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Dear subscriber,

Welcome to 1st issue of 2016 and the 3rd issue of the refreshed Global Campaign for Peace Education (GCPE) monthly newsletter!  

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Enjoy this month's newsletter - featuring more than 90 new articles, resources and events shaping the field of peace education around the world.

In peace & solidarity,

Tony Jenkins
Coordinator, Global Campaign for Peace Education

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Featured Article(s)

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Making global citizenship education possible for refugees

Making global citizenship education possible for refugees

Ozlem Eskiocak Oguzertem

Human Rights Education Programme Coordinator
UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
www.unrwa.org

All around the world we are witnessing an increased focus on global citizenship education (GCE). Fostering global citizenship was listed as one of the three priorities of the UN Secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative (2012). Then came the global consultations on GCE. This in turn led to the first “pedagogical guidance” from UNESCO on GCE with: Global Citizenship Education: Topics and Learning Objectives.

As elaborated in that pioneering document, global citizenship refers to a sense of belonging to a common humanity. And the values of that common humanity are underpinned by human rights. Accordingly the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) delivers GCE through its Human Rights, Conflict Resolution and Tolerance Education Programme.

At UNRWA, we developed a Human Rights Education Policy with a vision to provide human rights education that empowers Palestine refugee students to enjoy their rights, uphold human rights values, and contribute positively to their society and the global community. We implement this policy through a Human Rights Education Toolkit for teachers. There are three elements to this approach.

The first element is integration. We do not discuss global human rights issues as a separate subject or as a discrete programme. Instead, we train and guide all our 19,000 teachers to integrate human rights issues into the regular subjects taught, thereby reaching 500,000 refugee children.

The second element is active student engagement. We have explicit fun activities where children learn while they play. For example through the Toolkit activity, ‘If the World Were 100 People’, children play a game to discover how diverse the world is while also learning about statistics. Activities like this give Palestine refugee students a chance to explore diversity and discuss global issues even though they may have never set foot outside their places of birth.

Third, we have a strong ‘action and application’ element in our approach. Application of human rights concepts is important because GCE is not just about knowledge and understanding, but particularly about attitudes and behaviour change. Young people don’t want to just learn about problems and feel powerless, they want to act and instigate change.

To strengthen the application of the human rights concepts, UNRWA has established School Parliaments in all of our 691 schools across the five fields where we operate. These elected School Parliaments empower young people to become responsible and proactive contributors to their communities through practical projects. School Parliaments’ projects have resulted in greater participation of people with disabilities in community life, greener environments, and increased participation of children in decision-making.

We do our work in human rights education in a very challenging context. In war torn Syria, the occupied Palestinian territory which comprises the Gaza Strip (under blockade) and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Jordan and Lebanon, where the influx of Palestine refugees from Syria has added to the challenges of the existing camps. Some children witness human rights violations on a daily basis.

The main challenge we face is the daily dichotomy we deal with: the human rights values we promote versus the realities on the ground. For example, last year, I was observing a class in Gaza after the hostilities of the summer of 2014. The students were going through one of our human rights activities in which they were asked to draw their ideal world. Some of these 8 year-old children drew rockets directed at their homes because that was their reality. In other words, even the blue skies in their drawings were littered with rockets.

Another challenge faced at the beginning was the distrust of the community and teachers in global human rights discourse. When we first began our work in human rights education, some of our teachers asked: “how can I teach human rights when my own rights as refugees are not respected?” And the community members were also questioning the value of human rights education.

The key to addressing these challenges was a participatory process. This was achieved through a lengthy pre-testing phase with teachers, students, and the broader community. While it is important to have international best practices meet frontline needs, in the end it is the teachers who best understand their local context. Creating a space for grievances surrounding their own human rights—or lack thereof—to be aired resulted in ownership of the process. And the prospect of future generations enjoying the rights they were denied has led to many opponents of GCE since becoming our most vocal champions.

In order to address misinterpretations of human rights education, open days were also held where community members conducted human rights activities with the students. They saw first-hand how empowering it was for children to know and demand their rights, and how the School Parliament human rights projects were benefiting the whole community.

Such engagement is important because human rights learner competencies, especially the attainment of human rights attitudes, values and skills, can only be fully realized if parents and communities are on board. Otherwise there will be a school-home divide where children are not able to practice what they have learned. To further address this divide awareness raising animated videos targeting the community were also produced. These videos communicate how human rights education promotes gender equality, human rights within the community, respect, and peaceful conflict resolution.

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A final challenge worth noting is the lack of ‘contact’ with the global world—an issue faced by many refugees. While our students learn about global issues and values they often become frustrated that they are unable to experience this world. They learn about diversity but possess limited opportunities to interact with people from elsewhere. They often ask me if others know of their plight.

The pilot approach here is connecting our students with students from around the world, so they can take their discussion and action to a global level. You can watch a video here where you will see Palestine refugee students from Syria, displaced once again, their human rights violated again, yet they are able to partner with students from the UK to advocate for their right to education locally and globally. This video exemplifies some of the attitudes of a global citizen that peace education practitioners would like to foster.

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As shown in the video, given the chance, young people are able to connect with that common humanity. While the education they receive gives them the competencies, projects like #MyVoiceMySchool give them that global human contact.

Global citizenship for all is a long-term endeavour. At UNRWA, we recognize our part in the evolutionary process of GCE and take action to engage refugees in this process.

UNRWA’s Human Rights, Conflict Resolution and Tolerance Education Programme is generously funded by the US Government.

The views and opinions presented in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.

Notes:

UNESCO, Global Citizenship Education: Topics and Learning Objectives, 2015, page 14.

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and mandated to provide assistance and protection to some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip achieve their full human development potential, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, and microfinance.

You can read more about UNRWA’s approach to human rights education here

 

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News & Views

(News, Opinion, Activity Reports)

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Student Creates Butterfly Project in Response to Tamir Rice's Death

Student Creates Butterfly Project in Response to Tamir Rice's Death

Second-year social work master’s student Shelly Gracon describes herself as very outspoken and an activist who takes a sustainable approach. Those qualities have served her well as she has worked to address the shooting death of a 12-year-old Cleveland boy and create a long-term environment of healing and hope for those directly affected and for the broader community. Gracon is a student in the Community Practice for Social Change concentration in the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University.

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This superintendent has figured out how to make school work for poor kids

This superintendent has figured out how to make school work for poor kids

(Washington Post) School districts don’t usually operate homeless shelters for their students. Nor do they often run food banks or have a system in place to provide whatever clothes kids need. Few offer regular access to pediatricians and mental health counselors, or make washers and dryers available to families desperate to get clean. But the Jennings Mo. School District — serving about 3,000 students in a low-income, predominantly African American jurisdiction just north of St. Louis — does all of these things and more. When Superintendent Tiffany Anderson arrived here 3 1/2 years ago, she was determined to clear the barriers that so often keep poor kids from learning. And her approach has helped fuel a dramatic turnaround in Jennings, which has long been among the lowest-performing school districts in Missouri.

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United Movement to End Child Soldiering: reflections from our work

United Movement to End Child Soldiering: reflections from our work

United Movement to End Child Soldiering, based in Washington, DC, is partnered with UMECS: The Center for Peace, Education and Development, a Republic of Uganda based NGO, to fulfill a mutually shared mission: to support secondary school and higher education for children and youth affected by conflict and poverty, together with school-based peace education and guidance and counseling programs, and help to build cultures of peace to prevent new wars. Following are excerpts from their 2015 year-end newsletter.

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Making Peace: How Schools can Foster a more Peaceful World

Making Peace: How Schools can Foster a more Peaceful World

The research of Silvia Diazgranados Ferráns, an instructor and doctoral candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, reveals peace education as a complex field that seeks to help schools build communities that foster peacemaking and citizenship — to encourage students to become empathetic, inclusive, critical thinkers who have the skills to live peaceful lives.

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Vive la Educación y la estrategia RESPIRA

Vive la Educación y la estrategia RESPIRA

Save the Children, a través del proyecto Vive la Educación y la estrategia Respira, mejora el bienestar y la atención plena en ocho instituciones educativas del sur-occidente de Colombia. Casi 4000 docentes y estudiantes mejoran su atención y bienestar en zonas afectadas por el conflicto armado en el sur-occidente de Colombia desde 2013. Gracias al financiamiento de la Embajada de Canadá y la estrategia RESPIRA, ocho escuelas rurales y urbanas de Cauca y Nariño trabajan la convivencia pacífica y la resiliencia personal.

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Building Peace Through Education In Southern Thailand

Building Peace Through Education In Southern Thailand

(Video) A youth group, Bungaraya, works with the Ministry of Education, schools and communities to strengthen and standardize Tadika Islamic schools in the conflict-affected areas of Southern Thailand.

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Peace on Earth through Peace Education! Happy Holidays from the Global Campaign

Peace on Earth through Peace Education! Happy Holidays from the Global Campaign

With the spirit of peace and the holidays upon us, the Global Campaign for Peace Education reminds all of our shared vision and commitment for Peace on Earth through Peace Education. "A culture of peace will be achieved when citizens of the world understand global problems; have the skills to resolve conflict constructively; know and live by international standards of human rights, gender and racial equality; appreciate cultural diversity; and respect the integrity of the Earth. Such learning can not be achieved without intentional, sustained and systematic education for peace." - Vision statement of the Global Campaign for Peace Education

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NFL Hall of Famer urges high school students to take stand against violence

NFL Hall of Famer urges high school students to take stand against violence

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and former New England Patriots linebacker and NFL Hall of Famer Andre Tippett told Central High School students on Thursday that football players and other school athletes can help lead the way in preventing violence. Healey and Tippet visited Central to promote "Game-Change: The Patriots Anti-Violence Partnership," a new initiative of the AG's office and the New England Patriots aimed at providing students with the tools to combat a culture of violence that has crept into American society.

