Participants of “Innovating in Challenging Times: Building an Infrastructure for Supporting Peace.” (Photo: David Smith)

Peacebuilding Leadership Gather for “Innovating in Challenging Times” at Point of View

Nearly 50 practitioners, activists, educators, trainers, funders, and researchers in the peacebuilding field gathered at George Mason University’s Point of View Retreat Center to explore “Innovating in Challenging Times: Building an Infrastructure for Supporting Peace.” The aim of the gathering was to identify knowledge, resources, and innovation opportunities to advance solutions that address current and future challenges, taking a proactive approach to peacebuilding.

Children from both communities participate in the pilot application of the joint education project IMAGINE, taking place under the auspices of the Bi-Communal Technical Committee of Education and implemented by the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR) and the Home for Cooperation (H4C) between 26 May and 2 June 2017. (Photo: UNFICYP/Ludovit Veres)

‘Imagine’ project kicks off (Cyprus)

The pilot application of the joint education project IMAGINE was successfully completed on June 2, 2017. The pilot, supported by the United Nations, took place in May with the participation of 160 primary school children ages 9-12, coming from 4 Turkish Cypriot and 4 Greek Cypriot schools.

Teaching Conflict Resolution (Photo: David Smith)

Peace Entrepreneurship: Working with Students at Sandy Spring Friends School

A Youth Peace Conference was held at Sandy Spring Friends School in Sandy Spring, MD. The conference brought together students from the school and neighboring schools to focus on the “Intersectionality of ‘Isms.’” “Peace Entrepreneurship” was amongst the workshops offered.

Leadership for Action, April 29, 2017 (Photo: David Smith)

A Model for Engaging Students in Nonviolent Action: Diversity, Oppression, Nonviolence, and Engagement

The City of Rockville (MD) Human Rights Commission’s annual Diversity Leadership Workshop was held on Saturday, April 29. In the past, the program had focused on diversity leadership. However, this year at the request of students, the focus was on looking at the role of engagement and activism and retitled “Leadership for Action.”

Students from Kean University talked about their work as members of the “Be the Change” program. (Photo: David Smith)

Cultivating Peace: A Student Research Symposium, Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech’s Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention hosted “Cultivating Peace: A Student Research Symposium on Violence Prevention” from April 20-21 at the Hotel Roanoke in Roanoke, VA. Nearly 20 students presented their work.

Ali Ouattara

Ending the Cycle of Abuse Through Human Rights Education in Ivory Coast: Ali Ouattara

Ali Ouattara’s work as an activist began while he was a high school student in the 1970s. During his time at Amnesty International – Ivory Coast, he has developed a real passion for public awareness of the issues of justice and human rights. “Human rights education is essential in society. Inculcating the culture of human rights from early childhood allows individuals to forge respect for justice and the lives of others.” Ali serves as president of the Ivorian Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICPI).

Meeting delegates. (Photo: UNESCO)

Identifying strategies and solidifying regional action for Global Citizenship Education

The 2017 Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Global Citizenship Education (GCED) Network Meeting under the theme ‘’Identifying Strategies and Solidifying Regional Action for GCED’’ was held April 6-7 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Co-organized by the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa and the Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding, the meeting had three objectives: (1) to strengthen delivery mechanisms of GCED programmes towards improving impact and ensuring inclusive participation; (2) to improve the scope and outreach of GCED programmes within the region; and (3) to catalyze political engagement and leadership to ensure commitment of stakeholders.

International Network of Museums for Peace: 25th Anniversary Newsletter

The International Network of Museums for Peace’s (INMP) March 2017 newsletter is wholly dedicated to the celebration of it’s 25th anniversary. The issue includes a comprehensive, illustrated history of INMP, including brief accounts of all previous conferences, and of the development of the organization. Since 1992, INMP is the main provider of knowledge and information about museums for peace.

Peace educators / researchers gather at the Campus el Carmen de Viboral of the University of Antioquia on March 3, 2017. Left to right: Josefina Echavarría (Univ. Innsbruck), Roberth Uribe (Univ. of Antioquia), Francesco Ferrari (Univ. of Jena), Cecilia Plested (Univ. of Antioquia) Martin Leiner (Univ. of Jena).

Continuous Support from European Universities to Peace Education in Colombia: A report from the Unit for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Innsbruck (Austria)

As the peace initiatives in Colombia continue to flourish during the challenging phase of the implementation of the peace agreements between the government and the FARC-EP, several universities from Europe are visiting the country, learning from and lending support to local approaches to peacebuilding and conflict transformation.

Final Conference of ‘Developing a culture of co-operation when teaching and learning history’ held in Cyprus

The Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR) organized, in cooperation with the Council of Europe (CoE), the final conference of ‘Developing a culture of co-operation when teaching and learning history’ on the 10th and 11th of March 2017 at the Home for Cooperation.

UNESCO ESD Leadership Training, designed by Earth Charter International, is piloted around the world

During February of 2017, over one hundred young sustainability leaders gathered in Dublin, Beirut, Nairobi, and New Delhi to train in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Leadership using a UNESCO curriculum developed by Earth Charter International (ECI).

Japan – IICBA Signing Ceremony for the project ‘Teacher Training and Development for Peace-Building in the Horn of Africa and Surrounding Countries

The government of Japan is providing of 1 million USD to the International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA) for the project ‘Teacher Training and Development for Peace-Building in the Horn of Africa and Surrounding Countries’, which will support teachers and teacher educators from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda.