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Issue #74 June/July 2010

REFLECTIONS ON THE WORLD CUP AND EDUCATION FOR A CULTURE OF PEACE

Alicia Cabezudo
Escuela de Ciencias de la Educación, Universidad Nacional de Rosario UNR
Rosario Argentina

email: acabezudo@unr.edu.ar

Barcelona, June  2010

(Please click here for the original Spanish version of this welcome letter)

WORLD CUPSchool life of children today can be seen as an imaginary “line of fire” crisscrossed by diverse types of violence: violence of the socio-economic system, with successive adjustments and hardships that consequently lead to poverty and misery for a large number of the world’s population; violence of political systems exercised by governments that usurp civil society representation while demanding ethical behavior, democratic participation, respect and consensus decision-making; everyday violence manifested in public and private spaces that tends to be reproduced in all the activities in which we participate – work, recreation, school, and community sites.   

In summary, this socio-economic marginalization recreates tremendous class differences and injects into society a type of violence rooted in social injustice where even sporting celebrations come to be - too often - nightmares. This is happening in football matches and in many other sports in recent years. Let’s have another look.

The Football World Cup is always a celebration for children, for students and for the population at large. It’s a celebration in which people live tending to matches on TV, waiting for scores, results, bets, penalties, famous football player’s names and infinite winning combinations. The Cup is the main conversation with friends, neighbors, family and working partners - and it comes to be an open topic for dialogue; for defending different options and positions; for sharing sport passions and expectations; for lunching or dining with others; for sharing hours in a jolly and collective way.  It is a kind of celebration that facilitates meetings, open communication, exchanges of ideas and socialization through affective (and effective!) relationships. All of these experiences are valuable patterns applicable in the teaching-learning process.

It is an extraordinary educational opportunity for educators to turn this "celebration" into a learning experience to promote the importance of coexistence, respect for others, multiculturalism and social wealth; the celebration of differences and cultural similarities; and explore collective effort as an ethical and political value.

We can turn the World Cup of soccer into a democratic educational opportunity where football “popular knowledge,” experiences, stories and practices can be used as relevant teaching resources and tools for a better understanding of the present world. These tools have a tremendous pedagogical value given by the opportunity of re-thinking the diversity of our societies and the challenge we have when facing its complexity and the ways it shows up in our own realities.

This is an opportunity to think about new topics that can be added to the school curriculum through multiple disciplines.  Studies of “far and exotic countries” (how “far an exotic” when their peoples are our neighbors in the same street?); readings about unknown geographical sites; research on different government practices and laws; learning of others arts, crafts, customs and religions; discovery of the past and present history of diverse regions; economic relationships and linkages; the common problems that affect everyone and the collective search for solutions;  as well as many other topics for discussion that might open possibilities for reflecting, exchanging and learning in an active process.  This is certainly much more creative than simply “watching” the international matches.

This possible application of the World Cup as an educational opportunity for creating culture(s) of peace would confront the traditional teaching that happens around international sporting events: the mechanic recitation of the countries listed in the Cup and a passive observation - sometimes with surprise - of unknown countries – suddenly Big Ones - or the recognition of the Ever Big Ones - well known due to their political and economical power.  

Understanding the diversity and differences, multiple lifestyles and worldviews, different civilizations and their manifestations, the richness of the diverse cultures represented by these football teams, and the possibility of generating dialogue offers a lesson of political, religious and cultural enrichment that are fundamental components in democratic civic education of children, youth and adults.

The construction of all these values; the defense and the recognition to self-determination of peoples; the right to peace; respect for human rights and international law; and learning about the collective effort and solidarity of human beings throughout history as actors in social, political, economical and cultural transformations, are part of this  pedagogical proposal.

It’s time that the present world countries decide to be “good football teams” - where “each football player” helps from its “position” to the urgent construction of “scores and results” that are harmonic, balanced and cooperative.   These would be football teams that would make “fair play” all the time - respecting each other and creating vital lessons of solidarity and cooperation in the world and for themselves.

Let’s work towards this at all levels: with children, youth and adults; with parents, neighbors, friends and colleagues; and … why not with other still unknown partners in this wonderful game towards peace and justice that we all  have to play together?

Let’s seize this educational opportunity without hesitation.                     