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Children have no place in the British army

Children have no place in the British army

As the UK armed forces continue with their policy of targeting visits disproportionately to schools in deprived areas and children from low-income families, the Department of Education ignores the UN’s recommendations that some form of peace education should be part of the curriculum in UK state schools, and supports initiatives encouraging a military ethos.

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Advancing Racial Justice in 2015: A Weekend of Movement Building in New Orleans

Advancing Racial Justice in 2015: A Weekend of Movement Building in New Orleans

More than 700 students, parents, teachers, community activists, labor organizers, policy experts, and advocates of a multitude of issues came together Oct. 2-4, 2015 in New Orleans for a weekend of education, collaboration, and engagement. Organized by the Schott Foundation and the American Federation of Teachers, with more than a dozen co-sponsoring local and national organizations, the key theme was community and labor organizing together for racial justice.

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Level-playing field: Pakistani girls play sports for peace

Level-playing field: Pakistani girls play sports for peace

Over 124 girls from seminaries and government schools participated in a Peace Sports Gala in Peshawar. The event was organised by the Peace Education and Development (PEAD) Foundation in collaboration with UNICEF.

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Sierra Leone: Minister of Youth Affairs calls for culture of peace

The Minister of Youth Affairs of Sierra Leone urged youth delegates at the official opening of the first youth conference of Mano River Union (MRU) to develop a culture of peace. In his keynote address on the theme “Youth Empowerment toward Sustainable Sub regional Peace and Security," he said that young people have a stake in society and therefore should be at the forefront of enhancing social, economic and political development, noting that societal situation has provided difficult conditions for the youths.

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Gambia: 'It Is Not Enough to Teach Children to Read and Write'

The Executive Director of Basic and Secondary Education of Gambia, Amie Coleh-Mbye, said the current education policy commits the government to upholding the right of every person to basic education, regardless of gender, age, religion or disability. "This however cannot be attended without including the culture of peace among students," she said. "When student harness a culture of peace, they will be better able to tolerate regardless of their circumstance."

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Muslim Parents on How They Talk to Their Children About Hatred and Extremism

Muslim Parents on How They Talk to Their Children About Hatred and Extremism

The New York Times asked their readers who are Muslim how they talk to their children about these difficult times. More than 200 people responded. Many wrote about how they try to teach their children that terrorists do not reflect them or their faith. Here is a selection of the responses. How are you explaining these issues to your children?

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Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury on the Culture of Peace

Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury on the Culture of Peace

Interview by Kosmos Journal of Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the UN, 11 December 2015. Amb. Chowdhury shares that "A key ingredient in building the culture of peace is education. Peace education needs to be accepted in all parts of the world, in all societies and countries as an essential element in creating the culture of peace. The young of today deserves a radically different education – one that does not glorify war but educates for peace, non-violence and international cooperation.”

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Pakistan's New Weapon Against Taliban Is Education

One year after 132 kids were killed in a school attack, Pakistan has found another way to fight the Taliban. A new music video, released by the Pakistani military as a tribute, emphasizes education as a positive response.

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Country owes debt to girls, women for their resilience (Pakistan)

Country owes debt to girls, women for their resilience (Pakistan)

The women of Pakistan have an important role to play in countering extremism and the country owes a debt to their resilience, said Chief Minister on Social Welfare Dr Mehar Taj Roghani. This was stated in a press release issued on Monday following Women Peace Builders Assembly (WPBN) held in Peshawar.

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Education International: A sustainable world begins in the classroom

Education International: A sustainable world begins in the classroom

As nations continued to negotiate their way toward a climate agreement in Paris, COP21 put education under the spotlight during the fourth day of deliberations to bring into focus the foundation of a sustainable future. One of the side events, “The Power of Education – Towards a global climate consciousness,” hosted by Education International (EI), took advantage of ‘Education Day’ at COP21 to show how education is crucial to making sustainable development possible.

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Burundi: in state of fear, education union is targeted by government violence

Burundi: in state of fear, education union is targeted by government violence

The international community is offering support to Burundi’s education union as the country’s government has gone on a rampage of violence against civil society over the past weekend. With what has been described by Human Rights Watch as the most serious incident since the start of the crisis in Burundi in April, the numbers of killed and executed during the weekend raises to at least 87, according to the BBC. This level of violence against civil society and the “enemies” of the regime has put the affiliate of Education International (EI) in an even greater risk than the one it already faced during the past months.

