Global Campaign for Peace Education - monthly newsletter/digest
---

Dear subscriber,

The June 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. 

And once again, our gentle monthly plea: please help us "spread peace ed" by using the hashtags #SpreadPeaceEd and #PeaceEd, following us on social media, and by sharing and reposting news on your timeline and in your communities.  The Global Campaign is very active on Facebook and Twitter.  

In peace & solidarity,

Tony Jenkins
Coordinator, Global Campaign for Peace Education

---

Featured Article

UN General Assembly President calls on universities to integrate teaching of Sustainable Development Goals

UN General Assembly President calls on universities to integrate teaching of Sustainable Development Goals

 

In November 2016 the President of the General Assembly wrote to Heads of Government of all 193 UN Member States asking them to ensure the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are being taught in schools in their nations.  

His most recent letter is an appeal to Deans of universities and institutions of higher learning asking for their support to make the SDGs an integral part of their research, teaching and studies. 

Please find the full text of the letter below and an original version of the letter here (pdf).  

More information on the Sustainable Development Goals is available here

THE PRESIDENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

19 April 2017

To Deans of Universities and other Higher Education Institutes around the world

Everything I have learned as President of the United Nations General Assembly has convinced me that, taken together with the Paris Climate Agreement, the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda provides humanity with the best chance we have to shape a sustainable way of life for our species upon this planet.

Agreed to by all 193 Member States of the United Nations in September 2015, at the heart of the Agenda are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, Given the unsustainable path that humanity is currently upon, the goals are required to be transformative. They seek to end global poverty, ensure a basic standard of living for all, transition to more sustainable economies, protect our natural environment, and create the conditions required to sustain universal peace.

I have already written to the Heads of Government of all 193 UN Member States, asking them to ensure the Sustainable Development Goals are being taught in the schools of their nations. I am now writing this letter to you and the leaders of many other centres of higher learning around the world to emphasize the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals - their universality, their integrated nature and most importantly the logic behind them.

It goes without saying that young people are the most capable of the transformation required, having the most to gain or lose from the success or failure of the Agenda. I therefore make this sincere request to you to make these Goals an integral part of research, teaching and study at your institutions. If they already are, I salute you; if not, my request has an element of urgency. We have only fourteen more years to implement the Sustainable Development Goals for the good of generations to come.

There are multiple resources of information on the Sustainable Development Goals available online and through the presence of United Nations Offices in your country. I encourage you to make full use of them in pursuit of a universal push to transform the world for the better through the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Thomson

 

Read more.

---

News & Views

(News, Opinion, Activity Reports)

---
Malawi UN Ambassador hosts panel discussion on the implementation of peace education

Malawi UN Ambassador hosts panel discussion on the implementation of peace education

The Ambasador said the panel was aimed at “establishing Peace through Peace Education and Media on Conflict Awareness and Prevention: Spreading a Culture of Peace.”

Read more...

Peace Entrepreneurship: Working with Students at Sandy Spring Friends School

Peace Entrepreneurship: Working with Students at Sandy Spring Friends School

A Youth Peace Conference was held at Sandy Spring Friends School in Sandy Spring, MD. The conference brought together students from the school and neighboring schools to focus on the “Intersectionality of ‘Isms.'” “Peace Entrepreneurship” was amongst the workshops offered.

Read more...

Association of Educators for World Peace holds meeting

Association of Educators for World Peace holds meeting

International Association of Educators for World Peace (IAEWP) Pakistan held its first meeting at Islamabad Club under the Chairmanship of Dr. N. M Larik, chancellor of IAEWP for Pakistan.

Read more...

Int'l community comes together in Azerbaijan for peace, sustainable development

Int'l community comes together in Azerbaijan for peace, sustainable development

The World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue in Baku provided a unique platform to share experiences and vision for the promotion and building of peace, ensuring human security, peace and sustainable development. Education for peace was highlighted amongst approaches explored.

Read more...

In Kirkuk, teamwork builds tolerance

In Kirkuk, teamwork builds tolerance

UNICEF has been responding to friction and shortages in Kirkuk by establishing a programme to foster peace and tolerance, starting in schools. “It’s essential that education provision is equitable and that schools are conflict-sensitive so that they can promote peace,” says Kelsey Shanks, a consultant with UNICEF.

Read more...

500 Global Students to Hold Peace March near DMZ

500 Global Students to Hold Peace March near DMZ

About 500 students from around the world plan to hold a peace march near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas.
The activity is part of the 2017 world peace education festival from May 27th to 31st that will be attended by high school students as well as teachers from seven countries including Japan, China, Russia and Indonesia.