News


Celebrating the Life of Elise Boulding, Matriarch of Peace Studies (1920-2010) (USA)
Elise Boulding died at 4:40 pm, June 24, 2010 in Needham, MA. Hailed as a “matriarch” of the twentieth century peace research movement, she was sociologist emeritus from Dartmouth College and from the University of Colorado and in on the ground floor in the movements of peace, women’s studies and futures and played pivotal roles in each. Click the link above for a full bio of Elise's contributions to peace.

Israeli-Palestinian Peace Soccer Team plays in South Africa
(JTA) A combined Israeli-Palestinian soccer team is in South Africa to play on the sidelines of the World Cup tournament. The players are graduates of the Twinned Peace Sports program, a joint Israeli-Palestinian initiative that brings underprivileged children together around sports and peace education.

Peace experts explore Islamic peace education in workshop (Davao City, Philippines)
(Manila Times) A group of peace education experts conducted a workshop which convened Filipino and foreign delegates to discuss the prospects of peace education taught under the tenets of Islam. The Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy (PCID), main sponsor of the workshop, convened Filipino experts on Islamic peace education as well as Muslim peace educators from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and Singapore in order to relate their experiences in the relatively unexplored field of Islamic peace education.

Educators unite to promote peace, save the planet (Philippines)
(gmanews.tv) “We live in a planet in peril, a region at risk, a nation in crisis,” former Education Secretary Dr. Lourdes R. Quisumbing said in her keynote address at the 9th General Assembly of APNIEVE. The event was held May 21-22 at the University of Makati. “Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is not a matter of choice. We cannot leave the survival of the Earth to chance,” said Quisumbing.

Teaching Peace in Uganda
(Guardian) Conflict between the Ugandan military and the Lord’s Resistance Army in northern Uganda has generated a stream of reports of human rights abuses. Almost two million people have been forced to flee their homes, sheltering in overcrowded refugee camps. Now, as the two opposing factions engage in a series of talks to bring back peace to the area, Georgina Smith speaks to teachers in the town of Gulu who are working to rehabilitate the children recruited to fight as soldiers.

Hiroshima Remembered (Japan)
(Guardian) As the 'Hiroshima Remembered' ceremony takes place in Peace Memorial Park, Japan, Keisaburo Toyonaga, now 71, describes seeing the mushroom cloud forming and treating his mother's burns... "One of my biggest fears is that Japanese children today know nothing about Hiroshima. The survivors who went on to become teachers have all retired and the government is reducing the time spent on peace education."

Making peace, one child at a time (Uganda)
(News@Northeastern) Some 150 sixth and seventh-graders packed a tiny classroom on the outskirts of Gulu, Uganda, a war-ravaged country whose children have remained at the center of conflict for more than two decades. Northeastern sophomore Kijana Rose, who completed a co-op at two schools in the northern Ugandan town, couldn't have been more inspired by her young students. Rose connected with Insight Collaborative’s Peace Education Project to get the position with the schools.

100th anniversary of the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to the International Peace Bureau Celebrated through Peace Education Exhibit (Switzerland)
(Diva International) This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to the International Peace Bureau (IPB). To mark this special occasion, the IPB hosted an exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland as a tribute to the people who “devote their time, energy, and resources to the cause of peace.” This event, Making Peace, is supported by a one-month photo exhibit on the shores of Lake Geneva. The exhibit includes over 120 panels related to war and peace.  In an effort to promote peace education, all of the panels from the exhibit are free to download on the internet at schools worldwide.

Reducing Violence by Educating for Empathy (USA)
(On The Issues Magazine) Violent acts are predominantly committed by men. For the past 40 years, FBI statistics on homicide indicate that in every year 90 percent of homicides in the U.S. are committed by men. In their article, "The relation of empathy to aggressive and externalizing/antisocial behavior," researchers Paul A. Mayer and Nancy Eisenberg analyzed earlier studies that pointed to an inverse relationship between empathy and aggression.

India's National Policy for Children Reviewed: Peace Education Emphasized (India)
(Nagaland Post) A state level NGO and Civil society consultative process on National policy for children 1974, reaffirming recognition, renewing commitment for review and recommendation 2010, was held in Dimapur.  Peace Channel director Rev. Fr. C.P. Anto in his keynote address stated that even after 36 years, the policy for children was not used well for the benefit and security of children and affirmed that peace education and children’s right should be encouraged and made mandatory to empower the children.

