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

Our October monthly compendium is a bit lighter than our normal offering due to a very busy September for yours truly as well as the Global Campaign for Peace Education.  From August 27-September 2 I was in Innsbruck, Austria organizing and participating in the 2017 International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE).  IIPE 2017 was organized in partnership between the IIPE Secretariat, members of the Faculty of Education and Queens’ College at the University of Cambridge, and the Unit for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Innsbruck.  The program gathered 70 participants from more than 30 countries to explore the theme of "Aesthetic Peaces: Social, Political & Embodied Learning – Responses for Human & Planetary Survival.”  A report will be coming soon.

In September we helped launch a new online learning tool: STUDY WAR NO MORE!  Produced by World Beyond War in partnership with the Global Campaign for Peace Education, STUDY WAR NO MORE provides guided inquiries for students and citizens to understand the nature of “the war system” and the possibilities for its transformation to an authentic “global security system” pursued via peaceful means.  You can read more about it below.  

Finally, from September 22-24, I helped organize and participated in #NoWar2017: War and the Environment.  Held in Washington, D.C., the 2nd annual conference of World Beyond War bridged the anti-war and environmental movements.   Check out the amazing conference line-up as well as videos of all the speakers on World Beyond War's website.  

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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Featured Article

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Announcing the launch of "STUDY WAR NO MORE"

Announcing the launch of "STUDY WAR NO MORE"

Categories: Features, News & Highlights

STUDY WAR NO MORE - A Concerned Citizens Study & Action Guide for "A Global Security System: An Alternative to War"


Globalsecurity.WorldBeyondWar.org

Join today with the Global Campaign for Peace Education, World Beyond War, and people from around the world in an effort to learn, design and take action to build a new system of global security in which peace is pursued by peaceful means.

Developed, produced and maintained by World Beyond War in partnership with the Global Campaign for Peace Education, Study War No More is intended for those concerned with pursuing alternative possibilities to the general futility of war as a means to pursuing peace. It provides guided inquiries for students and citizens to understand the nature of “the war system” and the possibilities for its transformation to an authentic “global security system.”

Study War No More was designed to support the study of World Beyond War’s landmark publication: A Global Security System: An Alternative to War (AGSS). AGSS is continually updated to reflect global changes and emergent thinking on approaches to peace and security. AGSS is a required resource for Study War No More.  

Who is STUDY WAR NO MORE More for?

Study War No More is designed for a wide range of audiences. It is appropriate and adaptable for use in or with: upper-level secondary school classes (history, social studies); undergraduate and graduate peace studies programs; community groups; activist groups; faith-based groups; local, state or national government officials; and family dinner time conversation. We encourage you to start your own study and action group wherever you find yourself.

Study and Action Partners: Learning directly from the pioneers


We think it’s important to learn directly from those leaders who are pioneering alternative approaches to security. They’ve laid the foundations for an alternative system and provide inspiration for action. This is why each discussion topic of Study War No More features a video from “study and action partners” who represent organizations that are leading global thinkers and doers on the issues and approaches being explored.   The work of our partners is also integrated in each discussion.

Encouraging dialogue and action!

Study War No More can be used to host your own discussion and action group. While there is significant research and experimentation on alternative approaches to security, we are far from having all the necessary knowledge, skills and resources for abolishing war. New thinking and knowledge must be developed. The more who participate in this collective inquiry the more likely we are to find appropriate solutions. Study War No More also encourages learners to formulate their own solutions and map out systems for common security - we believe this approach is more likely to encourage ownership and political action to bring these systems into being. Citizen action is absolutely essential for the transformation of the present system.

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News & Views

(News, Opinion, Activity Reports)

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Spreading Hiroshima's Message of Peace

Spreading Hiroshima's Message of Peace

Category: News & Highlights

Atomic bomb survivors are getting older and their number is dwindling. An American NGO has come up with a new way of preserving their experiences. It's calling global educators to Hiroshima and Nagasaki to discuss how to share the survivors' messages with their students.

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Education is our greatest ‘soft power’ for peace

Education is our greatest ‘soft power’ for peace

Category: News & Highlights

On 20 September 2017, on the margins of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, took part in a high-level side event on “Making Education for Peace”.

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Legal Limits on Presidential Power to Launch Nuclear Strike

Legal Limits on Presidential Power to Launch Nuclear Strike

Category: Curricula, News & Highlights

The Global Campaign for Peace Education, concerned about the current nuclear crisis and the continued neglect of the possibilities of law to reduce the frequency and severity of international violence, is undertaking to offer ideas and proposals that inspire consideration of such possibilities. We begin the offerings with observations on executive power to initiate a nuclear strike by a distinguished international lawyer and peace activist, Peter Weiss.

