of keeping education safe for all children.

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Aegis trains young Rwandans on storytelling for peace building

Aegis trains young Rwandans on storytelling for peace building

The Aegis Trust organised a two day workshop at the Kigali Genocide Memorial in December 2016 with a focus on storytelling as part of the Healing Communities Programme. The workshop gathered young peace champions from across the country to learn how to promote peace in their communities through film and photography.

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Pleasantville teacher creates "peace zone" for students (USA)

Pleasantville teacher creates "peace zone" for students (USA)

Jayne Donato Dempsey’s fourth-grade classroom at the North Main Street School is a Peace Zone. That does not mean it is always peaceful. But it is a place where students can acknowledge their stress, anger and fear and learn ways to express and cope with it. “We are not happy all the time,” said Dempsey. “We have work. We have problems. But we want the norm here to be peace, to be a place where children feel safe.”

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Global Peace: Why is it so challenging to achieve? A Checklist

Global Peace: Why is it so challenging to achieve? A Checklist

"Global Peace: Why is it so challenging to achieve? A Checklist" is a poetic plea from Francisco Gomes de Matos, a Peace linguist & Co-founder: ABA Global Education Recife, Brazil.

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Promoting global citizenship through learning and dialogue

Promoting global citizenship through learning and dialogue

Simon Kuany (South Sudan) is a UN Volunteer with the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP), in New Delhi, India. Funded generously by the Indian Government, MGIEP was formed in 2012 and since then has contributed to transforming education for humanity. It is an integral part of UNESCO, and the organization’s specialist institute on education for peace and sustainable development to foster global citizenship.

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Kampala schools receive peace education books (Uganda)

Kampala schools receive peace education books (Uganda)

Kampala schools have received peace education books from Always Be Tolerant Organisation (ABETO) in conjunction with the Turkish embassy in Uganda. The function was presided over by Turkish ambassador H.E Sedef Yavuzalp who noted that their "participation in donation of books acknowledges the support towards peace and democracy building in Uganda."

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Goodbye Global Peacebuilding Center, Hello Public Education: USIP Launches New Educational Site

Goodbye Global Peacebuilding Center, Hello Public Education: USIP Launches New Educational Site

In late February, the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) launched a new website, "Public Education at USIP" for engaging youth and public audiences. The Global Peacebuilding Center website, established in 2012, has been retired.

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Forest Whitaker Deepens Investment in Lives of Former Child Soldiers and Refugees in S. Sudan and Uganda

Forest Whitaker Deepens Investment in Lives of Former Child Soldiers and Refugees in S. Sudan and Uganda

Education Above All (EAA) Foundation, through their legal advocacy program, Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict (PEIC), and the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) are currently in Kiryandongo to equip former child soldiers and young people affected by conflict from across Uganda and South Sudan with skills in leadership, mediation and entrepreneurship. The aim is promote education to achieve peace, human rights and sustainable development as key drivers of more peaceful and just societies and more open and inclusive economies.

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Peace is about education first! (UN Volunteers)

Peace is about education first! (UN Volunteers)

Irene Bronzini is a UN Youth Volunteer fully funded by Belgium, who was assigned in Mali in 2015 with UNESCO’s social sciences department. Irene, who is of Italian origin, supports the department in co-running UNESCO’s youth and peace education programmes.

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Are video games the key to world peace?

Are video games the key to world peace?

UNESCO's Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace (UNESCO-MGIEP) commissioned a Toronto researcher to write an extensive study on the topic of empathy based video games. Not only that, but the UN is set to release two empathy games of its own.

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Invest in education for peace, stability – First Lady (Kenya)

Invest in education for peace, stability – First Lady (Kenya)

First Lady of Kenya Margaret Kenyatta identifies that education is the key to peace, stability and social cohesion. “No nation which allows its children to wilt in the shadow of neglect can ever hope to achieve peace and economic prosperity,” she said last week.

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Introducing MAPTING: A free mobile App to discover the Sustainable Development Goals

Introducing MAPTING: A free mobile App to discover the Sustainable Development Goals

MAPTING is a free mobile App produced by Soka Gakkai International and Earth Charter International. It is a tool to discover the Sustainable Development Goals and promote sustainable actions and projects through picture & video sharing.

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Engaging Children in Peace Awareness (a poetic plea)

Engaging Children in Peace Awareness (a poetic plea)

"Engaging Children in Peace Awareness" is a poetic plea by Francisco Gomes de Matos, Peace linguist from Brazil.

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Bill introduced to ban Howard Zinn books from Arkansas public schools

Bill introduced to ban Howard Zinn books from Arkansas public schools

Legislation has been proposed to prohibit any publicly supported schools in Arkansas from including in curriculum or course materials any books or other material authored by Howard Zinn.