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Record number of students sign up for human rights education in Moldova

Record number of students sign up for human rights education in Moldova

(Original article: Camille Roch, Amnesty International, Dec. 10, 2015)Human rights is spreading across Moldovan classrooms in response to increasing demand from school students. Since the beginning of the school year, 2,000 students across the country have opted to study human rights, supported by Amnesty International’s initiative to make human rights education accessible across the country.“People who do not know their rights …

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The Limitations of Teaching ‘Grit’ in the Classroom

The Limitations of Teaching ‘Grit’ in the Classroom

(Original article: Aisha Sultan, The Atlantic, Dec. 2, 2015)The first time I heard a preschooler explaining a classmate’s disruptive behavior, I was surprised at how adult her 4-year-old voice sounded.Her classmate “doesn’t know how to sit still and listen,” she said to me, while I sat at the snack table with them. He couldn’t learn because he couldn’t follow directions, …

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Dealing with diversity in the classroom

Dealing with diversity in the classroom

(Original article: euronews.com Special Reports - Learning World, Dec. 11, 2015)Today’s news is overwhelmed with questions on multiculturalism, diversity and peace. In this edition we take a look at how education can play a very important role in building intercultural tolerance and respect.Australia is one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world, but its indigenous communities have faced …

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How Our Naive Understanding of Violence Helps ISIS

(Original article: Paul K. Chappell, Counterpunch.org, Dec. 10, 2015)At West Point I learned that technology forces warfare to evolve. The reason soldiers today no longer ride horses into battle, use bows and arrows, and wield spears, is because of the gun. The reason people no longer fight in trenches, as they did during World War I, is because the tank …

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4th ECCHR Alumni Meeting: Professional and Personal Exchange as part of Transnational Cooperation

4th ECCHR Alumni Meeting: Professional and Personal Exchange as part of Transnational Cooperation

(Source: ECCHR Newsletter)Developing joint strategies and creating global networks: this was the focus of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) alumni conference held from 5 to 7 November 2015 in Berlin. At the fourth annual alumni meeting, over 80 Education Program alumni, ECCHR staff and partners, including from the Bertha Foundation, met to share their professional and …

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Let pregnant girls return to school in Tanzania, campaigners plea

Let pregnant girls return to school in Tanzania, campaigners plea

(Source: Kizito Makoye, Thomas Reuters Foundation, Dec. 1, 2015)DAR ES SALAAM, Dec 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Emily Nyoni was enjoying studying at Bunju secondary school in Dar es Salaam and hoped to pursue medical studies to become a doctor until she found out she was pregnant and was expelled.Nyoni, then 17, is just one of thousands of girls thrown …

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How is Human Rights Education faring in India?

(Original article: Dr. Lalit kishore, merinews.com, Dec. 10, 2015)Human Rights Education (HRE) is cognitive learning and practical application of human rights and responsibilities agreed at the international level with the first 'right to know the rights' to make a beginning.Many educators, as indicated by the UN, view HRE as a tool for 'learning, action, and change' through 'critical thinking skills and …

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Massachusetts man who defaced Black Lives Matter sign gets 'restorative justice,' not criminal charges

Massachusetts man who defaced Black Lives Matter sign gets 'restorative justice,' not criminal charges

(Original article: Conor Berry, MassLive.com, Dec. 3, 2015)ARLINGTON — Rather than arrest a man for defacing a Black Lives Matter sign displayed at a local church, authorities have come up with a "restorative justice solution," according to Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan.The 23-year-old man, who was not publicly identified by police, allegedly replaced a sign reading "All" over the word …

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Ban Ki-moon congratulates UPEACE on its 35th Anniversary

Ban Ki-moon congratulates UPEACE on its 35th Anniversary

The United Nations mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) is observing its 35th Anniversary.UPEACE was created in December 1980. The headquarters of the UPEACE system is in Costa Rica, the country which initiated the process for the establishment of the University. UPEACE activities include: teaching, research, distance learning, and outreach.UPEACE offers Master’s Degree Programmes in Peace and Conflict Studies for students from …

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Moving funds from war & weapons is more urgent than ever

Moving funds from war & weapons is more urgent than ever

Moving funds from war & weapons is more urgent than ever."While Humanity is facing considerable difficulties, such as water supply and global warming, it dumps resources into the development of weapons that could destroy it."  -François Régis HutinInternational Peace Bureau Disarmament for Development Campaign. #DisarmForOurPlanet  

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The Role of International Education in Peacebuilding (USIP)

The Role of International Education in Peacebuilding (USIP)

Video of the November 16 forum hosted by USIP and co-sponsored by the Alliance for Peacebuilding and NAFSA: Association of International Educators.How Can Students Best Be Engaged to Build Peace Locally and Globally?(Original article: United States Institute of Peace)  Through international education, students become more effective communicators, more engaged citizens, and learn to think critically about the relationships between local and global …

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Nonviolence and Terrorism: What can WE do? Where do we even begin?

