National Youth Commission Chair Appeals for Schools as “Peace Zones” (Philippines)

The chairperson of the National Youth Commission appealed to the military and other groups involved in the conflict in Mindanao to treat schools, including Lumad schools, as zones of peace. His statement came after President Rodrigo Duterte said last month that he would order the police and the military to bomb the schools of the indigenous peoples.

Visitors to Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo release doves in a gesture of peace on the 72nd anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II. (Photo: YOSHIAKI MIURA)

For young Japanese, war mostly seen as something from dim and distant past

For young Japanese interviewed by The Japan Times the historical significance of Aug. 15 (Japan’s surrender in WWII) or the political tensions surrounding the shrine are subjects seldom discussed. Japan’s role in the war, or its consequences, rarely come up.

Recognizing young people as powerful peace-builders

Around the world today, more and more societies are recognizing the role that youth play as agents of change and as critical actors in preventing conflict and building peace. Many of the world’s 1.2 billion young people, are also affected by the horrors of conflict and war. It is against this backdrop that the International Youth Day this year will be celebrated under the theme “Youth Building Peace”, considering matters of youth, peace and security from a social developmental perspective.

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Peace Heroes: Bushra Qadeem Hyder on Fighting Extremism with Education in Pakistan

Hyder is a pioneer in education—not only bringing the principles of peace education into her own school, but also integrating a comprehensive peace curriculum throughout an entire school system. Through Hyder’s peace education, pupils are exposed to the religious and cultural teachings of other communities, promoting understanding and acceptance.

Weak institutions, porous borders and climate change combine to make conditions harsher, nurturing sometimes violent competition over scarce resources between ethnic communities of Northern Kenya, and the proliferation of illegal small arms. (Photo: Oliver Noonan / Shalom Centre)

The peace builders of Northern Kenya; Successful research led model spreads to other African nations

Founded in aftermath of 2007-08’s national post-election violence, Kenya’s Shalom Centre pioneers successful, research-led formula for preventing conflict between rival groups that includes conducting peace education in primary and secondary schools.

Youth wearing traditional dress dance in Iraq in February 2017 as part of a community event celebrating cultural and faith differences. The event was just one of many culminating projects that resulted from youth peacebuilding and leadership trainings faciliated by the Iraqi al-Amani Association and Eastern Mennonite University's Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. (Photo courtesy of the Iraqi al-Amani Association)

Iraqi youth work to build culture of peace

A youth project in Iraq brings together Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding and the Iraqi al-Amal Association in a multi-phase project that focuses on youth and academics to build a culture of peace in the country.

Peace activists from around the world were awarded at the sixth annual Luxembourg Peace Prize on 30 June

Luxembourg Peace Prize 2017 honors Outstanding Peace Education efforts of UWC

Peace activists from around the world were awarded at the sixth annual Luxembourg Peace Prize on June 30 in Luxembourg. The Outstanding Peace Education award was granted to United World Colleges for their educational movement with the mission “to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.”

Rotary Peace Fellows started teaching each other about their respective specialisms in the peace field. (Photo: Dhruti Shah - BBC)

Is a peace scholarship worth pursuing?

(Dhruti Shah for the BBC) In 1948, peacemaker Gladys Muir established what is believed to be the world’s first undergraduate programme in peace studies, at Manchester College, in Indiana, in the US. Peace and conflict study courses are on offer at universities and educational centres around the world.