Apply to become a “Young Champion of the Earth”

Young Champions of the Earth, a program of The United Nations Environment Programme and Covestro, is a forward-looking prize designed to breathe life into the ambitions of brilliant young environmentalists. Each year, six young people – one from each global region – will be named Young Champions of the Earth. These winners receive seed funding, intensive training, and tailored mentorship to help them bring their big environmental ideas to life. Application deadline: June 18, 2017.

Global Citizenship~World Class Education News

The Coalition for Global Citizenship 2030 is working on a year long video news project titled “Global Citizenship~World Class Education News” that will feature video or freestyle success stories from organizations that are learning about best practices to advance the work of global citizenship. If you are interested in participating in this project, please send the Coalition a freestyle video statement (via camera phone) from your office on your work as related to global citizenship.

YouthPower Learning Grants RFA: Advancing the Evidence Base for Youth Civic Engagement in Effective Peacebuilding for Mitigating Violent Extremism

Making Cents International under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded contract YouthPower Learning is launching a request for applications: YouthPower Learning Grants for Advancing the Evidence Base for Youth Civic Engagement in Effective Peacebuilding for Mitigating Violent Extremism.

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.