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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.”

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UN NGO Youth-Led Briefing: Targeting Poverty and Education for Peace

The annual United Nations Department of Public Information’s NGO Youth-Led Briefing brought hundreds of youth, from all over the world, to the UN Headquarters in New York to discuss Sustainable Development Goals 1, 4 and 16. A panel of experts talked about how targeting poverty and education can help advance peace.

Peace-based storytelling session sparks hope in conflict-affected, underdeveloped communities (Philippines)

In conflict situations, stories enable societies to connect, engage, and even provide opportunities to resolve conflicts. They help in socializing — countering false stereotypes and narratives that justify violence and conflict thereby assisting the process of peacebuilding. Noting the value and importance of Executive Order No 570 s. 2006, known as Institutionalizing Peace Education in Basic Education and Teacher Education, storytelling sessions were held across Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) areas during the 2016 National Peace Consciousness Month.

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Community College Educators Gather in Alexandria, VA to Learn about Global Conflict and Peacebuilding

The 4th Annual National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar was held October 21-24 at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, VA. The seminar was designed to build capacity in community colleges for teaching about peacebuilding, conflict resolution, global issues, human rights, and related topics. This seminar is the only national seminar for community college educators focusing on global and peacebuilding issues.

Nancy Flowers and Norma Tarrow, with moderator Dr. Monisha Bajaj (l to r) at the panel event on October 24.

Three Decades of Human Rights Education: A Conversation with HRE Pioneers Nancy Flowers & Norma Tarrow

After 30 years of advocating and educating for human rights in the United States, Nancy Flowers and Norma Tarrow addressed a packed room full of social justice and HRE graduate students, scholars, and educators at the University of San Francisco. Nancy and Norma went decade by decade through their interconnected experiences in advocating and educating about, for, and through human rights.

Peace initiative: Professionals to be trained as peace ambassadors (Pakistan)

The nongovernmental organization Empowerment through Creative Integration has signed a memorandum of understanding with Pakistan Vocational Training Centres for the implementation of a three-month project titled Professionals as Peace Ambassadors in Multan. Under the project, individuals will be assigned to visit the academic institutions and organizations to develop leadership qualities and to train professionals to take part in activities that promote peace initiatives in their respective organizations.

“Columba-Hypatia: Astronomy for Peace” pilot project launch

The Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR) and the Home for Cooperation (H4C) in collaboration with the science education initiative GalileoMobile successfully launched the “Columba-Hypatia: Astronomy for Peace” project last week at the ‘Home for Cooperation’. The goal of the project is to both inspire an interest in science and the cosmos, and to also promote interaction, understanding and eventually a Culture of Peace. Understanding our planet’s place in the wider universe through the lens of modern astrophysics provides us with a worldview in which we can appreciate our similarities rather than focus on our differences. Therefore, the fun and educational astronomy activities and workshops successfully enabled the participants to reach a collective understanding of these ideas.

Chintan Girish Modi (left). (Photo: thealternative.in)

50 students talk of Indo-Pak peace in workshop

Mumbai-based writer, educator and peace builder Chintan Girish Modi conducted a workshop with students of Dikshant International School on the topic, ‘India-Pakistan: Scripting a New Future’. Modi, is also the founder of Friendships Across Borders: Aao Dosti Karein – an initiative that uses the power of storytelling and social media to foster cross-border friendships and transform hostility into hope.

Youth delegates presenting at the final plenary session.

Inspiring Youth demand more space in the Peace Movement

At the IPB Disarmament Congress in Berlin the first weekend in October around 40 young people from 15 different nations met during a Youth Gathering. Pressenza interviewed three of them: Marie Cucurella from France, Emma Pritchard from England and Simon Ott from Germany.

When asked to constructively criticize the Congress, all three become rather lively: “They always say: Engage the Youth! But then they do not give us space.” Emma says that the Youth had an important perspective to contribute, a perspective that is also valuable. “The goal would be that we no longer have Youth Gatherings in the future but that we participate on equal terms”, Marie says.

Education policy-makers and youth agree on the way forward for the prevention of violent extremism through education

Over 200 senior education policy-makers, experts, as well as youth advocates in the field, from close to 70 countries came together in New Delhi, India, from 19 to 20 September, for the first “UNESCO International Conference on the Prevention of Violent Extremism through Education: Taking Action”.