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Report of the 19th WORLD CONGRESS OF International Association of Educators for World Peace

Report of the 19th WORLD CONGRESS OF International Association of Educators for World Peace

The 19th World Congress of the International Association of Educators for World Peace was held October 24-26, 2016 and hosted by Gokhale Education Society’s SMRK-AK-BK Mahila Mahavidyalaya & HPT-RYK Colleges.

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All Hands on Deck for Peace Education in the Great Lakes Region

All Hands on Deck for Peace Education in the Great Lakes Region

In this interview, Interpeace’s Great Lakes Programme Coordinator, Isabelle Peter, discusses the organization’s peace education initiative in the three countries of Rwanda, Burundi and the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The peace education initiative is part of Interpeace’s Cross-Border Peacebuilding programme, implemented in collaboration with six regional organisations in the region.

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Action Alerts

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A Call for Support and Solidarity with Purged Academics for Peace in Turkey

A Call for Support and Solidarity with Purged Academics for Peace in Turkey

The Global Campaign for Peace Education invites you to join a campaign to support the academics in Turkey who have been expelled from their university positions.

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YouthPower Learning Grants RFA: Advancing the Evidence Base for Youth Civic Engagement in Effective Peacebuilding for Mitigating Violent Extremism

YouthPower Learning Grants RFA: Advancing the Evidence Base for Youth Civic Engagement in Effective Peacebuilding for Mitigating Violent Extremism

Making Cents International under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded contract YouthPower Learning is launching a request for applications: YouthPower Learning Grants for Advancing the Evidence Base for Youth Civic Engagement in Effective Peacebuilding for Mitigating Violent Extremism.

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Resources

(Curricula, Research, Policy)

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Community-based learning for sustainable development

Community-based learning for sustainable development

To stress to policymakers and other stakeholders the wide and far-reaching benefits of community-based learning, particularly in the light of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning has published a new policy brief, "Community-based learning for sustainable development." This policy brief advances six principles of action to develop the role of community learning centres as the main delivery mechanism for community-based learning: responding, engaging, enabling, embedding, sustaining and transforming.

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Poverty is Sexist: Why educating every girl is good for everyone

Poverty is Sexist: Why educating every girl is good for everyone

ONE’s "Poverty is Sexist report" aims to draw attention to the crisis – and opportunity – around girls’ education and demonstrate why educating girls is a smart investment.

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Request for Applications: YouthPower Learning Grants for Advancing the Evidence Base for Gender-Transformative Positive Youth Development

Request for Applications: YouthPower Learning Grants for Advancing the Evidence Base for Gender-Transformative Positive Youth Development

Making Cents International under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded contract YouthPower Learning is launching a request for applications: "YouthPower Learning Grants for Advancing the Evidence Base for Gender-Transformative Positive Youth Development." Application deadline: April 13, 2017.

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Call for applications: Identifying peacebuilding approaches to countering violent extremism

Call for applications: Identifying peacebuilding approaches to countering violent extremism

This April Peace Direct is hosting a collaborative research project to bring together experts and practitioners to share best practices and develop new approaches in countering violent extremism. Send notice of interest by March 27.

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Teachers College study finds gap between refugee policy and practice hinders urban refugee children's access to education

The increasing urbanization of the world’s displaced people presents unique obstacles to displaced children attempting to attend local schools, despite their widely recognized right to do so, according to a report released by Teachers College. The report, titled “Urban Refugee Education: Strengthening Policies and Practices for Access, Quality, and Inclusion,” is the first-ever global study of urban refugee education.

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Evaluation of the Transformative Potential of Positive Gender Socialization in Education for Peacebuilding

Evaluation of the Transformative Potential of Positive Gender Socialization in Education for Peacebuilding

UNICEF commissioned American Institutes for Research (AIR) to conduct an evaluation of the Karamoja, Uganda, pilot of the programme Gender Socialization in Schools: Enhancing the transformative power of education for peacebuilding. Supported by UNICEF and the Ugandan Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports, the programme aimed to trial a practical, school-based intervention to demonstrate the peacebuilding potential of positive gender socialization in the conflict-affected Karamoja region of north-eastern Uganda.

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Ottoman History and Peace Education

Ottoman History and Peace Education

ince the dawn of the new millennium, humanity has been confronted with many problems. These include starvation, poverty, racism, ethnic hatred, wars, terrorism, genocide, environmental pollution, illegal immigration, violence, street crimes and intolerance. In order to solve these issues, education can play an important role; it can also render our world both pleasanter and kinder. Moreover, education can help students to develop skills for practical thinking, problem solving and co-operating with each other. Besides encouraging creativity, innovation and communication, peace education can drive students towards a more conscientious, tolerant, peaceful and democratic way of thinking.

