Visitors to Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo release doves in a gesture of peace on the 72nd anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II. (Photo: YOSHIAKI MIURA)

For young Japanese, war mostly seen as something from dim and distant past

For young Japanese interviewed by The Japan Times the historical significance of Aug. 15 (Japan’s surrender in WWII) or the political tensions surrounding the shrine are subjects seldom discussed. Japan’s role in the war, or its consequences, rarely come up.

Social Justice Standards: A Framework for Anti-bias Education

The Social Justice Standards, produced by Teaching Tolerance, are a road map for anti-bias education at every stage of K–12 instruction. Comprised of anchor standards and age-appropriate learning outcomes, the Standards provide a common language and organizational structure educators can use to guide curriculum development and make schools more just and equitable.

Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves on Race and Racism–from Ferguson to Charleston

There are no doubt complexities that come with White Americans working for racial justice. Nevertheless, the movement for racial justice needs more White Americans to get involved. And it’s our responsibility to help each other get involved–and get involved productively. Jon Greenberg has compiled this list to help White Americans do so.

Recognizing young people as powerful peace-builders

Around the world today, more and more societies are recognizing the role that youth play as agents of change and as critical actors in preventing conflict and building peace. Many of the world’s 1.2 billion young people, are also affected by the horrors of conflict and war. It is against this backdrop that the International Youth Day this year will be celebrated under the theme “Youth Building Peace”, considering matters of youth, peace and security from a social developmental perspective.

Group Work during the Youth/Students Engagement to Foster Global Citizenship, Sustainable Development Initiatives and Peace Building in The Gambia Workshop (Photo: ©UNESCO)

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

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.

(Photo via Ms. Magazine)

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

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.