The academics say the learning style approach is ineffective, a waste of resources and potentially even damaging. (Photo: Alamy Stock Photo)

Teachers must ditch ‘neuromyth’ of learning styles, say scientists

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.

Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu

Security, education crucial to peace building – Minister of Education (Nigeria)

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.”

Columbia University associate professor Dr. Chris Emdin says the “white hero” narrative is setting up both teachers and students for failure. (Photo courtesy of Diedre Reznik)

What ‘white folks who teach in the hood’ get wrong about education

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.

Morton Deutsch, Pioneer in Conflict Resolution, Cooperative Learning and Social Justice, Passes Away at 97

Teachers College professor emeritus Morton Deutsch, one of the world’s foremost social psychologists and a pioneer of the fields of conflict resolution, cooperative learning and social justice, has passed away at 97. Deutsch’s ideas have been applied to marital conflict, education, industry and labor negotiations and international relations, yet always with an emphasis on human interrelatedness as a basis for finding common cause.

Snack time at a Montessori school in Bangalore, India [Photo by Nagarjun Kandukuru/CC BY]

Growing Peace: Gandhi, Montessori and What It Means to Begin with the Children

Education has a vital role in cultivating peace. This is not so much a question of curricula as the kind of engagement fostered in the classroom, writes Mitch Bogen, examining the approach to peace education of Montessori and Gandhi.

(Photo: UNAMID/Albert González Farran)

Keeping Education Safe

For many children around the world, having a safe space to learn is far from guaranteed due to the threat of armed conflict and the targeting of schools. In this guest post for ‘In Focus’, Peter Klanduch and Margaret Sinclair of Education Above All’s legal advocacy programme PEIC – Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict (PEIC) – explain the background to this global problem and the importance of keeping education safe for all children.

North Main Avenue fourth grader Brian Cruz, 10, reads his essay on the benefits of the Peace Zone program. (Photo: Michael Ein)

Pleasantville teacher creates “peace zone” for students (USA)

Jayne Donato Dempsey’s fourth-grade classroom at the North Main Street School is a Peace Zone. That does not mean it is always peaceful. But it is a place where students can acknowledge their stress, anger and fear and learn ways to express and cope with it. “We are not happy all the time,” said Dempsey. “We have work. We have problems. But we want the norm here to be peace, to be a place where children feel safe.”

UN Volunteer Simon Kuany (far right), Associate Project Officer with the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development, with participants at an Inquiry and Integration workshop in New Delhi, India. (Photo: UNV, 2016)

Promoting global citizenship through learning and dialogue

Simon Kuany (South Sudan) is a UN Volunteer with the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP), in New Delhi, India. Funded generously by the Indian Government, MGIEP was formed in 2012 and since then has contributed to transforming education for humanity. It is an integral part of UNESCO, and the organization’s specialist institute on education for peace and sustainable development to foster global citizenship.

Nabisunsa Head teacter, Zulaika Nabukera Kabuye receiving copies of peace education training guides from Turkish Ambassador H.E Sedef Yavuzalap, looking on is Chairman ABETO Moses Musana.

Kampala schools receive peace education books (Uganda)

Kampala schools have received peace education books from Always Be Tolerant Organisation (ABETO) in conjunction with the Turkish embassy in Uganda. The function was presided over by Turkish ambassador H.E Sedef Yavuzalp who noted that their “participation in donation of books acknowledges the support towards peace and democracy building in Uganda.”

Forest Whitaker Deepens Investment in Lives of Former Child Soldiers and Refugees in S. Sudan and Uganda

Education Above All (EAA) Foundation, through their legal advocacy program, Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict (PEIC), and the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) are currently in Kiryandongo to equip former child soldiers and young people affected by conflict from across Uganda and South Sudan with skills in leadership, mediation and entrepreneurship. The aim is promote education to achieve peace, human rights and sustainable development as key drivers of more peaceful and just societies and more open and inclusive economies.

Irene Bronzini, an Italian UN Youth Volunteer fully funded by Belgium, preparing a presentation with her colleague, Lassane. (Photo: UNESCO/M. Blanco, 2017)

Peace is about education first! (UN Volunteers)

Irene Bronzini is a UN Youth Volunteer fully funded by Belgium, who was assigned in Mali in 2015 with UNESCO’s social sciences department. Irene, who is of Italian origin, supports the department in co-running UNESCO’s youth and peace education programmes.

Paul Darvasi's UNESCO paper argues that video games can be used to promote peace education and conflict resolution. (Photo: CBC)

Are video games the key to world peace?

UNESCO’s Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace (UNESCO-MGIEP) commissioned a Toronto researcher to write an extensive study on the topic of empathy based video games. Not only that, but the UN is set to release two empathy games of its own.

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta presents a scholarship to Teddy Wachira, a beneficiary of the Murang'a County Initiative Scholarship and Awards at Ihura stadium, Murang'a County on February 24,2017. (Photo: PSCU)

Invest in education for peace, stability – First Lady (Kenya)

First Lady of Kenya Margaret Kenyatta identifies that education is the key to peace, stability and social cohesion. “No nation which allows its children to wilt in the shadow of neglect can ever hope to achieve peace and economic prosperity,” she said last week.