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Learning to live together sustainably (SDG4.7): Trends and Progress

Learning to live together sustainably (SDG4.7): Trends and Progress

UNESCO contributes to the measuring of progress towards Target 4.7 of Sustainable Development Goal 4 on Education which focuses on Global Citizenship Education (GCED) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). This webpage publishes regular reports, news, analyses and publications produced by UNESCO and its partners which provide evidence and links to data sets that indicate how the world is progressing towards the achievement of this Target.

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Confronting War: Critical Lessons For Peace Practitioners

Confronting War: Critical Lessons For Peace Practitioners

Confronting War shares key findings and lessons from the field toward improving the effectiveness of peace practice around the world. This is the Reflecting on Peace Practice (RPP) Project’s inaugural book, and incorporates the findings of several RPP case studies relevant to peace education.

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Peace-building Stories – connecting children and young people to peace-building ideas

Peace-building Stories – connecting children and young people to peace-building ideas

Peace-building stories are stories that build hope and peace in hearts and minds and are meant to be shared especially with children. The story themes reflect upon the inherent structural inequalities and rather than perpetuating cynicism, fear or despair they purposefully re-focus attention upon building hope and introduce nonviolent, peaceful processes by offering a simple means for the creation of imaginative, nonviolent, collective solutions. One story, Donald the Drake, has been written in response to the uncertainty about the future of democratic processes within the United States and the consequential impact upon world peace. It focusses attention upon exploring how citizens can bring out the best in their elected leaders in peaceful, nonviolent ways instead of allowing fear to dictate thinking and action.

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Peace Education in Pakistan

Peace Education in Pakistan

Virtually every country in South Asia faces militancy and conflict to some extent. Pakistan has been especially prone. Peace education addresses the root causes of conflict and is thus a sustainable long-term solution in conflict resolution and prevention efforts. This report examines nine representative peace education initiatives in Pakistan to better understand what types of interventions were most effective, the differences and similarities between peace education programs and curricula in schools and madrassas, and what the peacebuilding field can draw from the selected case studies.

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Diversity Book Club - Exploring "Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People"

Diversity Book Club - Exploring "Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People"

Peace educator Susan Gelber Cannon hosts a virtual Diversity Book Club on her blog where she summarizes books and provides classroom applications and resources for teachers interested in building welcoming and inclusive environments in their classrooms and schools. This particular session explores Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, a book of particular relevance to the Global Campaign for Peace Education and International Institute on Peace Education's call for campus teach-ins on identity-based violence.

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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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Positive Leadership Seminar: UPEACE Centre for Executive Education

Positive Leadership Seminar: UPEACE Centre for Executive Education

Want to find or work further with your ‘WHY’ and purpose? Are you ready to better understand your personal talents and signature strengths? Ready to take that next step, reflect on your leadership style and be inspired? Come and join us at a unique place in a magical setting, the UPEACE Campus.  Experience connection, co-creation, learning and global networking with …

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8th International Conference on Human Rights Education

8th International Conference on Human Rights Education

The International Conference on Human Rights Education (ICHRE) is the forum for practitioners, policy-makers and academics to explore innovative education solutions to global challenges. This 3.5-day conference will assemble 300 participants from all over the world for practical workshops and insightful sessions featuring the latest tools, knowledge and good practices in human rights education. CALL FOR WORKSHOP SUBMISSIONS and PAPER PROPOSALS …

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18th Annual Kingian Nonviolence Summer Institute

18th Annual Kingian Nonviolence Summer Institute

The International Nonviolence Summer Institute is an intensive experiential two-week “training of trainers” workshop giving participants a comprehensive introduction to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s philosophy and strategies of nonviolence. The training is useful for people of all ages and backgrounds, including those who experience different levels of violence in their daily lives, and people seeking justice, equality, and human rights through nonviolent …

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Gandhi King Conference 2017 in Memphis

The Gandhi-King Conference 2017: KNOW JUSTICE, KNOW PEACE. Presented by the The Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, The National Civil Rights Museum, Jain Center of Memphis & the Indian Community Fund for Greater Memphis. The Gandhi-King Conference is an annual conference bringing together modern visionaries of nonviolence and social change with community leaders, activists, academics and organizers to train, learn, …

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Sacred Texts and Human Contexts: Women and Gender in Religions

Sacred Texts and Human Contexts: Women and Gender in Religions

    This international symposium will elaborate on how religions have viewed and interpreted their sacred texts throughout their histories with reference to women and gender relations. It will also reveal how experts in religious studies and social studies are reconsidering their religious and spiritual teachings about this very important topic. Some of the issues that presenters will consider exploring are: …

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Action for Kindness Day! All Ages~Participate Where You Are!

