GCPE

Issue #82 April 2011

USIPPeace by Piece: Mainstreaming Peace Education in Nepal

Manish Thapa
Assistant Professor
Department of Conflict, Peace & Development Studies
Tribhuvan University

Dear friends of the Global Campaign for Peace Education,
Nepal’s conflict has left a violent and insecure legacy on society, where respect for human rights and an understanding of peaceful co-existence between people of different opinions or backgrounds were often absent. A decade of lost educational opportunities, the disintegration of communities and families, and widespread unemployment all place a tremendous burden on the Nepalese society.

Education is one of the most promising ways to build a post-conflict nation-state where children understand and are experienced in the concepts and tools of peace-building and civic participation. In order to create a culture of peace and an understanding of human rights, civic literacy and peace-building skills, the education system in Nepal has been incorporating learning opportunities in the national curriculum that provide students with the skills, attitudes, values and knowledge necessary to understand and assert their rights within the framework of the rule of law; to develop the values of tolerance and commitment to peace and justice; and to build critical thinking, problem solving and conflict resolution skills so as to function as full citizens in a post-conflict environment. The government, NGOs and INGOs recognized the role that peace education can play in stabilizing the post-conflict Nepalese transition. Peace education is an essential component of quality basic education and plays a dual role of keeping youth out of the reach of conflict and helping them to understand the importance of violent conflict prevention and resolution. It stresses the problems of violence and then empowers youths to consider ways in which they could struggle non-violently against injustice and replace structural inequities with institutions that create a more equitable world (Thapa, 2009).

Nepal has followed the following participatory, multi-disciplinary and multi-dimensional process of peace education interventions:

a) Policy integration: Nepal has mainstreamed peace education within the educational policy. Thus, a policy of promoting peace and human rights education has set and provided the opportunities for peace education interventions into all sub-sectors of education: curriculum, formal education, non-formal education, teacher education, and alternative education.

b) Curricular mapping: Curricular mapping analyses the school curricula from the perspective of peace, human rights and civic education. This activity further helped to identify the areas in which to integrate peace education contents.

c) Capacity development: Capacity development activities such as training of trainers on peace and human rights education, and awareness and orientation trainings of curricula experts, teacher trainers and schoolteachers were organized. A team of experts was then established before peace education interventions were initiated. In addition, during the process of curricular interventions, workshops and consultations were carried out as an integral part of the program.

d) Development of Memorandum of Understanding: Nepal has designed and implemented peace education interventions in a coordinated way. Thus, several consultations involving concerned national and international institutions were carried out. Based on these meetings, a common understanding was arrived at to develop a Memorandum of Understanding among various institutions. The Curriculum Development Centre therefore initiated and developed a Memorandum of Understanding between GoN/CDC, UNICEF, UNESCO and Save the Children Nepal to ensure good coordination for peace education interventions.

e) Participatory intervention process: To make the peace education interventions more relevant, a lively and inclusive consultative group was formed representing marginalized communities such as Dalits, women, and persons with disabilities.

f) Formation of a coordination committee: To harmonize the interventions, a coordination committee was formed. The committee comprised representatives of policy level institutions such as the Curriculum Development Centre, the teacher training institution, the non-formal education implementation body, National Human Rights Commission, UN agencies and INGOs such as Save the Children. This committee provides technical inputs, harmonizes the peace initiatives and facilitates the peace initiative through the sharing and mobilizing of resources (technical, financial and material).


Manish Thapa
Assistant Professor
Department of Conflict, Peace & Development Studies

Tribhuvan University

Links for Further Information


News


Study Proves: Peace Education Promotes Readiness for Peaceful Conflict Settlement (Germany)
Peace education work in crisis and conflict areas does help make hostile groups more peaceable suggests a research project at Heidelberg University’s Institute for Education Studies which has demonstrated that participants in peacebuilding education projects in countries with armed conflicts differ often distinctly in the extent to which they are prepared to envisage peaceful conflict settlement.