Read more...

How young people can break the cycle of violence

How young people can break the cycle of violence

Forest Whitaker says when easily broken truces regularly alternate with episodes of violence from armed conflicts, we can speak neither of true peace nor of real change.

Read more...

Japan contributes additional US$16.7 million to stabilization in Iraq: funds support peace education

Japan contributes additional US$16.7 million to stabilization in Iraq: funds support peace education

Part of the funding will go to the Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme (ICRRP) and will be used for community reconciliation and peace education amongst different ethnic and religious groups.

Read more...

FreshEd interview with Monisha Bajaj on Human Rights Education

FreshEd interview with Monisha Bajaj on Human Rights Education

FreshEd with Will Brehm is a weekly podcast that makes complex ideas in educational research easily understood. This episode features a conversation with Monisha Bajaj on the origins of human rights education, its diverse range of practices, and the ways it has changed over time.

Read more...

Syria: Imagine another way

Syria: Imagine another way

What could have been done to prevent the worst atrocities happening in Syria? A new animated explainer briefly explores the role a Department of Peace could have played. We don't propose to have the final answers, but we do hope to spark creative thinking.

Read more...

How Dogs are Helping Children Read and Bring Peace to the Classroom

How Dogs are Helping Children Read and Bring Peace to the Classroom

In schools all over the world, children with learning difficulties such as reading aloud, are finding not only solace, but firm loving support from dogs. Reading dogs are providing a stable sense of love and comfort without judgement, so children can practice reading and fix any mistakes they make without having to fear their peers.

Read more...

A Model for Engaging Students in Nonviolent Action: Diversity, Oppression, Nonviolence, and Engagement

A Model for Engaging Students in Nonviolent Action: Diversity, Oppression, Nonviolence, and Engagement

The City of Rockville (MD) Human Rights Commission’s annual Diversity Leadership Workshop was held on Saturday, April 29. In the past, the program had focused on diversity leadership. However, this year at the request of students, the focus was on looking at the role of engagement and activism and retitled “Leadership for Action.”

Read more...

Cultivating Peace: A Student Research Symposium, Virginia Tech

Cultivating Peace: A Student Research Symposium, Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech’s Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention hosted “Cultivating Peace: A Student Research Symposium on Violence Prevention” from April 20-21 at the Hotel Roanoke in Roanoke, VA. Nearly 20 students presented their work.

Read more...

How One School Turns Elementary Students Into Global Citizens

How One School Turns Elementary Students Into Global Citizens

Today, teaching global competency hardly seems novel. In fact, in a rapidly changing political and environmental landscape, focusing on the development of global competency seems urgent. The ability to imagine other perspectives and recognize one's own point of view is essential to understanding the current complexities related to immigration, environmental challenges, and racial and religious tensions at home and abroad. Additionally, studying any environmental, political, economic, or social system without recognizing its global interdependence seems limited.

Read more...

Lanzamiento Premio Compartir 'Educación para la Paz'

Lanzamiento Premio Compartir 'Educación para la Paz'

Desde hace más de 50 años, maestros y rectores colombianos construyen paz en las aulas, en las escuelas y en las comunidades. Como reconocimiento a su labor, a partir de 2018, se otorgará el Premio Compartir ‘Educación para la PAZ’, un galardón dirigido a aquellos líderes que desde su trabajo formativo contribuyen a generar ambientes democráticos y a la construcción de proyectos de vida de niños y jóvenes.

Read more...

Ending the Cycle of Abuse Through Human Rights Education in Ivory Coast: Ali Ouattara

Ending the Cycle of Abuse Through Human Rights Education in Ivory Coast: Ali Ouattara

Ali Ouattara's work as an activist began while he was a high school student in the 1970s. During his time at Amnesty International – Ivory Coast, he has developed a real passion for public awareness of the issues of justice and human rights. “Human rights education is essential in society. Inculcating the culture of human rights from early childhood allows individuals to forge respect for justice and the lives of others." Ali serves as president of the Ivorian Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICPI).

Read more...

Identifying strategies and solidifying regional action for Global Citizenship Education

Identifying strategies and solidifying regional action for Global Citizenship Education

The 2017 Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Global Citizenship Education (GCED) Network Meeting under the theme ‘’Identifying Strategies and Solidifying Regional Action for GCED’’ was held April 6-7 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Co-organized by the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa and the Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding, the meeting had three objectives: (1) to strengthen delivery mechanisms of GCED programmes towards improving impact and ensuring inclusive participation; (2) to improve the scope and outreach of GCED programmes within the region; and (3) to catalyze political engagement and leadership to ensure commitment of stakeholders.