School teachers orientation programme emphasizes peace education (India)
(Classroom 2 Campus) Swami Aksharatmanandha of Ramakrishna Mission, Rajahmundry, on Saturday underlined the need to give wide publicity to peace education in the country, which was incorporated in the National Curriculum Framework (NCF)-2005) as a compulsory component.

The Pedagogy of the Oppressor in 2010: Reflections on George Kent (USA)
(Unrest Magazine - article by Derek Sweetman) Kent discusses the work by Paolo Freire[ii] and concludes that we have a good idea how to teach “the oppressed,” but that what we need is a pedagogy of the oppressor.  Most importantly, it is easy to understand the interest in underdogs in liberation, but how do you motivate top dogs to change a system that benefits them?

Education for Peace in India
(The Sentinel) The question is: What is “education for peace” and how can it be taught? The idea of peace education emerged in countries ravaged by chronic war and ethnic violence for several years. Educationists in India have suggested different approaches to ethics education with every revision of curriculum.

Building a Peaceful Citizenry (India)
(Teacher Plus) The philosophy of peace education is easier to preach than practice. With the contemporary world strife-torn in various ways and words like peace and spirituality severely challenged, it is astonishing that an orientation to the idea of peace in schools is a buzzword. Terms like peace and spirituality sound, to a skeptical mind, more like a formulaic premise of a new industry rather than a genuine effort to bring about any change.

Groups agree to embrace peace education (Indonesia)
(Jakarta Post) NGOs and religious and society groups from 38 countries agreed on Friday during the 3rd World Peace Forum to share knowledge in formulating a peace education curriculum. On the closing day of the forum, the participants also agreed to expand networking for civil society groups that work toward world peace.  "In line with the theme of the third meeting on peace education, we recommend the formulation of a peace education curriculum," the chairman of the meeting’s executive committee, Rizal Sukma, said.

Fostering reconciliation and peace through drama (Sri Lanka and Indonesia)
(Daily Mirror) In a joint effort Indonesia and Sri Lanka are setting up peace education workshops for children in a puppetry production to be shown in schools throughout the island soon, Peace Education Researcher Theodore A. Fernando said. “This will fill the void for peace education that will be thought provoking and appeal to the younger generation,” Dr. Fernando said.

CHRAJ Rolls Out Human Rights Programme for Basic Schools (Accra, Ghana)
(allAfrica.com) As part of plans to bring human rights education to the doorstep of basic schools, the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), last Thursday began a human rights education programme at the New Gbawe Junior High School in Accra.

The programme, which is intended to run throughout the year, will be extended to sixteen Junior High Schools within the Ga South Municipality.

Supreme Court for women’s rights education (Nepal)
(Himalayan News Service) The Supreme Court has directed the government to include human rights education in school and college syllabi to combat discrimination and violence against women.

Pro Merito Medal for the Chair of the Council of Europe Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights (Europe)
(Council of Europe) On 3 May 2010, the Council of Europe awarded its Pro merito medal to Dr Reinhild Otte, Chair of the Ad hoc Advisory Group on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights, for her long-standing commitment to the work of the Council of Europe in the field of education.

A Centre for Planetary Future in the Colombian Jungle – Peace Research Centre Tamera (Colombia)
The peace community San José de Apartadó is a rural community of about 1500 inhabitants living in the north of Colombia. They do not belong to any organization, do not carry weapons, and are bound together through an unswerving ethic of peace. Yet they are in the way of the government and multinationals who want to push forward globalization, and are therefore being brutally fought by the state. In the past thirteen years they have lost nearly 200 community members who were killed by the military, paramilitary and guerilla. In December 2009 a core group moved uphill to the site where Luis Eduardo Guerra, one of their leaders, was murdered. Here they want to build a place for planetary peace work. Here they want to create a model for the possibility of survival for all threatened peoples and set up a base of the Global Campus, an international university for peace knowledge of new kind. They are inspired and excited by an ancient dream which they had re-discovered during a visit in the peace research center Tamera in Portugal just some weeks before.

