Secretary of State for Human Rights, António Bento Bembe, stressed the need for the integration of the teaching of human rights in the training of new personnel of the National Police. “The police, whose responsibility is to enforce the law, must have the sense of citizenship which consists of the awareness of the Rule of Law it is not sustained without having as centre the dignity of the human person and the human rights duly guaranteed.”
Republic Act No. 10908 mandates the integration of Filipino-Muslim and Indigenous Peoples history, culture and identity in the study of Philippine History in both Basic and Higher Education. The law recognizes the ultimate objective of creating an inclusive history that accounts for all Filipinos. There is however a dearth of resources on Bangsamoro and Lumad history, art, literature, and language. The Mindanao-Sulu History and Peace Education Project seeks to respond to this need.
Translating global policies into practical and necessary actions—one village at a time. The impact of the Localization of Resolutions 1325 and 1820 in Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone is one of 13 countries in Africa that have adopted a national action plan on UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820. The Localization program, initiated by the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, is a people-based, bottom-up approach to policy-making and policy implementation that guarantees local ownership and participation.
Localized Training Efforts on Implementing the UNSCR 1325: Lessons Learned and Emerging Possibilities
The Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, in its effort to bridge the gap between global policy and local action on issues of Women, Peace and Security initiated the Localization of UNSCR 1325 and 1820 program. This is a people-based, bottom-up approach to policy-making that goes beyond the local adoption of a law, as it guarantees the alignment and harmonization of local, national, regional and international policies and community-driven strategies to ensure local ownership, participation and links among communities, civil society organizations and government.
Without peace, development is impossible, and without development, peace is not achievable, but without women, neither peace nor development is possible, writes Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the United Nations. He is an internationally recognized initiator of the UNSCR 1325 as the President of the UN Security Council in March 2000.
We are in the midst of a quiet revolution in school discipline. In the past five years, 27 states have revised their laws with the intention of reducing suspensions and expulsions. And, more than 50 of America’s largest school districts have also reformed their discipline policies — changes which collectively affect more than 6.35 million students.
A range of recent programmes have attempted to make Colombia more globally competitive in higher education. Amongst these programs are new international summer schools that bring together about 300 Colombian academics and students with international experts, including Nobel prizewinners, to address one of the three key “pillars” – equity, education and peace – flagged up in the president’s National Development Plan.
The coming of peace is naturally welcomed, but universities seem cautious in their optimism about what it is likely to mean for them. Universidad del Norte’s Roa expects “great economic investments for the post-conflict transition” but sees no evidence that increased funds will be directed towards higher education.
50 year anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence” (April 4, 1967)
“Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence”, was delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1967, exactly one year before his assassination, at Riverside Church in New York City. The speech denounced the war in Vietnam and identified the triplets of evil: racism, materialism, and militarism.
International Peace Bureau Statement: A Prophetic Voice for Our Time – Honoring MLK Jr’s’ April 4, 1967 “Beyond Vietnam, Breaking the Silence” Speech
Fifty years ago, on April 4, 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a speech which rings across the decades. It is among the most remarkable expressions of prophetic moral, intellectual and spiritual courage. In his speech, King broke ranks with pragmatic critics within the U.S. Civil Rights movement who feared the political blowback of denouncing President Johnson’s catastrophic war in Indochina, and named the greatest obstacles to freedom in the United States – and the West: the triple evils of racism, militarism and extreme materialism. Like the wisdom of the Prophets of old, King’s words and call for a “revolution of values” are as incisive and inspiring today as they were five decades ago.
Tavis Smiley Reports examined Martin Luther King, Jr.’s stand against the Vietnam War and the influence of his legacy today in this March 31, 2010 episode that includes interviews with scholars and friends of King, including Cornel West, Vincent Harding, Susannah Heschel, Harry Belafonte, Jesse Jackson, and Tony Bennett.
The Australia government has extended more than AUS$130 million for educational development in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and the country’s peace efforts in the Bangsamoro and with communist rebels. This was disclosed by Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop during the launch of Australia’s flagship program in the Philippines, “Education Pathways to Peace in Mindanao (PATHWAYS).”
Eminent academics from worlds of neuroscience, education and psychology voice concerns over popularity of method noting that it is ineffective, a waste of resources and potentially even damaging as it can lead to a fixed approach that could impair pupils’ potential to apply or adapt themselves to different ways of learning.
The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, says improving human security and education are crucial to peace-building and can only be achieved through the collective efforts of stakeholders. ““It is against this backdrop that the Federal Ministry of Education takes the issue of education of Nigerian child very seriously. They are the building blocks of peace in the society and our future.”
Dr. Chris Emdin, associate professor at Columbia University’s Teachers College and associate director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education, has had enough of what he calls a pervasive narrative in urban education: a savior complex that gives mostly white teachers in minority and urban communities a false sense of saving kids.