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.

Youth Group photo at IPYG Peace Forum (Photo: IPYG)

Youth movements for building peace in South Africa

‘A Piece by Peace: A Sustainable Peace Dialogue’ was co-hosted by Africa Unite (AU) and the International Peace Youth Group on the 23rd February in Cape Town, South Africa. The topic of the forum was: How can we as youth, working with government ensure that we build safe and peaceful communities and create a culture of peace enshrined in the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War.

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Education connects peace and development in sustainable ways says Director-General at UNESCO Week opening

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova officially opened the UNESCO Week for Peace and Sustainable Development: The Role of Education in Ottawa, Canada on 8 March together with Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Government of Canada, and Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education, Government of Ontario.

The 5-day event is gathering more than 400 experts, practitioners and policymakers from across the world to examine pedagogical approaches and teaching practices to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship Education (GCED).

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Aegis trains young Rwandans on storytelling for peace building

The Aegis Trust organised a two day workshop at the Kigali Genocide Memorial in December 2016 with a focus on storytelling as part of the Healing Communities Programme. The workshop gathered young peace champions from across the country to learn how to promote peace in their communities through film and photography.

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Aegis Peace Education Colloquium concludes with commitment to partnership and best practice

On the last day of the Aegis Trust Peace Education colloquium at the Kigali Genocide Memorial participants committed to working together to ensure their peace building policies and practices are informed by the latest research, measurable, and have a lasting impact on the communities they aim to benefit.

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Peace Education in the Great Lakes Region: A Discussion Paper

On 15 – 16 February 2017, Interpeace participated in the SDG4 Regional Forum for Eastern Africa in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The high level forum, organized by UNESCO, sought to enable Member States under the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa to present their national SDG4 roadmaps in support of the implementation of the 2030 Education Agenda. Interpeace shared its experience working with local, national and international partners to promote peace education in the Great Lakes region of Africa. Amongst their recommendations, Interpeace encourages Education Ministries to work towards standardizing peace education curriculum within their countries, and to mobilize the requisite human capacities and material resources required that will enable the provision of effective, formal peace education.

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Day One Recap: Aegis Peace Education Colloquium, Kigali Genocide Memorial

A three-day Aegis Trust Peace Education colloquium began February 21 with a focus on the importance of investing in peace. Funded by the UK Government, the conference assembled more than 100 local and international experts to discuss the role of peace education in preventing conflict and mass atrocity. It is part of Aegis’ worldwide efforts to build a generation of champions of humanity by investing in world class peace education.

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How can education prevent school violence and bullying based on ethnic discrimination?

UNESCO organized a workshop on Global Citizenship Education as part of the International Symposium on School Violence and Bullying: From Evidence to Action that took place in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

115 adults and youth of all races, from many faiths and diverse neighborhoods, sat face-to-face to begin a communication renaissance and create a culture of connection.

Who are They, Anyway? Finally meeting the strangers in our own land

Libby and Len Traubman, founders of the Beyond War Movement of the 1980s, are inviting people from their community to participate in an open process of respectful communication, beginning with a new quality of listening to one another, to everyone. “We’re confident that this local public action to know the ‘other’ will give voices to the unheard and dignify everyone, especially the listeners.”

Pope Francis meets with representatives of other religions in St Peter's Square. (Photo: AFP)

Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the World Council of Churches draw up document on Education for Peace

Educating for peace is the theme of a proposed joint document to be drawn up by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the World Council of Churches’ Office of Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation.

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Teaching about genocide and mass atrocities: An entry point to peace education

UNESCO supports education on the history of past genocides as a means to raise awareness of the causes, dynamics and consequences of such atrocities and to build resilience to violence and to contribute to a culture of peace based on mutual respect and human rights. As such, UNESCO partnered with the National Commission of Senegal to UNESCO to organize a training seminar for high-level civil servants of the Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, the Gambia, Mali, Niger and Senegal ministries of education in Dakar November 24-25, 2016.

More Peace Please: Brazilian youth create posters for a school-wide ethics campaign

ABA Global School is an IB World School in Recife, Brazil that offers a bilingual program for children aged 2 to 10 years old. The 5-year students are engaged in a school-wide ethics campaign which they entitled “More Peace Please.” They have been learning the basics of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and are doing their best to create personalized pro-peace action plans for each of the school’s eight cohorts.

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Panel Discussion: The role of education in preventing violent extremism

Arigatou International Geneva in collaboration with UNESCO and the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United Nations in Geneva, organized a side event to the 33rd Human Rights Council entitled “Learning to Live Together: The role of education in preventing violent extremism.”