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

The August 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.  As always, we welcome content submissions from our readers.  If you have an event, news or research you'd like to share with the Global Campaign community please submit your content using our online form

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In peace & solidarity,

Tony Jenkins
Coordinator, Global Campaign for Peace Education

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News & Views

(News, Opinion, Activity Reports)

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Fostering Humanitarianism with American Young People

Fostering Humanitarianism with American Young People

Category: News & Highlights

As our world becomes more impacted not only by conflict, but by natural disasters that cause environments to be uninhabitable (consider the potential impact of climate change), our most urgent task is to prepare professionals for the work to come. And this includes youth.

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Gambian youth engage in the promotion of peace, sustainable development and Global Citizenship

Gambian youth engage in the promotion of peace, sustainable development and Global Citizenship

Category: Activity Reports

From 3 to 8 July 2017, the Gambian National Commission for UNESCO gathered more than 200 young people from all regions of the country and their teachers, for a weeklong training where participants adopted a Declaration calling youth organizations and national authorities for actions in favour of the integration of Global Citizenship Education and Education for Sustainable Education into the education system.

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Peace Heroes: Bushra Qadeem Hyder on Fighting Extremism with Education in Pakistan

Peace Heroes: Bushra Qadeem Hyder on Fighting Extremism with Education in Pakistan

Category: News & Highlights

Hyder is a pioneer in education—not only bringing the principles of peace education into her own school, but also integrating a comprehensive peace curriculum throughout an entire school system. Through Hyder’s peace education, pupils are exposed to the religious and cultural teachings of other communities, promoting understanding and acceptance.

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The peace builders of Northern Kenya; Successful research led model spreads to other African nations

The peace builders of Northern Kenya; Successful research led model spreads to other African nations

Category: News & Highlights

Founded in aftermath of 2007-08's national post-election violence, Kenya's Shalom Centre pioneers successful, research-led formula for preventing conflict between rival groups that includes conducting peace education in primary and secondary schools.

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Iraqi youth work to build culture of peace

Iraqi youth work to build culture of peace

Category: News & Highlights

A youth project in Iraq brings together Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding and the Iraqi al-Amal Association in a multi-phase project that focuses on youth and academics to build a culture of peace in the country.

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Peace Clubs: Rwanda's post-genocide search for renewal

Peace Clubs: Rwanda's post-genocide search for renewal

Category: News & Highlights

(Al Jazeera) As perpetrators of the genocide seek forgiveness from survivors, those born in its aftermath seek to learn the truth.

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Luxembourg Peace Prize 2017 honors Outstanding Peace Education efforts of UWC

Luxembourg Peace Prize 2017 honors Outstanding Peace Education efforts of UWC

Category: News & Highlights

Peace activists from around the world were awarded at the sixth annual Luxembourg Peace Prize on June 30 in Luxembourg. The Outstanding Peace Education award was granted to United World Colleges for their educational movement with the mission “to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.”

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Building Resilience to Genocide through Peace Education: Concepts, Methods, Tools and Impact

Building Resilience to Genocide through Peace Education: Concepts, Methods, Tools and Impact

Category: Activity Reports, Research

A three-day Colloquium in Kigali in February brought together academics and practitioners in and around the field of peace education to share concepts, methods and means of measuring impact, contributing to a stronger evidence base for the effectiveness of peace education. 

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Educators learn how restorative justice can shift discipline from punishment to transformation at two-day ‘academy’

Educators learn how restorative justice can shift discipline from punishment to transformation at two-day ‘academy’

Category: Activity Reports

The EMU hosted academy seeks to provide the educational community with principals and practices to create just and equitable learning environments that foster healthy relationships and transform conflict.

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Senator calls for Teaching Human Rights in Schools (Philippines)

Senator calls for Teaching Human Rights in Schools (Philippines)

Category: News & Highlights

Senator Leila M. de Lima has filed a bill seeking to teach students in the basic and higher education levels about basic human rights principles, especially the respect for human dignity and life of individuals.

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The militarisation of society: Education for war in Czech Schools

The militarisation of society: Education for war in Czech Schools

Category: News & Highlights

In the Czech Republic, since 2013 there has been a Ministry of Defence programme known as POKOS: “Preparing citizens to defend the state”. The main interest of the program is to publicize the activities of the Army.

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Is a peace scholarship worth pursuing?

Is a peace scholarship worth pursuing?

Category: News & Highlights

(Dhruti Shah for the BBC) In 1948, peacemaker Gladys Muir established what is believed to be the world's first undergraduate programme in peace studies, at Manchester College, in Indiana, in the US. Peace and conflict study courses are on offer at universities and educational centres around the world.

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Education, a Building Block for Sustainable Peace

Education, a Building Block for Sustainable Peace

Category: News & Highlights

Sustainable Development Goal #4 seeks to provide inclusive, equitable, and quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all -
but after 2 years of pursuing this goal the question of ‘how’ still remains. The UN convened a high-level meeting to help answer this question. “Access to quality education is not only a goal in itself, but a fundamental building block of creating a better world of sustainable peace, prosperity, and development,” said current General Assembly President Peter Thomson during the opening segment.

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Can a Tech Start-Up Successfully Educate Children in the Developing World?

Can a Tech Start-Up Successfully Educate Children in the Developing World?

Category: News & Highlights

Bridge International Academies — a chain of inexpensive private schools — has ambitious plans to revolutionize education for poor children. But can its for-profit model work in some of the most impoverished places on Earth? Peg Tyre's report for the New York Times Magazine examines positive and negative impacts of the model.

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Peace Elitism

Peace Elitism

Category: Opinion

How can we consider peace so that all Americans recognize that their welfare and prosperity are tied to it? How can peace be democratized in a way that people of all economic, ethnic, and social backgrounds can embrace its aims? Why must peace be something that West Coast Prius owners embrace, but West Virginia coal miners do not? Peace has an elitism problem.

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Connecting to the Global Goals through Experiential Learning

Connecting to the Global Goals through Experiential Learning

Category: News & Highlights

We must be committed to offering a wide-range of initiatives to enable our students to become globally proficient, so they may successfully fulfill their roles as Global Citizens with an appreciation of our common humanity. We must aim to foster habits of mind, and a sense of global responsibility. This includes stepping out of traditional learning zones and comfort zones, to build skills necessary for cultural empathy, interaction, and future cross collaboration. ​

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We just banned nuclear weapons!

We just banned nuclear weapons!

Category: News & Highlights

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which was adopted today in Conference Room 1 at the United Nations by an overwhelming 122-1 vote, makes a compelling case for the stigmatization and elimination of nuclear weapons.

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Children are exhorted to intervene in Conflict situations (Nagaland, India)

Children are exhorted to intervene in Conflict situations (Nagaland, India)

Category: Activity Reports

Peace Channel organized a day programme at Trinity High School, Thahekhu Village Dimapur on the 6th May 2017. The purpose of the training was to capacitate the students to learn how to intervene in conflict situations in their own way in family, community and institutional conflicts when it happens.

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Action Alerts

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Call for nominations: 2017 El-Hibri Peace Education Prize

Call for nominations: 2017 El-Hibri Peace Education Prize

The El-Hibri Foundation awards an annual $30,000 Peace Education Prize to individuals who have dedicated their lives to making outstanding contributions and demonstrating long-term leadership in building inclusive and socially just communities in the United States. Nominations are due July 23.

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Resources

(Curricula, Research, Policy)

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Young People’s Participation in Peacebuilding: A Practice Note

Young People’s Participation in Peacebuilding: A Practice Note

Category: Publications, Research

The primary objective of this Practice Note, developed by the Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development Working Group on Youth and Peacebuilding, is to inform policymakers and donors of key strategic and programming considerations for supporting young people’s participation to peacebuilding.

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7 Ways to Calm a Young Brain in Trauma

7 Ways to Calm a Young Brain in Trauma

Category: Research

How can we help elementary students who have been scarred by tragedy become more receptive to learning?

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Virtual Immersion Training For Peacebuilders: “Mission Zhobia – Winning The Peace”

Virtual Immersion Training For Peacebuilders: “Mission Zhobia – Winning The Peace”

Category: Curricula

Imagine peacebuilding practitioners immersed in a virtual scenario where they hone skills in critical areas of peacebuilding. What if these professionals could learn by doing in a safe environment where failure had no real-life consequences? Thanks to a new online game called, Mission Zhobia: Winning the Peace, the idea is more than a dream. It’s a reality.

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New research: student well-being higher in diverse schools

New research: student well-being higher in diverse schools

Category: Research

A study by University of California Los Angeles researchers published in the journal Child Development finds that students who attend more racially and ethnically diverse schools report less vulnerability, loneliness, insecurity and bullying.

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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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No War 2017: War and the Environment

No War 2017: War and the Environment


No War 2017: War and the Environment will take place September 22-24 at American University in Washington DC.  The conference will focus on activism, including activist planning workshops, addressing how the antiwar and environmental movements can work together.    Visit the conference website for details.

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UNESCO/MGEIP - TECH Conference (Transforming Education Conference for Humanity)

UNESCO/MGEIP - TECH Conference (Transforming Education Conference for Humanity)


UNESCO MGIEP’s international edtech conference, December 16-18, 2017, will explore the theme of "Digital Pedagogies for peaceful and sustainable societies." The conference is supported by the Government of India and intends to bring together for the first time in the region over 1,200 experts from across the globe that include educators and teachers, education researchers, neuroscientists, edtech specialists, policy makers, learners, …

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1st International Youth Summit: "The Role of Youth in achieving Peace, Education and Sustainable Development’’

1st International Youth Summit: "The Role of Youth in achieving Peace, Education and Sustainable Development’’


Applications are open for 1st International Youth Summit Lahore 2017 that aims to be a reset with youth-based events in one key fundamental aspect: attitude! Youth events, worldwide, have become a stage for the youth to complaint about its non-inclusive status (not children and not adults) and to reinforce a certain sense of social alienation and of being special. We are all special because …

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Utøya Training Course on Counter and Alternative Narratives to Hate Speech

Utøya Training Course on Counter and Alternative Narratives to Hate Speech


The ‘Training course on Counter and Alternative Narratives to hate Speech’ develops the competences of youth workers, youth leaders and educators to use the manual We CAN!  with young people. It is organised on 16-20 October 2017 at Utoya island, Norway, by the European Wergeland Centre and Youth Department of the Council of Europe in cooperation with the Utoya memorial and learning centre, Hegnhuset and the support of the EEA/Norway …

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Knowledge

(Publications & Book Reviews)

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New Book: "Honor, Humiliation, and Terror An Explosive Mix – And How We Can Defuse It with Dignity"

New Book: "Honor, Humiliation, and Terror An Explosive Mix – And How We Can Defuse It with Dignity"

Category: Publications

With this book, Evelin Lindner encourages us to recognize the immense historic opportunity that is open to us in the wake of these dangerous times. Drawing on 40 years of research gathered on her personal path of living globally, she calls us to action in service of restoring and replenishing the health of human arrangements of relationships, emphasizing the lifesaving necessity of mutually dignifying cooperation. 

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A new peace poetry collection on the atomic bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki

A new peace poetry collection on the atomic bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki

Category: Publications

"The Nagasaki Elder" by Antony Owen is a poignantly vivid account of the suffering endured by civilians caught up in both the immediate and long term aftermath of the atomic bombings on Japan. This is an essential poetry collection for peace educators.

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Book Review - A global security system: an alternative to war. 2016 edition

Book Review - A global security system: an alternative to war. 2016 edition

Category: Book reviews

A global security system summarizes some key proposals for ending war and developing alternative approaches to global security that have been advanced over the past half century. The report also asserts that a sustainable peace is possible and an alternative security system necessary to attain it. Moreover, it is not necessary to start from scratch; much of the groundwork for an alternative security system is already in place.

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Jobs & Funding

(Job Postings & Funding Opportunities)

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Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Adviser, Saferworld, London

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Adviser, Saferworld, London

Category: Jobs

Saferworld is an independent non-governmental organisation that works to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives.  The purpose of the post is to ensure that the impact of Saferworld’s work is identified, shared, learned from and communicated to key stakeholders, working across the organisation and developing and managing processes which enable this.  The postholder will lead on accountability to strategic and cross-organisational donors

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Program Manager, After School Kids Program – Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching & Service, Georgetown University

Program Manager, After School Kids Program – Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching & Service, Georgetown University

Category: Jobs

The Program Manager of the ASK Program is responsible for on-site coordination and preparation of the program sites of a tutoring and mentoring program for court-involved youth which employs up to 150 part-time university student workers and volunteers serving 200 youth living in Washington, DC each year.

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