Brahma Kumaris to take value education classes in Kendriya Vidyalayas (India)
(Indian Express) There is no dispute over inclusion of value education in school curriculum but when that is outsourced to a religious or spiritual organization, it is bound to raise eyebrows. The Central government-run Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), which presides over a chain of thousand-plus schools, has done just that by directing all its schools to allow the nearest Brahma Kumaris Academy to hold a weekly class on Peace Education.


Peace Education in the Field  


Report: International Seminar on Education and Peace in India
The two day international seminar on Education and Peace, organized by the World Peace Movement Trust (Founded in 2001 by Dr. Ravindra Kumar) in Mumbai, India concluded on May 16 with a resolution passed by more than one hundred academicians, scholars, peace-workers, socialites and Gandhians of ten countries of the world to bring like-minded, sincere and dedicated people together to work at local, national and international levels for harmony, peace and unity.

GPPAC Inter-regional Exchange on Peace Education: Western Balkans and Eastern Europe
From April 21 to 25, 2010 the Nansen Dialogue Center-Montenegro hosted a group of teachers and Ministry of Education and civil society representatives from the Westerrn CIS. The series of events, which included meetings with school teachers, peer mediators, and visits to the Ministry of Education provided a good opportunity for the group to introduce their work in the region and to learn about the specifics of the peace education programmes in Montenegro. Click above for a full report.

Effects of Selected Components of Peace Education on the Performance of the Nigeria Police in the Management of Conflicts in the Niger Delta – African Journal of Education and Developmental Studies, Volume 6, Number 1, September 2009 – (Nigeria)
The statutory role of the police in the Niger-Delta region is maintenance of law, order and provision of security to the citizens. These roles have been found to be enhanced by appropriate skill development programmes including peace education. This study finds that the content of the police training programmes in conflict management has been found to be deficient in the components of peace education.

University of Cincinnati Center for Peace Education Records Available (USA)
Listen to others. Communicate your feelings. Think before you act.  The Center for Peace Education taught these and other skills for conflict resolution, peer mediation, and effective communication.  The work of this organization with Greater Cincinnati schools and through their own programs helped children to learn to resolve their differences without fighting. A collection of the records of the Center for Peace Education was recently acquired by the Archives and Rare Books Library.

IPCRI's Israel-Palestine Peace Education Conference Video Slideshow (West Bank)
A video slideshow of the IPCRI Peace Education Conference - Thalitha Kumi: Middle East peace education workshop between Israelis and Palestinians, March 12-13, 2010. Follow the links below the video for additional coverage.

SALTO Youth EUROMED Concludes Course on Peace Education (Spain)
This seminar on “Peace Education” aimed at developing environments of tolerance, care and respect and skills, attitudes and knowledge with cooperative and participatory learning methods.  The notion \"think globally, act locally\" is central to educating for a culture of peace in that it links theory with practice, international issues to individual efforts. The course took place from June 6th - 12th, 2005 in Melilla (Spain). It was organized in cooperation with the Injuve, the National Agency for the YOUTH Programme in Spain.


Action Alerts


Call for Nominations: Evens Prize for Peace Education
The Evens Foundation is looking for interesting organizations, associations or institutions within the European Union that offer training programs to teachers (among others) to learn how to manage interpersonal and/or intergroup conflicts in a positive and constructive way. The Prize Money of € 25.000 will be dedicated and divided by the Expert Jury to the laureate on the one hand, and to the dissemination and stimulation of the winning training program on the other.


Events and Conferences


Please note that only newly submitted events will contain a full description. All events & conferences that have been previously published in the newsletter will be listed by date with a link to follow for more information.

International Peace Research Association Conference – Sydney, Australia (July 6-10, 2010)
For more information click on the link above.

Asian Pacific Peace Education Seminar – International Volunteers for Peace (IVP) – Katoomba, Australia (July 13-17, 2010)
Join skilled peace educators and activists from 11 Asia-Pacific organisations and support the development of a culture of peace in our region. Aims:  peace education, skills development, regional cooperation and capacity-building of grassroots peace organizations in the Asia-Pacific.

“Towards a More Socially Responsible Psychology” – Psychologists for Social Responsibility – Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis – Brookline (by Boston), MA, USA (July 15-17, 2010)
For more information click on the link above.