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Education supports HTAC’s national peace education curriculum
Help the Afghan Children has long-supported the concept of developing and implementing a national peace education curriculum in all Afghan public schools. In January 2011 HTAC received the endorsement for this program from Afghanistan’s Ministry of Education. The Ministry has been impressed with the extraordinary results from HTAC’s peace education efforts, including documented evidence that their peace education program is having a profound and lasting impact with students, family members and local communities.

Education is a great force for peace but it can also be a force for war, UNESCO report warns
Children and education systems are often on the front line of violent conflict. The 2011 Education for All Global Monitoring Report, “The hidden crisis: Armed conflict and education” (launched on March 1, 2011), examines the damaging consequences of conflict for the EFA goals. EduInfo spoke to its editor, Kevin Watkins.

Education Scheme Resumes With Peace Activities (Uganda)
(AllAfrica.com) Daily Monitor’s Newspapers in Education (NiE) programme resumed on February 14 with a focus on peace education. The Peace Education classroom activity will promote peaceful living and encourage young people to learn about fairness, anger management and non-violence, among others.

Afghan children, U.S. young adults to be aided by Mennonite Central Committee U.S. peace initiative
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.S.‚ “Turning toward peace” is designed for people in the U.S. who wish to support peace. Contributors to the program can apply their money to peace education in Afghanistan through MCC’s Global Family education sponsorship program and Afghan partner organization, Help the Afghan Children.

Building Peace in Early Childhood
ChildFund joined UNICEF, the Interagency Network on Education in Emergencies and the Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Education in introducing this statement on Building Peace in Early Childhood. Recognizing the critical issues of young children, in 2010 the General Assembly requested a special report addressing the implementation of the CRC into early childhood programming. Building the defense of peace requires educating communities and constructing new ways of thinking and behaving.

Indian Cabinet approves Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP)
(The Hindu) The mission of the Category I Institute of UNESCO in New Delhi will be to strengthen educational and knowledge base for promoting education for peace and sustainable development and to contribute to the peace education and sustainable development-related research and capacity building needs of Member States with focus on Asia and the Pacific region.

Creating culture of peace is goal of Senate Bill 374 in New Mexico, USA
Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino introduced Senate Bill 374 calling for the creation of an Office of Peace, a state-supported entity dedicated to peacemaking, justice and human rights. The Office of Peace would provide training to enable the prevention, management and resolution of conflict without violence; and develop a peace education curriculum for all levels in public schools.

Update on the situation at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR)
Anita Yudkin and Anaida Pascual from the UNESCO Chair in Peace Education at the University of Puerto Rico write an update on the ongoing situation at the University.


Peace Education in the Field  


Teachers Without Borders' Uganda Coordinator discusses recent Peace Education workshops in Northern Uganda
(YouTube video) From January 17-21, 2011, 50 teachers gathered in Northern Uganda's Lira District to participate in the first TWB Peace Education workshop in Uganda. The workshop took place at the Lira Town Teacher Resource Center, in partnership with the Foundation for Integrated Rural Development (FIRD).

Ghana Education Service Endorses Peace Education Certificate Program
The Ghana Education Service (GES) through the Ministry of Education has endorsed a Peace Education Certificate Programme of The African Centre for Peace Building-AFCOPB. The Certificate Programme (Basic Peace Education and Mastery in Teaching Peace Education) aims at equipping Teachers; Tertiary Education Students; Staff of NGOs; Community, Religious, Youth Group and Political Party Leaders with peace education skills.

Peace education permeates all aspects of life (India)
School Peace Club leaders of Dimapur were given insight that education for peace permeates all aspects of school life with implication for learners, teachers, administrators and it extended beyond the school to society as a whole. Rev. Fr. Chacko Karinthayil, the keynote speaker, elaborated that peace education is guided by the principles of dignity, equality, liberty, justice, responsibility, security, solidarity, and democracy.

