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

The July 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.  

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

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News & Views

(News, Opinion, Activity Reports)

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Experts call for new approach to South Sudan's peace process

Experts call for new approach to South Sudan's peace process

Category: News & Highlights

Experts have called on the international community to change their mediation strategy in war-torn South Sudan and adapt a new approach. Some called for enhancement of peace education, constitutional democratic leadership and knowledge mobilization to transform citizen's relationships and attitudes to avoid and discourage use of violence to solve grievances.

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Transforming Lives of Refugee Children in Cameroon

Transforming Lives of Refugee Children in Cameroon

Category: News & Highlights

In 2016, Jesuit Refugee Service implemented a project that promotes access to quality primary education for refugee children aged 6-13 in the villages in Eastern Cameroon of Boubara and Kadey. The program helps promote peaceful coexistence between the host community and the refugees through a reading course, focused on peace education, rights of children, and inter-religious dialogue.

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Announcing the Compartir Peace Education Prize - Colombia

Announcing the Compartir Peace Education Prize - Colombia

Category: News & Highlights

The Compartir Foundation will award a new Peace Education Prize that recognizes, promotes and makes visible in Colombia educational projects, teachers and principals, who are also transforming leaders using active pedagogical strategies - participatory, inclusive and meaningful practices - that promote attitudes, beliefs and practices consistent with cultures of peace, especially in contexts where exclusion, aggression and violence practices have been common.

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Peace poetry: a burgeoning movement in Pakistan’s KP province

Peace poetry: a burgeoning movement in Pakistan’s KP province

Category: News & Highlights

Adnan Bangash, an avid reader of peace poetry, says the promotion of peaceful literature is the best way to guide people in the current chaotic circumstances in which the country finds itself. “Our land is combusting in the flames of war,” he says. “By spreading peace education, we can support society to turn away from conflict.”

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‘Introduce peace, conflict resolution in education curriculum’ - Zambia

‘Introduce peace, conflict resolution in education curriculum’ - Zambia

Category: News & Highlights, Policy

Zambia member of Parliament (MP) Mwansa Mbulakulima (PF) has called for the introduction of peace and conflict resolution in the education curriculum.

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New UN Resolution on the Right to Education adopted

New UN Resolution on the Right to Education adopted

Category: News & Highlights, Policy

The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a new Resolution on the right to education within the framework of its 35th session, which stresses UNESCO’s lead role for Sustainable Development Goal 4

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Education essential for peace, progress in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Education essential for peace, progress in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Category: News & Highlights

Two organizations, Karwan Tanzeem, based in Peshawar, and the British Pashtoon Association (BPA), based in the UK, are joining forces to raise the education level, create awareness among youth, and steer them away from militancy, violence and extremism.

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Making Africa’s schools safe in the midst of war

Making Africa’s schools safe in the midst of war

Category: News & Highlights

The governments of 14 countries have endorsed the Safe Schools Declaration, an inter-governmental political commitment to take concrete measures to protect students, teachers, schools, and universities from attack during times of armed conflict.

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Critical Next Steps in Enhancing Women's Equality and Empowerment

Critical Next Steps in Enhancing Women's Equality and Empowerment

Category: News & Highlights

Enhancing women's equality is fundamental to the possibility of peace and is an essential realm of inquiry and action for peace education.  Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury highlights significant historical developments, disappointments and possibilities for transformative change in support of gender equality that is essential for the possibility of sustainable peace.

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President of Ghana: Don’t rely on World Bank on education funding choices

President of Ghana: Don’t rely on World Bank on education funding choices

Category: News & Highlights

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has challenged African governments not to rely on the World Bank and other institutions to decide on the choices they have to make concerning policies and the funding of education on the continent. “We should not get into arguments with foreign agencies about our priorities. We must set our own priorities and we must accept that we must provide the funds to translate our plans into reality,” he said. 

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Anticipatory Education: A Peace Linguist's View

Anticipatory Education: A Peace Linguist's View

Category: News & Highlights

"Anticipatory Education: A Peace Linguist's View" is a poetic plea by Francisco Gomes de Matos, a Peace linguist, co-founder of ABA Global Education, Recife,Brazil.