The Metta Center for Nonviolence hosted a live webinar on December 5, 2015 featuring Dr. Michael Nagler (The Metta Center for Nonviolence) and Dr. Johan Galtung (Transcend).  A recording of this session is now available.For additional information and resources visit The Metta Center for Nonviolence website.  Follow-up Q&A with Dr. Nagler is also available. What Could be Done? Some Resources for …

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By teaching children, we can change the culture of violence against women (Australia)

By teaching children, we can change the culture of violence against women (Australia)

(Original article: Rosie Batty, The Guardian, Dec. 2, 2015)Given the choice to go back to when Luke was alive is a question I wouldn’t have to consider for more than a split second. I would give anything to hold him again, to laugh with him, to tell him he’s an amazing, albeit cheeky, young man who I adore more than …

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Philippines: Muslim, Christian students celebrate peace

Philippines: Muslim, Christian students celebrate peace

(Original article: Roy Ramos, Anadolu Agency, Nov. 27, 2015)ZAMBOANGA, the Philippines Students at a predominantly-Muslim public secondary school in the Philippines' south took turns to read passages from the Koran and Bible on Friday as they joined a week-long province-wide celebration called the Week of Peace in the predominantly Christian city of Zamboanga.Muslim students -- who make up 90 percent of the Arena Blanco High School -- joined their Christian schoolmates …

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Cypriots research how education can contribute to conflict transformation, peace and reconciliation

Cypriots research how education can contribute to conflict transformation, peace and reconciliation

(Original article: Annette Chrysostomou, Cyprus Mail, Nov. 29, 2015)THE government will have to stick to its guns in the face of opposition it is likely to face if it wants to succeed with the deal reached earlier this week between the leaders of the two communities to change the face of education, experts have said.On Wednesday, President Nicos Anastasiades and …

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UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Youth Refugees and Sport wraps up humanitarian mission in Colombia

UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Youth Refugees and Sport wraps up humanitarian mission in Colombia

(Original article: olympic.org, Nov. 27, 2015)The IOC Honorary President and Special Envoy of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for Youth Refugees and Sport, Jacques Rogge, this week concluded a two-day humanitarian mission to Colombia, where he had the opportunity to get a first-hand look at the challenges faced by Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in the country.His visit was also an opportunity …

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A few figures you may not know about military pollution

A few figures you may not know about military pollution

A few figures:With 500,000 buildings and infrastructures around the world, including 500 large-scale military bases, the Pentagon was marked the world's largest energy consumer in 2013.Every year it is reported that the British Ministry of Defence is responsible for 70% of all the carbon dioxide emitted by the UKThe army is the largest landowner in France: 265,000 hectares, that is …

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Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao calls for support for Peace Education

Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao calls for support for Peace Education

(Original article: John Unson, philstar.com, Dec. 4, 2015)COTABATO CITY, Philippines - Sectoral leaders on Thursday wrapped up the week-long celebration of the Mindanao Week of Peace (MWOP) with appeals for Muslim, Christian and Lumad cooperation in addressing the security and socio-economic issues confronting the region.The yearly MWOP was pioneered by peace advocacy blocs in Mindanao in 1997, meant to inculcate on the …

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Peace Action Project for Women makes Difference (India)

(Original article: Gaurav Das, The Times of India, Dec. 4, 2015)GUWAHATI: A peace action project involving women from Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) and Karbi Anglong district is slowly doing its bit in building confidence among ethnic communities vulnerable to clashes.The project, initiated by Indo-Global Social Service Society (IGSS-NE), in association with Caritas International, hopes to help women and their organizations prevent, …

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Textbooks reviewed to eliminate hate material (Pakistan)

Textbooks reviewed to eliminate hate material (Pakistan)

(Original article: The Express Tribune, Dec. 4, 2015)PESHAWAR: A series of textbooks taught at government schools across the province have been reviewed by Peace Education and Development Foundation (PEAD) Pakistan to eliminate hate material.A news conference was held on Thursday in the city to share the organisation’s findings. Minority representatives and education experts were present on the occasion.Teaching hateDuring the conference, …

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Save our Planet: Disarm!

Save our Planet: Disarm!

How could we save the planet?  Here's a way to do it suggested by the International Peace Bureau.Retiring the cold war era B-1 bomber would create a savings of $3.7 billion over five years.That would be enough to retrofit approximately 4.6 million homes to achieve 20% greater energy efficiency.Help us spread the message: #DisarmForOurPlanet #COP21             …

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General Assembly Adopts without Vote Two Resolutions Calling for Concerted Global Efforts to Advance Culture of Peace, Non-Violence, Tolerance

General Assembly Adopts without Vote Two Resolutions Calling for Concerted Global Efforts to Advance Culture of Peace, Non-Violence, Tolerance

(United Nations, Dec. 3, 2015)Confronting an increasingly polarized world where religious intolerance, discrimination, xenophobia, conflict and the emergence of new extremist ideologies abounded, the General Assembly today adopted, without a vote, two resolutions that stressed the advancement of a culture of peace and non-violence based on education, tolerance, dialogue and cooperation.By the terms of the first text, titled “Promotion of …

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Creating Hope International: Annual Update 2015