Read more...

Rwanda: Why Genocide Ideology Studies Are Key in Peace Building

The 2010 Education for All Global Monitoring Report revealed that the history taught at both primary and secondary levels propagated a version of the past based largely on colonial stereotypes and interpretations of Rwandan history, which supported the political ideology during that period and established fertile ground for conflict and genocide. What is taught to students has a lifelong impact on them and determines, to a large extent, their perception of life and their future decisions. This is precisely what informed the introduction of integrated genocide ideology studies so that a new generation of 'clean minds' is molded in the quest for a genocide ideology-free Rwanda.

Read more...

Playing for sustainability: How games can transform the world

The ambition and the complexity of development challenges and a clear mechanism for a development agency in contributing to SDGs are vital to its implementation. The international community needs to agree on major elements to achieve the goals, one of which is technology.

Read more...

---

Action Alerts

---
Apply to become a "Young Champion of the Earth"

Apply to become a "Young Champion of the Earth"

Young Champions of the Earth, a program of The United Nations Environment Programme and Covestro, is a forward-looking prize designed to breathe life into the ambitions of brilliant young environmentalists. Each year, six young people – one from each global region – will be named Young Champions of the Earth. These winners receive seed funding, intensive training, and tailored mentorship to help them bring their big environmental ideas to life. Application deadline: June 18, 2017.

Read more.

Survey on Peace Education Impacts

Survey on Peace Education Impacts

The Global Campaign for Peace Education is seeking your input on peace education impacts. What specific sources would you recommend that clearly and effectively demonstrate peace education impacts - from the local to the global?

Read more.

---

Resources

(Curricula, Research, Policy)

---
Reforming Education Reform in Myanmar

Reforming Education Reform in Myanmar

Educating children and young people as agents of positive social change is of vital importance in Myanmar, especially during this critical period. The new education policies in the country should not only be linked to concerns about learning and cognition in schools but also to internal conflicts. Their potential to aggravate or ameliorate conflicts also needs to be thoroughly analysed.

Read more...

The success of post-conflict peace studies rests with teaching teachers

The success of post-conflict peace studies rests with teaching teachers

In recent years, it has become common practice within post-conflict countries to introduce peace education or human rights courses into the school curricula. Unfortunately teachers in post-conflict situations may carry deep psychological scars and prejudices. Unless they are given the necessary support to deal with these issues they are unlikely to be effective in implementing a peace education course.

Read more...

Resistance School

Resistance School

Aa group of progressive graduate students at Harvard came together in response to the election of Donald Trump, with a desire to help transform our country to better reflect their shared values. They came up with Resistance School: a free, online, four-week practical training program that will sharpen the tools needed to fight back at the federal, state, and local levels.

Read more...

Curriculum resource kit: education for safety, resilience and social cohesion

Curriculum resource kit: education for safety, resilience and social cohesion

This curriculum resource kit, developed by the International Institute for Educational Planning, provides practical tools, strategies and guidance on addressing safety, resilience and social cohesion in curriculum design, review and implementation, including for curriculum, textbooks, and teacher trainers.

Read more...

Measuring global citizenship education: A collection of practices and tools

Measuring global citizenship education: A collection of practices and tools

This toolkit is the result of the collective efforts of the Global Citizenship Education Working Group (GCED-WG), a collegium of 90 organizations and experts co-convened by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Center for Universal Education (CUE) at the Brookings Institution, and the United Nations Secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative’s Youth Advocacy Group (GEFI-YAG).

Read more...

Education about the Holocaust and preventing genocide: a policy guide (UNESCO)

Education about the Holocaust and preventing genocide: a policy guide (UNESCO)

To play a role in shaping the future, young people must have a better understanding of the past. The Holocaust was a watershed event in relatively recent history whose legacies still shape our world and whose lessons are relevant to the challenges we face today.

Read more...

Films for Teaching Peace: A New Resource from PJSA

Films for Teaching Peace: A New Resource from PJSA

The Peace and Justice Studies Association is pleased to announce a new resource available to both members and nonmembers: a list for teaching peace through film.

Read more...

8 Empowering Middle Grade Novels for Kids Interested in Social Justice

8 Empowering Middle Grade Novels for Kids Interested in Social Justice

For generations, young people all over the world have taken an interest in social justice and found the courage to fight for their own rights and the rights of others. Here are eight inspiring middle grade books that prove you’re never too young to stand up for what you believe in and make a difference.

Read more...