Call for papers: “Inciting the Social Imagination: Education Research for the Public Good” – Peace Education Special Interest Group (SIG) – Annual General Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) – New Orleans, LA, USA (April 8-12, 2011)
Proposals should be submitted through the AERA proposal submission system (www.aera.net) and identified as for the Peace Education Special Interest Group. Deadline for submissions: July 15, 2011.

6th Annual International Leadership Training Programme: A Global Intergenerational Forum – University of Connecticut, CT, USA (August 6-14, 2010)
For more information click on the link above.

Association for Conflict Resolution Conference: “Many Paths, One Destination” – Chicago, IL, USA (September 1-4, 2010)
For more information click on the link above.

8th Annual Conference of the Peace and Justice Studies Association: “Building Bridges, Crossing Borders: Gender, Identity and Security in the Search for Peace” – Menno Simons College and the Global College in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (October 1-2, 2010)
For more information click on the link above.

Mondo in Pace 2010: “Education, Peace and Beauty” – Italian Conference on Peace Education and Closing Event for the Decade for a Culture of Peace (2001-2010) in Italy – Genoa, Italy (October 6-9, 2010)
For more information click on the link above.

Conference: “Educating for Human Rights, Peace and Intercultural Dialogue” – University of Western Sydney, Australia (November 4-6, 2010)
For more information click on the link above.

Cultivating Peace: A Symposium for Violence Prevention – Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA (November 12-14, 2010)
For more information click on the link above.

“Ahimsa and Sustainability” – Sudha and Pravin Mody International Conference on Nonviolence – Ahimsa Center, California Polytechnic University at Pomona (by Los Angeles), CA, USA (November 12-14, 2010)
For more information click on the link above.

4th CICA-STR Annual Conference: Aggression, Political Violence and Terrorism, An Interdisciplinary Approach for a Peaceful Society – International Convention Center Julio Cesar Turbay, Cartagena, Colombia (November 18-20, 2010)
For more information click on the link above.

2011 annual Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP) – Columbia University, New York, NY, USA (late August – mid December 2011)
The Program is designed for lawyers, journalists, doctors, teachers, social workers, community organizers, and other human rights activists working with NGOs on issues including sexual and gender-based violence, domestic violence, minority rights, LGBT rights, labor rights, migration, health, social exclusion, environmental justice, and corporate social accountability. Deadline for applications: November 19, 2010.

Education and Citizenship in a Globalising World – Institute of Education, University of London, UK (November 19-20, 2010)
For more information click on the link above.

Forum 2010 – Santiago de Compostela, Spain (December 9-13, 2010)
For more information click on the link above.

World Peace Festival – Berlin, Germany (August 26-28, 2011)
The World Peace Festival Berlin 2011 aims to be the single biggest peace event in history – and to change the peacebuilding landscape of the world forever. Backed by the United Nations and an impressive list of international partners, this 3-day festival is bringing together musicians, artists, Nobel Peace Prize winners, actors, athletes, business people, strategists, military generals and politicians to share with people everywhere practical ways of implementing peace at every level of society, called Tools for Peace™. The WPF will also be the launch pad for Cells for Peace™, a global network of sustainable, peacebuilding initiatives. This network will allow people everywhere to access information about peacebuilding activities in any given area, and also to avail of knowledge and resources to start their own peacebuilding initiatives.


Workshops and Trainings


Please note that only newly submitted workshops/trainings will contain a full description. All workshops/trainings that have been previously published in the newsletter will be listed by date with a link to follow for more information. 

Basic Semester "Monte Cerro Peace Education" – Tamera Peace Research Center, Southern Portugal (June 1 – August 5, 2010)
For more information click on the link above.

2010 The Inside-Out Training Institute – Inside-Out Center, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA (June 7-13 / June 21-27 / July 12-18, 2010)
For more information click on the link above.

Symposium on Conflict Prevention, Resolution, and Reconciliation - International Peace & Security Institute (IPSI) and Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) – Bologna, Italy (June 19 – July 17, 2010)
For more information click on the link above.

Summer 2010 Online Professional Development Courses – Urban Center for Social Justice, Peace Education and Research, University of Cincinnati, OH, USA (Session 1: June 21 – July 14 / Session 2: July 15 – August 6 / Session 3: August 9-31, 2010)
For more information click on the link above.

2010 Summer Institute: Building Peaceful Communities – University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (July 4-15, 2010)
For more information click on the link above.