Creating Hope International: Annual Update 2015

Creating Hope International (CHI) is excited to share with you some of the amazing work accomplished in 2015 through the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), the Tibetan Project and other private programs.In this newsletter you will learn about the prestigious recognition awarded to AIL’s founder, Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, for her extraordinary work in educating and empowering the Afghan people. You …

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Beyond Gun Control

Beyond Gun Control

(Original article: Laura Finley, CounterPunch, Dec. 3, 2015)Surely some uber-conservative political candidates will call me out on “politicizing tragedy” but I don’t care. I don’t want to pray for victims. I don’t want to seek vengeance on perpetrators. I want this never to happen again; I want to never feel this weight again.Not just something but so many things must …

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Prisoners schooled on Peace Education (Ghana)

Prisoners schooled on Peace Education (Ghana)

(Original article: News Ghana, Dec. 2, 2015)The maiden graduation ceremony has been held for the inmates of James Camp Prison who undertook an eight-week intensive training under the Peace Education Programme (PEP) organised by the Asomdwee Nsem Association.The PEP is designed to help prisoners discover their inner strength and choice as well as hope, and the possibility of personal peace. …

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A Peacebuilding Approach to Teaching About Extremism

(Original article: David J. Smith, Huffington Post, Dec. 2, 2015)The recent attacks in Paris and elsewhere remind us of the global instability that we often take for granted. The events have now settled into our subconscious, and we and the news cycle have moved along. But for youth who might have limited experience with considering major violent events, we need …

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Tribute to Maurice F. Strong (1929 - 2015)

Tribute to Maurice F. Strong (1929 - 2015)

(Original article: Earth Charter International, Nov. 30, 2015)“We are victims of ‘the struggle between ecosystems and egosystems’.  It is the egos of people, governments, businesses that prevent solutions and generate a terrible lack of political will.”Maurice F. Strong speech at the Earth Charter+5November 2005, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsEarth Charter International mourns the passing of Maurice F. Strong, co-chair of the Earth …

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Resources

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IntroConflictStyles2

Intro to Conflict Styles

This free resource for teachers and trainers of conflict styles provides a 3 minute visual introduction to concepts underlying conflict styles. It is often used in a 1-2 hour workshop devoted to conflict styles but can also be used as to give a quick over-view of what a conflict style is.

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Education for International Understanding: An Idea Gaining Ground (1996)

This brochure is a partial follow-up to the 44th session of the International Conference on Education (ICE), "Appraisal and Perspectives of Education for International Understanding," held in 1994 in Geneva, Switzerland. Despite the complexity of the challenges facing a rapidly changing world, the range of actions described in this work reflect a common will and offer further suggestions for a "new philosophy of education," that would incorporate some positive moral values common to all countries.

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What Have Peace Education Commission Papers Dealt with in the 1990s? Comments on a Guide to Five Conference Reports.

Five international conferences were held during the 1990s by the Peace Education Commission, a semi-independent subgroup of the International Peace Research Association. The conferences were held in Groningen (The Netherlands), Firenze (Italy), Kyoto (Japan), Budapest (Hungary), and Valletta (Malta). This document is a brief commentary on the topics covered by the 124 papers presented at these conferences.

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Six International Conferences of PEC (The Peace Education Commission) 1990-94

The Peace Education Commission (PEC) of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) arranged five conferences between 1990-1994 in Groningen (The Netherlands), Firenze (Italy), Kyoto (Japan), Budapest (Hungary) and Valletta (Malta). A conference report for each was published. This guide facilitates reference to contributions in peace-related education during this time.

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Trends in Peace Education (1998)

This ERIC Digest reviews the development and status of peace education in the United States in 1998. After briefly surveying the peace education movement from its origins with a small group of educators in New England in the 1800s through its stigmatization as being anti-American during periods of hot and cold war, the Digest devotes more attention to recent trends of the 1980s and 1990s.

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You CAN Teach a Sneetch! Peace Education with Dr. Seuss

You CAN Teach a Sneetch! Peace Education with Dr. Seuss

Developed by Irma K. Ghosn (1996), this lesson plan, for grades 4 to 6 and up, incorporates the Dr. Seuss story about Sneetches to teach children about sources of prejudice. This classic story about where prejudice can lead us works well with almost any age. The lesson also can be used to incorporate writing in the social studies.

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Students, Parents, Teachers and Advocates Applaud $2.4M Speaker Initiative to Support Restorative Justice in New York City Schools

The Dignity in Schools Campaign – New York (DSC-NY) applauds New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the New York City Council for keeping their commitment to progressive school discipline reform by ensuring the inclusion of $2.4M in the FY2016 City Budget for the implementation of restorative justice practices in schools.

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Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected

Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected

Girls of color face much harsher school discipline than their white peers but are excluded from current efforts to address the school-to-prison pipeline, according to a report issued by the African American Policy Forum and Columbia Law School’s Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies.

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Peace Education Curriculum: IFM-SEI

Peace Education Curriculum: IFM-SEI

The International Falcon Movement – Socialist Educational International (IFM-SEI) is an international educational movement working to empower children and young people to take an active role in society and fight for their rights. 2015, IFM-SEI's Peace Education Year, resulted in the publication of a handbook packed full of educational activities, all based around peace education.

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Stop the Abuse of Children in School: Expel the Police

Stop the Abuse of Children in School: Expel the Police

Southern Poverty Law Center calls for the expulsion of police from schools as a measure to stop the unnecessary criminalization of ordinary children. Virtually all of the scholars who study this phenomenon have concluded that the militarization of schools, coupled with the advent of zero tolerance policies, has had a vastly disproportionate impact on children of color and those with disabilities. The results: more dropouts, more poverty, more incarceration, more alienation and despair.

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Education law a tool for ending school-to-prison pipeline

Education law a tool for ending school-to-prison pipeline

Southern Poverty Law Center: The Every Student Succeeds Act, signed by the president last week, didn’t just replace the No Child Left Behind law, it encourages school districts to take a closer look at their discipline practices. This is an important development because suspensions and expulsions not only push children out of the classroom, they can be a student’s first step toward the juvenile justice system.

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Handbook on Human Security

Handbook on Human Security

Human security aims to address the root causes of today’s crises, ensuring the rights and needs of people, and addressing the root causes of conflict: citizens who live with dignity and have hope for their future rarely take up arms or join extremist movements. The Alliance for Peacebuilding's Director of Human Security, Lisa Schirch, has spearheaded a comprehensive, three-year project culminating in a first-ever handbook and online training curriculum, along with a compilation of case studies illustrating successful civil-military collaborations, and a policy brief outlining key guidelines for policymakers.

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Curriculum development in fragile states to encourage peace and reduction of conflict

(Source: Ruth Naylor, GSDRC Applied Knowledge Services)Research on education and conflict shows that education systems are not politically neutral but are an important part of the political economy that can exacerbate or mitigate conflict (Novelli et al., 2014; Bush and Saltareilli, 2000). The curriculum can be used as a vehicle to promote dominant ideologies. There are numerous instances where school …

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UN Security Council adopts resolution on Youth, Peace and Security

UN Security Council adopts resolution on Youth, Peace and Security

(Original article: United Network of Young Peacebuilders, Dec. 9, 2015)On 9 December 2015 the United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace & Security. The historical document is the first of its kind to recognize the positive role young people play in building sustainable peace and to lay out the need for governments and other stakeholders to support young …

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Resources for Teaching and Learning About War and Peace

Resources for Teaching and Learning About War and Peace

The Institute for Humane Education has assembled a collection of resources for teaching and learning about war and peace.(Original article: Marsha Rakestraw, Institute for Human Education)  War and peace have long accompanied human civilization. And while, as some argue, we may be living in less violent times overall, the news is largely saturated with stories of violence and war.And as much …

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Five Steps for Starting a Human Rights Club

(Original article: Dr. Monisha Bajaj, Teaching Tolerance, Dec. 2, 2015)Editor’s note: Dr. Monisha Bajaj is one of the leading scholars on human rights education in the United States. In 2014, her research team launched a human rights club for newly arrived refugee and immigrant youth at a public high school. In this post, she captures best practices for starting a …

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Freedom From Corruption: A Curriculum for People Power Movements,Campaigns and Civic Initiatives

Freedom From Corruption: A Curriculum for People Power Movements,Campaigns and Civic Initiatives

Following the release of her groundbreaking book, Curtailing Corruption: People Power for Accountability and Justice, Shaazka Beyerle has just published a free curriculum for members of civil society, activists, organizers, and concerned citizens about how to effectively struggle against corruption from the bottom up.Download the Freedom From Corruption curriculum here."Freedom From Corruption: A Curriculum for People Power Movements,Campaigns and Civic Initiatives" builds on …

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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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26th IPRA General Conference: ‘Agenda for Peace and Development’

The International Peace Research Association (IPRA) calls for papers for its 26th General Conference on ‘Agenda for Peace and Development’ to be held in Freetown, Sierra Leone from November 27 to 1st December 2016. This conference is hosted by the University of Sierra Leone, in Collaboration with the 10th Dealing with Disasters Conference Series, Northumbria University, UK, and Sakarya University, …

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Rotary World Peace Conference 2016

Rotary World Peace Conference 2016

The 2016 Rotary World Peace Conference will be an incredible opportunity to exchange ideas and solutions with leaders and experts in conflict prevention and resolution.The mission of the Rotary World Peace Conference 2016 is to bring together experts with solutions to major issues that are occurring in our personal lives, homes, schools, businesses and communities, not just in Southern California, …

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PhD-course: Education for social justice in education – human rights and intersectionality

In this intensive seminar for doctoral candidates, offered by the University College of Southeast Norway (May 10-12, 2016), concepts of human rights and intersectionality will be examined for how they might together inform educational theory and praxis to enable social justice.It is open to international participants researching educational inequalities in diverse contexts, from a range of disciplinary perspectives. The starting …