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Schools of Peace as Safe Environments: A Peace Education Project in San Vicente Del Caguán, Colombia

Schools of Peace as Safe Environments: A Peace Education Project in San Vicente Del Caguán, Colombia

Category: Activity Reports, News & Highlights

The project, operated by Fundación Escuelas de Paz, was Developed in San Vicente del Caguán, former FARC territory, as an alliance between the Office of the High Commissioner for Peace, Caqueta’s Department of Education, USAID, the International Organization for Migration and UNICEF.

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Want peace? Teach kids how to dialogue, archbishop says

Want peace? Teach kids how to dialogue, archbishop says

Category: News & Highlights

“The promotion of a culture of peace among children is crucial for a future of peace. Key to installing this value in children is to educate them in a 'culture of encounter,'” said Archbishop Bernadito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN.

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Fostering peace on campus, in communities

Fostering peace on campus, in communities

Category: News & Highlights

On this International Day of Peace, community colleges should take stock of the important work they do to foster a world that is peaceful and prosperous. As we become even more diverse as a country, community colleges will be critical to making America a land of equal opportunity and peace.

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Iraq’s Crisis in Education: Dismantling the Roots of Extremism

Iraq’s Crisis in Education: Dismantling the Roots of Extremism

Category: News & Highlights

It is important to closely examine how the Iraqi government is rebuilding a conflict-sensitive educational system that will hopefully devote itself to both the mental health and the intellectual development of young Iraqi children. With this in mind, a peace education program seems like a viable solution for Iraqi children.

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High-level Meeting on Culture of Peace Highlights Education, 2030 Agenda

High-level Meeting on Culture of Peace Highlights Education, 2030 Agenda

Category: News & Highlights

The ‘High-Level Forum on the Culture of Peace’, which took place on September 7 at the UN Headquarters in New York, highlighted the role of education and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Human Rights Program Launches in High Schools (Burma)

Human Rights Program Launches in High Schools (Burma)

Category: News & Highlights

YANGON – A human rights training program has launched for thousands of high-school students in 73 public schools in Bago Region, according to U Aung Myo Kyaw of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP).

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Investing in Healthy Living and Learning Communities for Native Children and Youth

Investing in Healthy Living and Learning Communities for Native Children and Youth

Category: Activity Reports

Due to historical trauma, chronically underfunded programs, and broken promises on the part of the U.S. government, youth from Native American communities experience many educational, health, and economic disparities compared with their peers in the general population.

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Action Alerts

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Mapping U.S.-based Peacemakers

Mapping U.S.-based Peacemakers

In an effort to understand our collective power as peacemakers in the United States, Communities in Transition (CIT) and PeaceTech Lab are mapping the location of conflict transformation practitioners, mediators, dialogue facilitators, circle holders, religious peacemakers, non-violent communication, interest-based negotiators, restorative justice practitioners and other practitioners and peacemaking organizations residing in the U.S.. Add your name today!

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Resources

(Curricula, Research, Policy)

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STUDY WAR NO MORE Spotlight! In search of global security: What makes us “secure?”

STUDY WAR NO MORE Spotlight! In search of global security: What makes us “secure?”

Category: Curricula

Understanding what makes us “secure” is an essential first step in designing a global system that assures security for all humans, other living species and the planet.

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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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CONFLICT MATTERS CONFERENCE


The Evens Foundation presents CONFLICT MATTERS 2017, a major European conference for education professionals, researchers, policy makers and parents, organised in collaboration with the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge, and the British Academy. In response to the increasing discords and polarisation in our societies, this edition will address major educational challenges: teaching controversies, dealing with polarisation, working with communities, …

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Knowledge

(Publications & Book Reviews)

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History Education and Conflict Transformation

History Education and Conflict Transformation

Category: Publications

This volume discusses the effects, models and implications of history teaching in relation to conflict transformation and reconciliation from a social-psychological perspective. It provides an in-depth exploration of the role of historical narratives, history teaching, history textbooks and the work of civil society organizations in post-conflict societies undergoing reconciliation processes.

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Sustainable Just Peace:  Jeffery Sachs’s "The Age of Sustainable Development"

Sustainable Just Peace:  Jeffery Sachs’s "The Age of Sustainable Development"

Category: Book reviews

Jeffery Sachs’s theory of sustainable development, as articulated in his remarkably perceptive, original, and inspirational book, The Age of Sustainable Development (New York: Columbia University Press, 2015), offers a comprehensive analytic and normative framework for an expanded conception of peace, human rights and global justice, and peace education.

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