"Composing Music, Composing Activism" course – School for Designing a Society – Gesundheit! Institute, Hillsboro, WV, USA (July 5-14, 2010)
For more information click on the link above. (Deadline: rolling – will close when full (20 participants.))

Nonviolence Summer Institute 2010 – Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies, University of Rhode Island, RI, USA (Introduction: July 6-10, 2010 / Level I: July 6-16, 2010 / Level II: July 12-16, 2010)
For more information click on the link above.

International Institute on Peace Education – 2010 – Colombia (July 12-18, 2010)
For more information click on the link above.

World Environment and Peace Summer School: Peace Education Course – Jeju “Peace” Island, South Korea (July 26 – August 9, 2010)
Jeju Island was declared by Korean government as World Peace Island in January of 2005. It will host the World Environment and Peace Summer School, comprised of 6 courses of 3 tracks. Each course will be team-taught by 6 faculty members. Classes will meet on the College of Law and Political Science of Jeju National University (JNU), which will also validate the credits. Application deadline: July 15, 2010.

2010 Summer Courses, Sydney University’s Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies MA – hosted by School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK (July 15-16 & 19-20 / 26-30, 2010)
Two courses:  1. Conflict-resolving Media (PACS6914), (July 15-16 & 19-20); and 2. Key Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS6911), (July 26-30). For more information click on the link above.

2010 Women's Human Rights Education Institutes (WHRI) – Centre for Women's Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada and Fundación Justicia y Género, Costa Rica (July 19 – August 26, 2010 / August 16-20, 2010)
Two institutes on women’s human rights:  1. Women’s Human Rights: Building a Peaceful World in an Era of Globalization (July 19 – August 26, 2010 - Application deadline: May 15, 2010.)  2. Women’s Rights are Human Rights! – CEDAW for Change (August 16-20, 2010 - Application deadline: July 16, 2010.)

2010 Summer Institute – Consortium for Peace Studies, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada (July 19-23, 2010)
For more information click on the link above.

Social Justice Mediation Institute annual trainings – University of Massachusetts at Amherst, MA, USA (Week Two: August 29 – September 2, 2010)
For more information click on the link above. (Week Two deadline: July 29, 2010.)

National Peace Academy's Summer Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive – Wilmington College, OH, USA (August 1-7, 2010)
For more information click on the link above.

Traveling Workcamp / Peace Messengers Program – Service Civil International (SCI) – Berlin, Germany (August 8-29, 2010)
For more information click on the link above.

MA program in Applied Conflict Transformation Studies – Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies - Pannasastra University – Cambodia
The course targets peace practitioners and operates as a distance learning program with 6x two-week residential seminars in Cambodia over two years. The Course Prospectus and Application forms are available on the website at the link above. Deadline for applications: August 31, 2010.

 

Publications and Resources


The Gender Imperative Human Security vs. State Security – Routledge
Edited by peace educators and scholars Dr. Betty Reardon and Dr. Asha Hans.  Patriarchy being the germinal paradigm from which most major human institutions such as the state, the economy, organized religions and social relations have evolved, the book argues that fundamental inequalities must be challenged for the sake of equality and security. The fundamental point raised is that expectation of human wellbeing is a continuing cause of armed conflict which constitutes a threat to peace and survival of all humanity and human security cannot exist within a militarized security system.

Call for Papers – Critical and Reflective Practice in Education
The theme for Volume 2, Issue 2 is “Education and Social Transformation.” For more information click on the link above. (Deadline for submissions: July 16, 2010.)

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Journal of Peace Education: “The Politics, Praxis, and Possibilities of Critical Peace Education”
For more information click on the link above. (Abstracts due October 1, 2010.)

Call for Papers – Global Media Journal, American Edition, Special Spring 2011 issue on “New Media, Informal Learning and Social Change”
For more information click on the link above. (Deadline for submissions: October 15, 2010.)

Call for Papers – Special Issue of Journal of Peace Education: “Peace Education: Past, Present, & Future”
For more information click on the link above. (Abstracts due November 15, 2010.)

Call for Papers – Journal of Educational Controversy, Volume 6, Number 1, Summer 2011 – Theme: “The Education Our Children Deserve”
For more information click on the link above. (Deadline for manuscripts: December 31, 2010.)