United Movement to End Child Soldiering (UMECS) updates (US and Uganda)
UMECS has been making progress in the empowerment of former child soldiers and working toward a culture of peace. UMECS is also in the process of creating a Peace Education Center. Click on the link for more information.

Student Voice: Teaching Tolerance Through Sports (Nigeria)
(PBS slideshow) Devastating violence between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria prompted Michael Olufemi Sodipo to form a "Peace Club" for young people in 2006. Through sports, he teaches high school age students to communicate with teammates from a wide variety of ethnicities and religions - and to have some fun in the process. The general principle of the Peace Club is to bring about a change in awareness and patterns of thought which will lead to change in the behavior of young people. For more information on the Peace Club, click here.


Action Alerts


Contribute to questionnaire on the right of peoples to peace (and peace education)
The Advisory Committee (AC) of the Human Rights Council (HRC) is to prepare a draft declaration on the right of peoples to peace. The AC states in its progress report that "a right to peace without reference to education is inconceivable," mentions education as a "necessity for building a culture of peace" and states that "all peoples and individuals have a right to comprehensive peace education.” The AC has prepared a questionnaire to facilitate consultations with Member States, civil society, academia and all relevant stakeholders on this research matter. Responses should be sent to the Secretariat by May 2, 2011.

Spread Nonviolence Resources in Arabic – Nonviolence International and Holy Land Trust
Please help us disseminate widely this collection of Arabic language resources about nonviolence and civil resistance.

Call for educators – Aotearoa NZ Peace & Conflict Studies Centre Trust newsletter
The Trust and the Centre are working together to build a peace education network and to develop teaching resources aligned with the New Zealand curriculum, as well as investigating the possibility of offering short courses and/or in-service training on Education for Peace. Please contact them to be part of this network. They are particularly interested in getting in touch with teachers who would be able to assist them with the development of resources directly aligned with the Curriculum.

Help Save the Budget of the U.S. Institute of Peace
On February 18, 2011 the US House of Representatives voted in favor of amendment 100 to HR 1 (246 to 182) that eliminates all federal funding for the U.S. Institute on Peace (USIP). Click above to learn more about USIP and take action today by calling your local representatives.


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.  For a calendar view of upcoming events please visit the Global Campaign Community Calendar.  

The Practice of Choosing Wisely: Co-Creating Dialogue and Engagement Processes that Serve our Communities – Columbia University, New York, NY, USA (April 8-9, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

“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)
For more information click on the link above.

2nd Pre-Conference on Human Rights in Teaching and Practice: “Ethics, Human Rights and Social Work” – Brussels, Belgium (April 10, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Annual Conference 2011 on the theme “Education is that which Liberates” – CIES Peace Education Special Interest Group (SIG) – McGill University, Montreal, Canada (May 1-5, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Adelphi University: 6th Annual Conference on Teaching for Peace and Human Rights - Adelphi University & the United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY, USA (May 5-6, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Third Inter-american Dialogue on Education and Human Rights – 3er Coloquio Interamericano sobre Educación y Derechos Humanos, Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, Buenos Aires, Argentina (May 9-10, 2011)
For more information click on the link above. (Deadline for submission of papers: April 8, 2011.) (in Spanish)

The Newark Peace Education Summit: The Power of Nonviolence – Newark, NJ, USA (May 13-15, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Building Infrastructures for Change: Innovations in Conflict Resolution Education (CRE), Cleveland, OH, USA (June 8-13, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Call for Papers: Second Emory Conference on Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding – Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA (June 17-19, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Design Science/Global Solutions Lab – UN Headquarters, New York, NY and Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA, USA (June 19-27, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Asia-Pacific Mediation Leadership Summit: ‘From Talk to Action’ – Asia-Pacific Mediation Forum (APMF), Bangkok, Thailand (July 6-8, 2011)
The aim of the Summit is to engage a range of experienced academics, mediators and conflict transformation practitioners who wish to contribute (and build on) their knowledge and expertise and proactively evolve the way that conflicts are mediated and transformed in the Asia-Pacific region. For the varied list of deadlines, click here.

