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.

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.

(Photo: © Canadian Commission for UNESCO)

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).

(Photo: Aegis Trust)

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.

(Photo: AEGIS Trust)

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.

(Photo: Interpeace)

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.