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Signed into law in January 1983 by President Ronald Reagan, the national Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday is a celebration of Dr. King’s immeasurable contribution to the United States, and to humankind. The holiday would not have been possible without the tireless leadership of the King Center’s founder and long-time president, Mrs. Coretta Scott King. We encourage you to read …

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International Human Solidarity Day

International Human Solidarity Day

The General Assembly, on 22 December 2005, by resolution 60/209 identified solidarity as one of the fundamental and universal values that should underlie relations between peoples in the Twenty-first century, and in that regard decided to proclaim 20 December of each year International Human Solidarity Day."The world shapes a new sustainable development agenda to succeed the Millennium Development Goals, the largest …

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International Migrants Day

International Migrants Day

On 4 December 2000, the UN General Assembly, taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world, proclaimed 18 December as International Migrants Day. On 18 December 1990, the General Assembly had adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families."On International Migrants Day, let us reaffirm our …

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International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights was adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession by General Assembly resolution 2200A (XXI) of 16 December 1966.  It was entered into force 23 March 1976, in accordance with Article 49.Click here to read and study the full text of the Covenant.  

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Social Justice Mediation Institute

A mediation training designed to explore how identity and power imbalances affect the development and resolution of conflictWhat we will be doing:A five day mediation training using a social justice lens. Participants will explore the relationship between social justice and how conflicts develop and are resolved through lectures, interactive activities, analyses of (actual) videotaped mediation sessions, skill improvement, and roleplays. Participants will …

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Alliance for Peacebuilding Annual Conference 2016

Alliance for Peacebuilding Annual Conference 2016

Next Gen Peace: Expand. Advance. Influence.May 23 to 25, 2016, Washington, DC#PEACECON2016The 2015 Global Peace Index warned of violence rising significantly in the world, with the cost of conflict estimated at $43 trillion. The headlines confirm the statistics, with unprecedented chaos in the Middle East, the rise of extremism, the Ebola epidemic, and – in the US – mass shootings and …

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Tackling Poverty and Social Exclusion in Europe: Towards Better Social Cohesion and Tolerance in Times of Austerity

According to the latest figures provided by Eurostat (2013), 122 million people were at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the European Union, a condition which refers to those who fall under at least one of the following categories: at-risk-of-poverty after social transfers, severely materially deprived or living in households with very low work intensity.Certain groups in the population …

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Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict (FSI)

Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict (FSI)

The Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict (FSI) is the leading professional education program in the world focusing on the advanced, interdisciplinary study of civil resistance.Civil resistance campaigns for rights, freedom, and justice are capturing the world’s attention as never before. Nonviolent campaigns against corruption in countries such as Guatemala, Moldova, and Cambodia; against dictatorship in …

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Knowledge

(Publications & Book Reviews)

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Conflict_Styles_Trainers_Guide2012

Free downloadable Trainers Guide to Successful Conflict Styles Workshops

This 25 page guide by Dr. Ron Kraybill, a veteran peace educator and trainer with 30 years of experience throughout the world, is designed to enable anyone with basic skills in group facilitation to lead a conflict styles workshop. Step-by-step outline with many samples of suggested trainer inputs includes training exercises, suggestions for opening and closing, a section on culture and conflict, discussion questions, and a roleplay.

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Call for Chapters: Creating a Sustainable Vision of Nonviolence in Schools and Society

This would be an edited book giving non violence a contemporary face. Nonviolence philosophy embraces all circumstances where there is no desire (natural or acquired) to kill /harm humans, animals, all forms of life and their environment. This viewpoint is based on moral and spiritual principles where there is complete absence of violence in all aspects of life. The nonviolence …

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"Gandhi's Footprints" by Predrag Cicovacki

Gandhi's Footprints by Predrag Cicovacki

Gandhi should be followed, not venerated DescriptionMahatma K. Gandhi’s dedication to finding a path of liberation from an epidemic of violence has been well documented before. The central issue and the novelty of this book is its focus on what Gandhi wanted to liberate us for. The book also provides an assessment of how viable his positive vision of humanity is.Gandhi …

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New GPPAC publication "Creating Spaces for Dialogue - A Role for Civil Society"

New GPPAC publication "Creating Spaces for Dialogue - A Role for Civil Society"

Dialogue and mediation is at the heart of the work of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC). GPPAC members employ dialogue and mediation as a means for conflict prevention, to decrease tensions during conflict, or as a tool for reconciliation in post-conflict situations. Last week, GPPAC presented its new publication dedicated to dialogue and mediation "Creating …

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Jobs & Funding

(Job Postings & Funding Opportunities)

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Instructor - Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS), University of Colorado-Boulder

The Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) Program, located in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado-Boulder, seeks a qualified, full-time, renewable-contract Instructor to deliver the core curriculum for this undergraduate program, beginning in fall, 2016.

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