Action for Kindness Day! All Ages~Participate Where You Are!

April 26, 2017, is Action for Kindness Day! It is an invitation to ALL to take action for kindness in your community. Kindness is not passive. It includes acting on the empathy we feel, building better relationships with others, being an upstander, working for justice, respecting and celebrating differences, and serving others! Everyone is invited to plan an action (it …

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Classroom Close-Up NJ - The Peace Zone (TV viewing)

Jayne Donato Dempsey created The Peace Zone over 10 years ago, to create an atmosphere of peace, respect, and mutual acceptance. It is an anti-bullying, mindfulness, and brain-based learning program to eliminate bullying and negative behaviors and to foster permanent life skills for a more peaceful society. Classroom Close-up NJ, a half-hour television program that features innovative projects in New Jersey …

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Mahatma Gandhi Summer Institute: Building Peaceful Communities

Mahatma Gandhi Summer Institute: Building Peaceful Communities

The Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta and the Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation for World Peace are pleased to sponsor the Mahatma Gandhi 2017 Summer Institute: Building Peaceful Communities. This institute is coordinated by the Centre for Research for Teacher Education and Development, at the University of Alberta. Although participation in the 2017 Summer Institute is limited to those …

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Break the Silence: A Symposium on the 50th anniversary of MLK's "Beyond Vietnam"

Break the Silence: A Symposium on the 50th anniversary of MLK's "Beyond Vietnam"

Georgetown University's Program on Justice and Peace and Center for Social Justice invite you to an all-day event commemorating the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's speech "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence." What is the role of the University in breaking the silence on what Dr. King described as the “giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism”? …

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2017 Global Solutions Lab

2017 Global Solutions Lab

2017 Global Solutions Lab: Human Rights, Sustainable Development & Design for Eliminating Extreme Poverty by 2030. At Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA and the United Nations, NY. Students and young professionals from around the world are coming to the 2017 Lab. They will be briefed by UN experts (from the UN Development Program, UN Environmental Program, UNESCO, UNICEF, WHO and …

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Knowledge

(Publications & Book Reviews)

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Book review: Understanding peace cultures

Book review: Understanding peace cultures

"Understanding peace cultures," 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 Sandra L. Candel, 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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Earth Charter Pedagogy: Integrating Peace Education and ESD

Earth Charter Pedagogy: Integrating Peace Education and ESD

This short e-book by Sam Crowell introduces how the Earth Charter can be used to create a values-based context for Peace Education and Education for Sustainable Development. It present the basis for an Earth Charter Pedagogy that will be expanded upon in subsequent publications.

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Call for Papers: Special Issue of In Factis Pax on Peace Building in Post-Conflict Contexts

Call for Papers: Special Issue of In Factis Pax on Peace Building in Post-Conflict Contexts

In Factis Pax invites papers for submission on a Special Issue on Peace Building in Post-Conflict Contexts inspired by the ground-breaking developments in Colombia to end the fifty years’ war, and the civil society efforts in peace education and peace building toward transforming society and culture.

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MIT Media Lab Disobedience Award

MIT Media Lab Disobedience Award

The MIT Media Lab is now accepting nominations for the first-ever MIT Media Lab Disobedience Award, which carries a $250,000 cash prize, no strings attached. Submission deadline: May 1, 2017.

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Academic Programme Officer: United Nations University

Academic Programme Officer: United Nations University

Under the supervision of the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability Director, the Academic Programme Officer will manage a set of academic programmes and projects and develop relevant activities in the institute’s three thematic areas: sustainable societies, natural capital and biodiversity, and global change and resilience. Application deadline: March 31, 2017.

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PEACE Grants: Mind and Life Institute

PEACE Grants: Mind and Life Institute

PEACE Grants, a program of the Mind and Life Institute, supports research on novel interdisciplinary approaches for investigating and nurturing wholesome mental qualities related to Prosociality, Empathy, Altruism, Compassion, and Ethics (PEACE).

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Center for Anti-Violence Education seeks Executive Director

Center for Anti-Violence Education seeks Executive Director

The Center for Anti-Violence Education (CAE) is a community based organization that develops and implements comprehensive violence prevention programs for individuals and organizations. Through a combination of education, physical empowerment and leadership development, CAE provides underserved communities throughout the New York metropolitan area with skills to break cycles of violence and to defend themselves against racist, homophobic and misogynist violence. Application deadline: March 31, 2017.

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