The Rwandan government will embark on integrating peace education into the National Education Curriculum under a new program called ‘Education for Sustainable Peace in Rwanda (ESPR)’. The ESPR program was launched by the Ministry of Education during a three day Peace Education conference in Kigali from February 20-22.
The Global Campaign for Peace Education supports statements of action and solidarity promoted by the American Friends Service Committee and others to stand in solidarity with all those negatively impacted by the events related to the cancelled speaking engagement of Sa’ed Atshan, a Palestinian Quaker and an assistant professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore College, who had been invited to speak to Friends Central Upper School students on February 3rd. The cancellation of this event by administrators led to student protests and the indefinite suspension of two teachers.
Former USSR President and Nobel Prize Peace winner Mikhail Gorbachev urged other winners to push for nuclear disarmament and demilitarization. He noted that all winners were united by the desire to spread the ideas of peace and a culture of peace among the citizens and especially among young people.
Teens behind racist graffiti sentenced to visit Holocaust Museum, read books by black and Jewish authors
Five boys spray-painted a historic black school in Ashburn, Va., with swastikas, “WHITE POWER” and vulgar images. Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Alex Rueda prepared an unusual sentence recommendation meant to educate them on the meaning of hate speech in the hope that they come to understand the effect their behavior had on the community. The boys have been sentenced to read books from a list that includes works by prominent black, Jewish and Afghan authors, write a research paper on hate speech, go to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and listen to an interview with a former student of the Ashburn Colored School, which they defaced.
Social media has changed the way we communicate. It offers valuable opportunities for connection but at the same time segregates people into social ‘bubbles’ that echo and legitimise one’s own opinions. Peace education and digital literacy can be combined to transform the internet into a more positive and hopeful space.
The Church of England’s only Syrian-born clergyman, Dr Nadim Nassar, is also Director of the London-based Awareness Foundation, a charity that provides peace-making education in Syria and Iraq and builds understanding between faiths in the UK. The scars left by war and brutality are deep but the education programmes run by the Awareness Foundation are transformative.
Backed by the World Bank and billionaires Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, Bridge International has launched a massive campaign to privatize public education in Africa. Despite charges the U.S. corporation is experimenting on African children, violating the constitution in at least two African countries, and providing inferior education, Bridge International is undaunted, even suing the government of Uganda for closing down 63 of its for-profit schools earlier this year.
This UNESCO video explains the importance of Global Citizenship Education (GCED) in a globalized and increasingly interconnected and interdependent world. GCED is key to understand the interconnections between the local and the global and nurture a sense of belonging to a common humanity. It builds motivation to assume active roles to contribute to a more just, peaceful, tolerant and sustainable world.
On Sunday January 22, 2017, Glenn D. Paige passed away in Honolulu after struggling with illnesses at the age of 87. Founder of the Center for Global Nonkilling, his is a life that has given so much with his firm belief that the world could change for the better; and that killing could end with the advent and advances of the nonkilling knowledge.
Patrick Hiller, in response to the incoming administration, suggests ways in which peace education can play a central role in training people to resist injustice and participate more effectively in society.
Ikeda Center Podcast with Betty Reardon: The Relationship Between Human Dignity, Human Rights, and Peace
In this Ikeda Center podcast Dr. Betty Reardon shares insights on the relationship between human dignity, peace, and human rights and discusses the necessity of developing a systemic approach to peacebuilding.
Thank you for your help in our efforts to #SpreadPeaceEd and for facilitating peace learning far and wide in 2016. The Global Campaign for Peace Education family sends our warmest thoughts for the holidays and our best wishes for a peaceful 2017!
Making history in the United Nations: The General Assembly adopts a Declaration on the Right to peace promoted by civil society organizations
On 19 December 2016, the plenary of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) ratified by a majority of its Member States the Declaration on the Right to Peace as previously adopted by the UNGA Third Committee on 18 November 2016 in New York and the Human Rights Council (HRC) on 1 July 2016 in Geneva.
(NPR) There’s a growing body of research on the value and importance of high-quality early education programs — especially for disadvantaged kids. But there’s surprisingly little research on its impact over time. A new paper. “The Life-Cycle Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood Program,” co-authored by Nobel laureate James Heckman, helps change that. Heckman and his co-authors examine the many ways in which these high-quality programs helped participants thrive throughout life.
For more than five decades, the armed conflict in Colombia has prevented the country’s youth from building a future. Now, they might soon be given a seat in the classroom. In Colombia’s rural areas, the armed conflict has prevented children and youth from attending school, according to a new report by the Norwegian Centre for Conflict Resolution (NOREF) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).
“Getting these children back to school will be key to secure peace and stabilisation in Colombia,” said NRC’s country director in Colombia, Christian Visnes.
The Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky is allocating millions to fight rising violence. $2.1 million will be provided for existing targeted violence reduction strategies that include programs like Peace Education, Pivot to Peace, Right Turn and ReImage.