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Conference on the role of Kashmiri women: “Educating Women for Peace and Democracy – a South Asian Perspective”

Conference on the role of Kashmiri women: “Educating Women for Peace and Democracy – a South Asian Perspective”

Category: Activity Reports

A two-day international conference on the role of Kashmiri women titled “Educating Women for Peace and Democracy – a South Asian Perspective” was held from May 10 to 11 at European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium.

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Evens Prize for Peace Education 2017 Awarded to New-Bridge Integrated College

Evens Prize for Peace Education 2017 Awarded to New-Bridge Integrated College

Category: News & Highlights

New-Bridge Integrated College in Loughbrickland, Northern Ireland, is the laureate of the Evens Prize for Peace Education 2017. For this year’s biennial European prize, the Evens Foundation looked for strategies implemented in secondary schools for dealing with ‘hot topics’ in a constructive way.

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Peacebuilding Leadership Gather for “Innovating in Challenging Times” at Point of View

Peacebuilding Leadership Gather for “Innovating in Challenging Times” at Point of View

Category: Activity Reports

Nearly 50 practitioners, activists, educators, trainers, funders, and researchers in the peacebuilding field gathered at George Mason University's Point of View Retreat Center to explore “Innovating in Challenging Times: Building an Infrastructure for Supporting Peace.” The aim of the gathering was to identify knowledge, resources, and innovation opportunities to advance solutions that address current and future challenges, taking a proactive approach to peacebuilding.

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'Imagine' project kicks off (Cyprus)

'Imagine' project kicks off (Cyprus)

Category: Activity Reports, News & Highlights

The pilot application of the joint education project IMAGINE was successfully completed on June 2, 2017. The pilot, supported by the United Nations, took place in May with the participation of 160 primary school children ages 9-12, coming from 4 Turkish Cypriot and 4 Greek Cypriot schools.

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400 Students & Teachers Participate in Pyeongchang Peace Education Festival

400 Students & Teachers Participate in Pyeongchang Peace Education Festival

Category: Activity Reports

As part of the build-up to the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018, the last week of May 2017 saw the launch of the Peace Education Festival. This five-day event, on 27-31 May, has been jointly organized by the Pyeongchang 2018 Organizing Committee (POCOG) and the Gangwon Provincial Office of Education (GPOE).

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The Genocide Archive of Rwanda Opens

The Genocide Archive of Rwanda Opens

Category: News & Highlights, Research

The Genocide Archive of Rwanda has so far uploaded and digitized about 8,000 information items-related to 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, including confessions by perpetrators. Chief Justice Sam Rugege believes that the facility will be an important tool for students, teachers and researchers to easily access history about Rwanda and specifically the Genocide.

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Role of Peace Education in a Secular Society, The Gambia Experience

Role of Peace Education in a Secular Society, The Gambia Experience

Category: Activity Reports

The Peace Reconciliation and Conflict Resolution Foundation of Gambia organized a day-long orientation and sensitization workshop for new members on the theme the “Role of Peace Education in a Secular Society, The Gambia Experience.”

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Tackling Boko Haram With Peace Education (Nigeria)

Tackling Boko Haram With Peace Education (Nigeria)

Category: News & Highlights, Policy

The Government of Plateau has introduced peace education in primary and secondary schools to forestall the resurgence of Boko Haram and tackle the menace of radicalism among children and youths.

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Action Alerts

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How Do Peace Educators Deal With Culture?

How Do Peace Educators Deal With Culture?

How do you cope with the challenges and avail yourself of the opportunities of multicultural work environments? As part of a graduate project, the Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI) at University of Tampere, Finland, is investigating peace educators' and peace workers' views on the role of culture in their teaching and training practices.

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Call for Submissions: Happy Schools Video Contest

Call for Submissions: Happy Schools Video Contest

As part of UNESCO Bangkok’s Happy Schools Project, this video contest seeks to capture actions, moments and ideas that showcase and promote happiness in schools and learner well-being. The competition is open to people of all ages residing in the Asia-Pacific region. Application deadline: June 30.

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Resources

(Curricula, Research, Policy)

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Speak Truth To Power "Defenders Curriculum"

Speak Truth To Power "Defenders Curriculum"

Category: Curricula

Using the stories of human rights defenders in an innovative, flexible manner, Speak Truth To Power’s lessons are designed to fit any subject, teaching students that they, too, can learn to self-identify as a human rights defender and  have a role to play in the global fight for justice.

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Human Rights in National Security: An Educators Toolkit - Amnesty International

Human Rights in National Security: An Educators Toolkit - Amnesty International

Category: Curricula

This toolkit by Amnesty International provides educators with lesson plans and resources to address such issues as drone strikes, global war, indefinite detention, torture, surveillance and discrimination in the classroom, and to empower students to assess the developments through a human rights lens.

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Georgian schools to teach gender equality in curriculum

Georgian schools to teach gender equality in curriculum

Category: Policy

Human rights, gender equality, healthy living and reproductive health will soon be an integral part of the Georgian school curriculum.

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World poverty could be cut in half if all adults completed secondary education

World poverty could be cut in half if all adults completed secondary education

Category: Policy

ew UNESCO policy paper shows that the global poverty rate could be more than halved if all adults completed secondary school. Yet, new data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) show persistently high out-of-school rates in many countries, making it likely that completion levels in education will remain well below that target for generations to come.

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More efforts are needed to mainstream values like tolerance and the appreciation of cultural diversity within National Education Policies

More efforts are needed to mainstream values like tolerance and the appreciation of cultural diversity within National Education Policies

Category: Policy, Research

An analysis of different themes and concepts associated with Global Citizenship Education (GCED) reveals that within the main topics associated with GCED, appreciation of cultural diversity and tolerance are less likely to be reflected in national education policies, curriculum and teacher education.

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ICNC Publishes Special Report on Peacebuilding and Civil Resistance

ICNC Publishes Special Report on Peacebuilding and Civil Resistance

Category: Publications, Research

The report by ICNC describes how civil resistance and peacebuilding can work in tandem throughout four stages of transformation of asymmetric conflicts. The conclusion highlights takeaways for researchers, nonviolent activists and educators, peacebuilding practitioners and international agencies seeking to support constructive, effective conflict transformation.

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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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Building Peace with Youth in Conflict


A conference bridging the gap between scholars, practitioners, social entrepreneurs & religious communities to develop effectiveness in peace building presented by George Mason University's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, the Dialogue & Difference Project, and NGO ForgottenSong. Conference Topics  This year's theme is Building Peace with Youth in Conflict. NGO, Academic and Social Entrepreneurship presentations will be categorized based on …

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Build Peace 2017 – Making Paper Count: New Forms Of Citizen Participation In Peace Agreements


Build Peace is a conference that brings together practitioners, activists, artists and technologists from around the world to share experience and ideas on using technology, arts and research for peacebuilding and conflict transformation. This year's conference, held in Bogota, Colombia (December 4-6) will focus on new forms of citizen participation in peace agreements. For details see: www.howtobuildpeace.org

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Online Certificate Course in Human Rights and Social Justice Training


The Human Rights and Social Justice course is designed to promote a critical understanding of the human rights discourse. The course covers modern human rights institutions and how these work for state and non-state actors. The course also explores the political, historical and philosophical development of ideas about human rights and social justice which underpin current systems. In recognition of …

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Knowledge

(Publications & Book Reviews)

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Jobs & Funding

(Job Postings & Funding Opportunities)

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Fellow, Quaker United Nations Office

Fellow, Quaker United Nations Office

Category: Jobs

 Visit the AFSC job site for more information and to apply Application deadline: July 18, 2017 Quaker United Nations Office – New York (QUNO) “QUNO’s mission is to help the United Nations fully carry out its responsibility to prevent violent conflict and build sustainable peace around the world. We work with diplomats, UN officials and civil society groups to change …

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Program Director, Children in Armed Conflict Program - Conflict Dynamics International

Program Director, Children in Armed Conflict Program - Conflict Dynamics International

Category: Jobs

Conflict Dynamics International seeks an exceptional, highly-motivated and experienced Program Director to head its well-established Children in Armed Conflict Program. Application deadline: July 1.

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