International Observatory on Violence in School Newsletter, June 2010 issue
For more information click on the link above.

New book: Shanti Shiksha: Siddhant Evam Vyavahar (Peace Education: Theory and Praxis) by Surya Nath Prasad, published by Peace Education (Publications), India
The author has accepted the need of peace education not only for the eradication of violence, war, terrorism, injustice, poverty, exploitation and diseases, but also to be human. He has denied the current concept, contents and teaching methods of peace education, and has presented alternative concept, contents and methods.

New book: Hinduism and Peace Education by Surya Nath Prasad, published by Peace Education (Publications), India
Hinduism, based on Vedanta (Upanishads), is a religion of universe and God in man (including woman). It is a religion that claims the manifestation of perfection already exists in man and woman. Hinduism is very much peace education. Because Hinduism advocates self-education for perpetual discovery, it enables every individual without any discrimination to manifest / to unfold / to evolve the perfection already in him or her to be man incarnation of God, who would naturally be a peaceful creature living together peacefully on this planet Earth.

Teaching to the Spirit, Teaching for Peace Part 1 and Part 2
This 2-part article (published in 2 separate issues), published in Montessori Leadership, provide an overview of how Cathleen Haskins implemented a peace education curriculum in a Montessori classroom. It provides information on Montessori's call for peace education, and specific details on the curriculum autonomously created (activities and exercises) and used with students aged 6-9 years, in both a public Montessori and private. Other articles that may be potential candidates for inclusion are found on the same webpage.

Integrating Conflict Resolution Education Skills and Techniques Into the Classroom – Conflict Resolution Education Connection
One of the main goals of conflict resolution education training for educators is to have them apply these skills and concepts into their current or future classrooms through curriculum integration and as a classroom management strategy. Ideally, school personnel might also work together as a team to create a comprehensive school conflict management program. While the planning tools included in the module are specifically for individual educators to help develop a plan for their classrooms, additional information for whole school planning can be downloaded at no cost from the Managing and Resolving Conflicts Effectively in Schools and Classrooms 5 day course developed for the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) (accessible from the link above).

Tourism, Progress, and Peace, Edited by Omar Moufakkir and Ian Kelly, with the opening chapter contributed by Jacqueline Haessly, Ph.D., "Tourism and a Culture of Peace"
This thoughtful book, written by tourism and peace scholars and practitioners from countries around the world, highlights the idea that tourism benefits from a world and a community at peace. Tourism can help promote a culture of peace when people gain knowledge of other cultures through travel and when tourists and people engaged in some form in the tourism and hospitality industries seek to achieve seven goals:
1. honor spiritual and cultural heritage sites; 2) establish policies that can aid in reducing poverty in local communities; 3) support sustainable development; 4) protect the fragile ecosystem; 5) promote eco-tourism; 6) establish cross-cultural activities that can aid both in reducing conflicts; 7) work with and for each other across boundaries, borders, and barriers to create and sustain a culture of peace.

 

Jobs and Funding Opportunities


Please note that only new submitted job postings will contain a description. All jobs that have been previously published in the newsletter will be listed with a link for more information.

Part-Time Adjunct Faculty (Political Science Dept.) to teach Intro to Conflict Management and Peace Studies – Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, OH, USA (August 30, 2010 – …)
For more information click on the link above.

Internship – Peace Revolution – Thailand (January-March / June-August 2010)
For more information click on the link above.

Director of Peace and Conflict Studies, World Peace Academy, Switzerland
The World Peace Academy - Swiss Center for Peace Studies in Basel, Switzerland is a young institution of higher learning, which offers a "Master of Advanced Studies in Peace and Conflict Transformation" in cooperation with the University of Basel since 1 March 2010.  The Director of Studies is responsible for the coordination and implementation of the course of studies and advises and accompanies individual students from all over the world. Your knowledge in the field of "Peace and Conflict" and in academic work in general represents an important support for our students. Depending on your area of specialization you may occasionally teach a course within our MAS program.  Contact Catherine Brunner for more information: +41-61-534-2921.  To apply send your full application with CV, picture and letter of motivation to Catherine Brunner, World Peace Academy, Güterstrasse 81, 4053 Basel, Switzerland, or email to c.brunner@world-peace-academy.ch