School for Stability: Examining the role of education in fostering social stability in Lebanon

School for Stability: Examining the role of education in fostering social stability in Lebanon

This report by International Alert explores education opportunities in Lebanon in light of the protracted Syria crisis, examining their potential in supporting social stability between host and refugee communities.

Read more...

Odisha government (India) to introduce human rights education in school curriculum

The Odisha government has decided to introduce human rights education in school curriculum. The subject will be launched in text books of class VI to X.

Read more...

Integrated Peace Education: A New Approach to Addressing Bullying

Integrated Peace Education: A New Approach to Addressing Bullying

In this brief, Vishnu Kannan of the Roosevelt Institute argues that to address school bullying, the Michigan State Board of Education should require public high schools to offer an alternative to the ninth-grade world history requirement that analyzes theories and applications of nonviolence and various causes of conflict, in order to provide students with the skills to mediate conflict in their daily lives.

Read more...

UN Library at Geneva resource guide dedicated to peace

UN Library at Geneva resource guide dedicated to peace

As Geneva has played and still plays an important role in the struggle for peace, the Library gathered its extensive resources on the theme in a unique tool to make them easily available to all. The resource guide includes a collection UN documents and organs, treaties, books and articles, journals and videos.

Read more...

---

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!

---
Democracy Convention: Peace & Democracy Conference

Democracy Convention: Peace & Democracy Conference

If you want to strengthen democracy where it matters most ... in our communities, our schools, our workplaces and local economies, our military, our government, our media, our constitution ... you will find something inspiring in Minneapolis, Minnesota this August 2-6, 2017. Join us at the third Democracy Convention. More than one conference, the Democracy Convention houses many conferences under …

Read more...

Coastal Hope: Field Training Exercise for Complex Emergencies

The exercise scenario is premised on participants acting as members of a humanitarian NGO that is deployed to offer humanitarian assistance and assist a population in conflict after a Category 4 hurricane. Coastal Hope recreates the challenges and conditions professionals encounter in complex emergencies characterized by conflict, disaster, and humanitarian need. During the exercise, participants will engage in intensive negotiations, …

Read more...

Towards an Inclusive Peace Forum

Towards an Inclusive Peace Forum

Towards an Inclusive Peace Forum in Caux, Switzerland from 23-26 July 2017. Isolation, fear and misunderstanding create a fertile ground for extremist views and discourses to take root, often leading to different levels of violence. Experience has shown that by reaching out, these dangerous extremist narratives can be challenged and eventually shifted towards peaceful coexistence. This event will enable influential …

Read more...

Online Course: Strengthening Civilian Capacities to Protect Civilians

This is an exciting online course on Unarmed Civilian Protection (UCP) taught by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and Nonviolent Peaceforce. Students wishing to take this course for college credit would enroll in the course through Merrimack College. What is Unarmed Civilian Protection? Unarmed Civilian Protection (UCP) is the practice of civilians protecting civilians in situations …

Read more...

12th Summer School in Cinema Human Rights and Advocacy

12th Summer School in Cinema Human Rights and Advocacy

The Summer School in Cinema Human Rights and Advocacy is a training initiative jointly organised by EIUC and CHRA. The 7-day intense programme is aimed at young professionals wishing to broaden their understanding on the connections between human rights, films, digital media and video advocacy. The School provides a unique occasion for participants to share ideas and foster critical thinking …

Read more...

5th Annual National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar

5th Annual National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar

Join the 5th Annual National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar October 20-23, 2017.  Faculty, both full and part time, as well as professionals working with or interested in working with community colleges are encouraged to attend.  Anticipated visits include the U.S. Institute of Peace, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and sites on the National Mall.

Read more...

Higher Education in Emergencies – Universities as Humanitarians

Higher Education in Emergencies – Universities as Humanitarians

Globally, over 65 million people have been forcibly displaced, 21.3 million are refugees, and less than 1% of eligible refugee youth are accessing higher education. And yet, education is repeatedly mentioned by refugees as a top protection priority, particularly by refugee youth who request higher education opportunities that can lead to livelihoods. Some universities are now joining traditional humanitarian actors, …

Read more...

---

Knowledge

(Publications & Book Reviews)

---
Call for Papers for Special Issue of Peace Review: Teaching Peace and War

Call for Papers for Special Issue of Peace Review: Teaching Peace and War

"Peace Review" invites essays for a special issue on Teaching Peace and War. In this special issue we wish to examine the practices of teaching about peace and war in an atmosphere characterized by too much of one and not enough of the other.

Read more...

---

Jobs & Funding

(Job Postings & Funding Opportunities)

---
---

Follow us on Facebook & Twitter!

---

The Global Campaign Depends on Readers for Support

Donate Today!