Editorial cartoon by SIGNE WILKINSON, Philadelphia Inquirer, February 16, 2017.

Palestinian Peace and Conflict Studies Professor Disinvited from Speaking at Friends School

The Global Campaign for Peace Education supports statements of action and solidarity promoted by the American Friends Service Committee and others to stand in solidarity with all those negatively impacted by the events related to the cancelled speaking engagement of Sa’ed Atshan, a Palestinian Quaker and an assistant professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore College, who had been invited to speak to Friends Central Upper School students on February 3rd. The cancellation of this event by administrators led to student protests and the indefinite suspension of two teachers.

A call to Address Identity-based Violence through Teach-ins at American* Universities

While identity violence is not unique to the US it is in our own society that we have the opportunity and responsibility to take civic action toward overcoming it. American universities have a history of rising to such challenges, producing responses of learning/action on campuses across the country. The IIPE believes that the new epidemics of hate, particularly Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, should be similarly confronted by the academic community. We invite you to share resources and join us in undertaking teach-ins on campuses and in communities across the US and around the world.

Accept the Peace First Challenge

Peace First is launching the Peace First Challenge – a call to action for teams of young people in the United States to create powerful solutions for issues in their schools and local communities. If you are between the ages of 13-24, we challenge you to change your communities for the better by crossing lines of difference, standing up for yourselves and others, and joining with others to solve community problems. Together, show the world the power young people have to be a force for good! Registration deadline: February 10.

American Foreign Service Association: National High School Essay Contest

This is the 19th year of this contest that encourages high school students to think about important international issues and learn about The United States Foreign Service. This year the spotlight is on a clear and present challenge: the growing number of refugees and internally displaced persons around the world. Contest deadline: March 15, 2017.

Invitation to Participate: Survey Exploring Networked Impact of Peace/Conflict-Focused International Education Programs

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Boston are conducting a study on the networks formed through peace/conflict-focused international education and study abroad programs, and the impact that these networks have in fostering peace. If you direct (or work/teach in) such a program, or have in the past, they ask for your assistance in filling out an online survey.

Call for nominations: 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. The Peace Education Prize is intended to celebrate and encourage individuals who embody the principles of peace, justice, and inclusion. Nominations are due July 31.

Request for Proposals: Contemplative Communities in Higher Education Grant Program

In partnership with the Fetzer Institute, the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society is pleased to announce the Contemplative Communities in Higher Education Grant Program for 2016. These grants are designed to provide seed funding to develop just, inclusive, and compassionate communities in academia: educational communities which share a commitment to the transformation of higher education and society through the use of contemplative practices and methods.

Nominate a Teacher for the Global Teacher Prize

The Global Teacher Prize is an annual one million dollar award from the Varkey Foundation to be given to a super-special teacher. One innovative and caring teacher who has made an inspirational impact on their students and their community will receive the reward of a lifetime. Teachers deserve recognition for the magic they create every day. Now you can nominate the teacher who helped open your eyes or has lit your child’s imagination.

Photo: Peace & Conflict Studies, University of Colorado - Boulder.

Peace and Conflict Studies Undergraduate Program Survey: Assessing Student Demand

A Peace and Justice Studies Association working group is conducting a survey of undergraduate peace and conflict studies and related programs to gather historical enrollment data and other evidence demonstrating student demand for studying and pursuing degrees in the field. We invite and encourage you to contribute information regarding your academic program to this collective effort that we believe will benefit colleges and universities developing and implementing peace related programs.

Invitation for Youth to Submit Videos to the United Nations for the International Day of Peace

The Education Outreach Section of the United Nations Department of Public Information invites young people from around the world between the ages of 15 and 24 to submit 10- to 15-second videos in English on how the Sustainable Development Goals can build peace. Submissions will be accepted from now until 1 September.

Call for Submissions: The Education Youth Video Challenge

The Education Youth Video Challenge, coordinated by the The Education Commission and organized with support from A World at School Global Youth Ambassadors and MTV Voices, invites young people ages 13-30 to create a video of 30 seconds or less answering one or both of these questions: How can education best prepare you for your future? What would your ideal school of the future look like? Submission deadline: June 30, 2016.

Apply now for the Evens Prize for Peace Education 2017

Does your secondary school have a strategy for dealing with ‘hot topics’ in a constructive way? Does your organization support secondary schools to deal with ‘hot topics’, through applying concrete strategies and tools? If so, your school or organization might be in the running for the Evens Foundation Peace Education Prize 2017. The 2017 prize aims to identify inspiring initiatives successfully implemented in secondary schools, so as to answer the need for ‘hot topic’ education strategies and so that these strategies can be promoted and shared with other schools.

Call for Nominations: Edward O’Brien Human Rights Education Award

In memory of Ed O’Brien, pioneer human right educator and valued member of Human Rights Educators (HRE) USA who died suddenly this summer, the organization’s Steering Committee has established the Edward O’Brien Human Rights Education Award. The award recognizes an outstanding contribution to human rights education in the United States. Nominations are due June 15.

Goi Peace Foundation: International Essay Contest for Young People

This annual essay contest of the Goi Peace Foundation, an activity of the UNESCO Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development, is organized in an effort to harness the energy, imagination and initiative of the world’s youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world. The 2016 theme is “Education to Build a Better Future for All.” We live in a world with many complex problems, both local and global. What kind of education and learning would help us address these challenges and create a sustainable world and a better life for all? Essays are due June 15.

Shrinking Civic Space: Add you thoughts to the Charter of Civic Participation

The International Civil Society Centre is bringing key actors together in defense of democracy and civic participation to develop a Charter of Civic Participation – a basis for international solidarity and a collectively agreed reference point for civil society organizations and citizens. They want to hear the voices of civic activists, no matter whether they work in grass roots communities, on digital platforms or in civil society organizations (CSOs). 1. Why is space for civic action important? 2. What provisions are necessary for civic action?