“Combating Social Injustice Through Justice Education" – Global Alliance for Justice Education (GAJE) and the Institute of Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Valencia, Spain (July 12-15, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Call for proposals – Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR) 2011 Conference: “Transforming a World in Crisis: The Role of Socially Responsible Psychology” – Boston/Brookline, MA, USA (July 14-16, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

4th International ICP Summer Academy with the theme: “Managing Peace? Project Management and Evaluation in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding” – Caux, Switzerland (July 18-22, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

European Peace Research Association (EuPRA) Conference – Tampere, Finland (July 20-22, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

"Transforming Education & Our World" – 8th Annual Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO) Conference, Portland, OR, USA (August 4-7, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE) 2011 – near Tokyo, Japan (August 12-19, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Peace Conference of Youth – Junior Chamber International (JCI) – Osaka, Japan (August 22-28, 2011)
The Peace Conference on Youth (PCY) gathers university and graduate students from all over the world who shoulder responsibility for the nest generation. PCY was established to raise leadership among the youth to take actions positively for the achievement of world peace. Application deadline: April 20, 2011.

World Peace Festival – Berlin, Germany (August 26-28, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Call for Proposals – “A Living Movement: Toward a World of Peace, Solidarity, and Justice” – Peace and Justice Studies Association + The Gandhi-King Conference – Christian Brothers University, Memphis, TN, USA (October 21-23, 2011)
For more information click on the link above. (Submission deadline: April 15, 2011.)

5th National Symposium on Dispute Resolution in Special Education – National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education, Eugene, OR, USA (October 26-28, 2011)
The Symposium brings together individuals who are interested in resolving disputes in a non-adversarial manner and building collaborative relationships that will lead to better educational programs for students with disabilities.  


Educational Programs (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.  For a calendar view of upcoming workshops and trainings  please visit the Global Campaign Community Calendar.

First Semester 2011 online courses at Transcend Peace University (March 7 – May 27, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Asia Leaders Programme: a Dual Campus Master Programme at the University for Peace (UPEACE), Costa Rica and Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines (April 2011 – October 2012)
For more information click on the link above.

HeartMath 1 on 1 Provider Program – Berlin, Germany (April 16-17 and May 28-29, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Peace Education: Theory and Practice online course – University for Peace (UPEACE) (April 18 – June 10, 2011)
This course seeks to provide a critical overview of key ideas, concepts and analytical perspectives on peace education. Learners will see how education for various dimensions of a culture of peace can be synergized and integrated into the urgent challenge of building a peaceful, just and sustainable world.

Leading Adaptive Teams in Conflict Environments – United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Washington, DC, USA (May 2-6, 2011)
An introductory leadership course for practitioners expecting to lead diverse teams in conflict environments: maximize your ability to make effective decisions in chaotic, uncertain environments, to provide leadership influence in situations where you might not have authority, and to understand systems that contribute to, or are resilient to conflict dynamics. (Click on the link above for a full schedule of USIP courses)

Six-week Women’s Human Rights Education Institute (WHRI) – Women’s Human Rights: Building a Peaceful World in an Era of Globalization – Toronto, ON, Canada (May 2 – June 10, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Social Reconstruction and Human Security – United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Washington, DC, USA (May 9-13, 2011)
This course explores challenges and opportunities for successful humanitarian assistance and longer-term needs for social well-being and development in fragile states. Drawing upon case studies of peace operations and peacebuilding efforts, students will analyze the links between social well-being—particularly public health, education, environmental protection, and refugee needs—and security, governance, rule of law and economic development as well as explore the relationship between reconciliation and social well-being.

Intergroup Dialogue: The Art of Transforming Identity-Based Conflicts – United States Institute of Peace USIP), Washington, DC, USA (May 9-14, 2011)
This course is designed to prepare participants to engage people from one or more identity groups in dialogue about the similarities and differences of experience that exist within and between groups, in order to increase understanding and dismantle the perceptions of the "other" that can contribute to conflict. This course is held on evenings and Saturdays, and as a pilot course, is free of charge.

Summer Peacebuilding Institute 2011 – Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA, USA (May 9 – June 17, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Governance and Democratic Practices in War to Peace Transitions Course – United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Washington, DC, USA (May 16-20, 2011)
How is good governance achieved in states that have collapsed? Develop effective strategies in establishing stable institutions and supporting a robust civil society. Dynamic modules address the inter-relationship among issues of corruption, accountability, rule of law, elections, political party development, public administration, and economic reconstruction in divided societies.

Negotiation from Checkpoints to High Politics – United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Washington, DC, USA (May 16-20, 2011)
Advanced training for people who face negotiation challenges in their professional work. Participants learn to adapt their tactics to varying, dynamic situations, and learn how to plan for a negotiation. Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, participants master a 15-point framework that encourages improvisation and helps overcomes barriers to agreement in situations ranging from policy coordination to crisis negotiations in the field to high-level diplomatic encounters.

One-week CEDAW For Change Intensive Institute – Toronto, ON, Canada (May 16-20, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Summer courses in Human Rights and Conflict Transformation – Syracuse University study abroad in Strasbourg, France (May 21 – July 2, 2011)
For more information click on the link above. (Applications received after March 1 will be considered if space is available.)

Conflict Prevention in Latin America – United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Washington, DC, USA (May 23-27, 2011)
Maximize your effectiveness by learning how to anticipate emerging threats of deadly conflict, halt and reverse the escalation into violence, and build effective coalitions. The course is intended for public and private-sector professionals whose work is adversely affected by violent insurgencies, large-scale criminality, civil wars, or transitional conflicts. Includes a multi-day case study on security threats in Latin America.

Cultural Adaptability in Complex Operations – United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Washington, DC, USA (May 23-27, 2011)
Participants learn and practice differences in high and low context communication styles, individual versus collective organization, power distance, and temporal orientation. Recommended for those whose works requires interacting with local populations as well as across military and civilian sectors.

Conflict Resolution in the South Caucasus – Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, & Conflict Resolution at George Mason University (May 27 – June 5, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Transition from Conflict to Peace & Nonviolence (TCPN) – Institute for Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding (ICP) at Baku, Azerbaijan (June 1-14, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

M.A. Expressive Arts Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding – European Graduate School (EGS), Saas-Fee, Switzerland (Summer 2011-2013)
For more information click on the link above.

Metta Mentors Nonviolence Immersion Program – Berkeley, CA, USA (June 3 – August 12, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Advanced Professional Training on Systemic Peacebuilding, Conflict Transformation &  Post-War Stabilisation, Recovery, and Reconciliation (PCTR) – International Peace and Development Training Center (IPDTC) of the Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR), Cluj-Napoca, Romania (June 6-10, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

2011 Canadian School of Peacebuilding (CSOP) – Canadian Mennonite University (CMU), Winnipeg, MB, Canada (June 6-24, 2011)
For more information click on the link above. (Application deadline: April 1, 2011.)

Mediation Training and Apprenticeship Program – Safe Horizon, New York, NY, USA (June 9-13, 2011, followed by 12-week Apprenticeship)
The Safe Horizon Mediation Program provides one of the most intensive and respected mediation training programs. Trainings exceed the requirements necessary for mediators who wish to volunteer as a mediator with a New York State Community Dispute Resolution Center, and the skills are applicable to mediators practicing in any context.

Transformative Learning Center Summer Institute 2011 – University of Toronto, Canada (June 12 – July 2, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Advanced Professional Training on Designing Peacebuilding Programmes: Improving Sustainability, Impact and Effectiveness in Peacebuilding and Peace Support Operations (DPP) – International Peace and Development Training Center (IPDTC) of the Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR), Cluj-Napoca, Romania (June 13-17, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

12th INCORE International Summer School – University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, UK (June 13-17, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Summer Peace Institute on Human Security and Peacebuilding “Problems without passports: Current world issues of human security” – University of California at Berkeley (UCB) and University for Peace (UPEACE), San José, Costa Rica (June 13 – July 15, 2011)  
For more information click on the link above.

2011 International Summer Course on Social Responsibility – Education Center for Development at UNIMINUTO University, Bogotá, Colombia (June 17 – July 15, 2011)
This is a unique international exchange opportunity is for college students or graduates who have at least intermediate Spanish skills. Students will be inspired to become citizens who are more socially responsible and focused on an international development that is culturally pluralistic, socially just, and ecologically sustainable. Applications will be accepted through April 30, 2011.

Summer Institute on Teaching Peace in the 21st Century – Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, USA (June 19-24, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Fletcher Summer Institute – International Center for Nonviolent Conflict and Tufts University, Medford, MA, USA (June 19-25, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

International summer school in "Qualitative research for social justice education" – UCLA and University of Trento, Rovereto, Italy (June 20-25, 2011)
The summer school aims to provide skills in the field of qualitative research with special emphasis on methods such as participatory action research, qualitative research methods for advancing social justice studies, and methodology of the generative world (or Freirean Generative Theme research). Application deadline: April 15, 2011.

Peace and Conflict Resolution Summer Program in London, UK and Amman, Jordan – Foundation for International Education and AMIDEAST (June 22 – July 30, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Call for Applications – MSc Human Rights and Peacebuilding at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland
The MSc programme will enable students to: gain unique insights into the legal protection of rights in transitional contexts, while studying in a society currently in a process of transition; and understand the basic tenets and controversies involved in the concept of ‘peacebuilding’. Application deadline: June 24, 2011.

Educating for the 21st Century – Centre for Executive Education, University for Peace (UPEACE), San José, Costa Rica (June 27 – July 2, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

National Peace Academy 2nd Annual Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive (PPI), Burlington, VT (July 17-23, 2011)
The PPI is a one-week intensive program for people seeking to create significant, meaningful and sustainable change in their communities.  PPI is intended to advance the development of the full spectrum of knowledge, skills and capacities of the peacebuilder – inner and outer, personal and professional. It provides a holistic introduction to the theory and practice of peacebuilding and engages participants in cooperative learning experiences, including the preparation of a peacebuilding project proposal to take back to their communities. App deadline: June 17.

Call for contributors and applicants – International Summer school 'Peace and Human Rights Education – Utrecht, the Netherlands (August 1-12, 2011)
This year the summer school will focus on 1) examples of peace and human rights education in Asia and 2) Art and creative education approaches. Experts able to contribute to either of those two areas are kindly asked to contact: marloesvanhouten@summerschool.nl. Volunteer position, with some overhead costs covered. Deadline for participant applications: July 1, 2011.

Call for applications – Rotary Peace Fellowship
For more information click on the link above. (Deadline is July 1, 2011.)

International Human Rights Exchange (IHRE) – University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa (July – November 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Exploring Humanitarian Law Institute for Educators – American Red Cross, Washington, DC, USA (August 1-4, 2011)
For more information click on the link above or email EHL@usa.redcross.org. (Registration deadline: July 8, 2011.)

Summer Academy 2011: “Democracy at School” – European Wergeland Centre (EWC), Warsaw, Poland (July 9-16, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Residential Summer Institute Fellowship for K-12 Educators: “Journeys of Nonviolence: Gandhi and Chávez” – Ahimsa Center at Cal Poly Pomona, CA, USA (July 25 – August 8, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Peace, Security and Development Fellowship for African Scholars (Including M.A. Conflict, Security and Development; and M.A. International Peace and Security) – King’s College London, UK and University of Nairoby, Kenya (September 2011 – March 2012)
For more information click on the link above.

Peace and Security Fellowships for African Women – King’s College London, UK and University of Nairoby, Kenya (September 2011 – March 2012)
For more information click on the link above.

European Peace University (EPU) MA Programmes – Stadtschlaining, Austria (September 25, 2011 – …)
For more information click on the link above.

Call for Applications – International Master in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies – UNESCO Chair of Philosophy for Peace, Universitat Jaume I (UJI), Castellón, Spain
For more information click on the link above. (Application deadline: September 2011.)

 

Publications and Resources


Call for papers – Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, Vol. 33
For more information click on the link above. (Submissions due by May 16, 2011.)

Call for papers – Peace, Conflict & Development Journal Special 2011 Issue: “Approaches to Peace & Conflict: What is Missing?”
For more information click on the link above. (The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2011.)

Sir Ken Robinson on Changing Education Paradigms (RSA video)
For an animated excerpt, you may also click here. For other Ken Robinson TED Talks on learning, schools and creativity, click here.

Current Issue of In Factis Pax: Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Democratic Education
The current issue includes an article by Betty A. Reardon and Dale Snauwaert on the nature of a pedagogy of reflective inquiry as central to a critical peace education that is cosmopolitan and democratic and the second installment of a special issue on Skills, Values, and Beliefs for Today’s Democratic Citizenship.

ECD/EDH Volume VI: Enseigner la démocratie - Recueil d'activités pédagogiques pour l'éducation à la citoyenneté démocratique et aux droits de l'homme (Citizenship Ed/HRE) Volume VI: Teaching democracy – Collection of pedagogical activities for Citizenship Education and Human Rights Education
Ce manuel pédagogique propose une série d'activités et d'exercices pour l’éducation à la citoyenneté démocratique (ECD) et l’éducation aux droits de l’homme (EDH) à l’école ou dans des cadres d'apprentissage informels. Conçues pour éveiller la curiosité des élèves, ces activités les aideront à comprendre les principes fondamentaux de la démocratie et des droits de l’homme.

Guidebook for Planning Education in Emergencies and Reconstruction – International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP), UNESCO
The Guidebook for Planning Education in Emergencies and Reconstruction aims to support educational authorities in providing equal access to quality education for children affected by conflict or disaster, which can also provide a unique opportunity to reform an education system. Intended primarily for ministry of education staff, it will also serve educational planners and practitioners at all levels, as well as UN staff, NGOs and donor agencies.

New Nonviolence Resources in Arabic – Nonviolence International and Holy Land Trust
Amid weeks of popular struggles for democracy and human rights across the Middle East and North Africa, Nonviolence International and the Holy Land Trust have compiled a collection of Arabic language resources about nonviolence and civil resistance. Many of these resources are available for free online. Please help us disseminate it widely.

Public Health and Social Justice website
The Public Health and Social Justice website contains articles and open-access powerpoints relevant to peace studies, including a specific section on War and Peace. Other pages cover environmental health, women's rights, activism, etc. Submissions are welcome.

Free online access to all Education journals throughout April 2011 (Education Free for All campaign) – Routledge Journals / Taylor and Francis
Education journals, including the Journal of Peace Education and others are included in the current Education Free for All campaign, whereby Routledge is offering free online access to all education journal content this April.

 

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.

Term Assistant Professor – George Mason University School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Fairfax, VA, USA (for one term starting in August 2011)
The candidate should have expertise in interpersonal and community conflict analysis and resolution as well as reflective practice. The School is especially interested in candidates whose research focuses on social, political and economic conflicts in the United States. Click above to apply for this position (number F9460Z). For additional information, please contact Libby Thompson at ethomps4@gmu.edu. Applications will be reviewed beginning on March 31, 2011 but the search will remain open until the position is filled.

5th Annual Daisy Alliance Student Scholarship / Essay Contest: "South Asia at a Tipping Point"
For more information click on the link above. (Deadline is April 4, 2011.)

Assistant Professor of Post-Conflict Peacebuilding – Centre for International Conflict Analysis and Management (CICAM), Nijmegen School of Management, Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Successful candidates will be engaged in research, education and societal outreach. Your high-quality research will lead to publications in authoritative international journals. You will contribute to strengthening the research of the CICAM, particularly in the field of post-conflict peacebuilding processes. Closing date: April 11, 2011.

AmeriCorps Member – Peace First, Boston, MA / New York, NY / Los Angeles, CA, USA (mid-August 2011 – mid-June 2012)
For more information click on the link above. (Next application deadline is April 15, 2011.)

Grants For Educational Resource Projects – Be Free Global
Be Free Global is now accepting applications for its 2011-2012 grant cycle, seeking to fund a select group of not-for-profit organizations on several continents that focus on providing educational resources to displaced children and children otherwise disconnected from traditional public and private resources. Be Free Global is looking for organizations that use innovation, creativity, and direct solutions to the challenges facing children in their community. The Deadline for application submission is May 2, 2011.

Faculty Position in Conflict Analysis and Resolution – Sabanc? University, Istanbul, Turkey
For more information click on the link above. (The search process will continue until May 31, 2011 if no suitable candidate is found, in two or more rounds of screening and evaluations.)

The Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Culturally Responsive Teaching
This award recognizes educators whose knowledge and skill makes them particularly successful at meeting the needs of students from racially, ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds. The program plans to recognize five outstanding teachers at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in December 2011. Deadline for applications: June 1, 2011.

Peace Studies Faculty Position – Conrad Grebel University College, a Mennonite College at the University of Waterloo, ON, Canada (beginning July 1, 2012)
This is a full-time continuing contract faculty position in the undergraduate Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) program and the proposed graduate PACS program, with a teaching and research specialty in interdisciplinary and multi-sector approaches to peace studies. For more information about the PACS program, click here. The College will begin reviewing applications on August 1, 2011.

Ursula Thrush Peace Seed Grants
The American Montessori Society’s Peace Committee awards annual Peace Seed Grants to help fund projects that promote peace education. Do you have a peace education project you’re hoping to launch or expand? We invite you to submit an application for the 2012 Ursula Thrush Peace Seed Grant. Submission deadline is February 1, 2012.

National Peace Essay Contest 2011-2012 – United States Institute of Peace (USIP)
For more information click on the link above. (Contest deadline is February 1, 2012.)

Chair in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution – Mershon Center for International Security Studies at the Ohio State University, USA
The holder of the Chair will be expected to lead an active multi-disciplinary program in conflict resolution involving research, teaching, and public service. A distinguished record of publication, teaching, and service is expected. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Senior Specialist Early Childhood Development – Save the Children, Washington, DC, USA
The Senior Specialist will provide technical direction to headquarters programs and to country offices in the design, implementation and evaluation of ECD programs during the next 5 years. This person will also provide orientation, offer individual coaching and support for regional network activities.’

International Development Program Manager – Plan International USA, Washington, DC, USA
Plan International USA is looking for candidates with interest and/or expertise in Education to participate in the management of grants from a range of donors. The Program Manager will work as a member of the Field Program Support Team and will play a critical role in helping to implement field based programs.

Director of Global Education – Sesame Workshop
The Director works with production teams to develop educational content for various children’s media projects throughout the world. This position also coordinates efforts to ensure effectiveness of Sesame Workshop’s international projects and to demonstrate and document lessons drawn from them by overseeing research projects and activities to disseminate research results.

Guide to Key Resources for Funding Work in Peacebuilding, International Development and Related Fields
A resource guide from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network.