GCPE

Issue #83 May 2011

"PEACEJACKING"
Peace Literacy and the Co-Option of Peace Concepts

Oliver RIZZI CARLSON
Editor, Global Campaign for Peace Education Newsletter and Sower and Caretaker of the Culture of Peace Organization

As I learned about the reported killing of Osama bin Laden, the language used to justify his assassination shocked me. In fact, I was taken aback by the stress, the pain, the heaviness with which those words were trying to hold up the morality of yet more violence, and hopelessly clung to its elusive promise. They were propping up violence with peace, forcing a process of co-being into stilts of righteousness, and wishing that just this time mercury might be a cure for poisoning.

We have seen many times the use of ideals of peace and security in justification of horrible acts of repression and exclusion. We have used our own concepts of peace to make a change in those approaches, and our words have often resulted weak, either ineffective in the face of similar language justifying violence, or an outright liability when used with groups that want real change. The language of peace has been hijacked and taken from us so that we become ineffective, spending enormous amounts of energy trying to show how “peace” is different from what is done in its name. We need to reroute the moral and neurological connections established between peace and violent thoughts, words and actions. We need to address the cultural violence that justifies its structural and physical expressions and call it by name.

As I was talking with a fellow peace educator about this, my friend Stephanie Knox Cubbon, we came up with a word: “peacejacking.”  Our initial definition of peacejack is:

1. to manipulate or use terminology related to peace to justify or promote ideas, words or actions that deny or reduce complexity or diversity; 2. to use terminology related to peace to deny the dialogic process of peace; 3. to use the terminology of peace to create hierarchies, moral differentials or portray a simplistic view of human relationships; 4. to deceptively use the terminology of peace to promote a misleading perception of one's (e.g., government, company, movement) policies and actions.

In our own work, we may want to develop different definitions. What is important is that we have a concept to describe when peace is being manipulated at its own expense in the justification of violence. This is how we can talk about cultural violence in real terms. Part of our work should be to develop peace literacy by pointing out how and why violence makes use of peace to have the appearance of moral justification. In fact, without those peace feet, it would not be able to stand.

It is important to note that conceptually violent worldviews, just as oppressive structures of power, hide their true functions – the violence of exclusion. It is up to us peace educators to make apparent the violence and the contradictions contained not only in military attacks or political, social, economic policies, but also in the conceptual frameworks that are used to justify their existence. We live in language, and we must enable each other to create a world, through language, that is truly free of violence.

I invite all of us to pay attention to this task, and to use the concept of peacejacking to have clarity on what peace is and what it is not; to give peace space to breathe and be understood for the complex and diverse process it is rather than letting it suffocate in a cloud of false connections. Let us reclaim that wisdom of clear relation so that we may use it effectively; so that it will be clear to all who are in pain, including those who peacejack, that there are other ways of dealing with conflict and that violence is never effective, never sustainable. Peace, embracing complexity and allowing all people, all pain and all paths to exist in the same reality, is a different process whose distinctiveness must be made clear so that we may all know where to turn in order to realize our intentions.

In fact, the only reason anyone would peacejack, as anyone being violent must do to maintain a minimum sense of self-worth, is a confusion about how else to respond to violence if not with violence. We peacejack when we are confused, lost while looking for a meaning to the violence we carry out, clinging only to the hope it would somehow have a peace effect. We do not imagine what a peace approach would be like, and we don’t realize that peace starts with the process we implement to create it. As we educate for peace, the idea of peacejacking can help us show and develop peace literacy, and empower us to put in place actions and policies that truly carry the spirit and seeds we intend to make flourish.

As peace educators, let us gently and compassionately disarm ideas that perpetuate violence and at once hurt the object, the listener, and the speaker. Let us show each other our forgotten humanity and how it is different from the blurry image that our eyes, in pain, couldn’t focus on. And let us begin, as always, by looking deep into ourselves to heal and transform the cultural violence that we have inherited. May we compassionately understand the pain that translates into peacejacking, and heal it with our open hearts – so that we may all understand and practice peace anew.


Oliver Rizzi Carlson is Editor of the Global Campaign for Peace Education Newsletter and Sower and Caretaker of the Culture of Peace Organization. He is also Representative at the UN for the United Network of Young Peacebuilders, Operation Peace Through Unity, as well as the Global Alliance for Ministries and Departments of Peace.


News


Master the Practice of Peace: Nearly 100 U.S. graduate programs now offer conflict resolution studies
(U.S. News and World Report) Over the last two decades the academic field of peace and conflict resolution studies has expanded greatly; there are now almost 100 institutions in the United States that offer a graduate certificate or degree in peace and justice, conflict analysis, or dispute resolution, and a comparable number abroad.

U.S. Peace Index launched – Institute for Economics and Peace
A product of the Institute for Economics and Peace based in Sydney, Australia, The U.S. Peace Index (USPI) is the first-ever ranking of the 50 states based upon their crime and murder rates, availability of guns, incarceration rates and other factors that indicate their relative peacefulness.

Honda: Prevention of Violence Could Save U.S. Billions
(Roll Call) The U.S. Peace Index illuminates how much money America is mismanaging or missing out on. For example, if the U.S. were more on par with Canadian policy on all five aforementioned fronts, a conservative estimate of the economic effect on the U.S. economy is $361 billion per year and the stimulatory effect would generate 2.7 million jobs.

Area High School Students‚ Government Spending Priorities: Strong Support for Jobs, Health Care, Education (USA)
The Peace Education Center’s Youth Outreach Program recently conducted an interactive survey with high school students. Students were asked, “Last year the military spent over $1.8 trillion. This is over half of the total U.S. budget. IF YOU HAD THIS MONEY, HOW WOULD YOU SPEND IT?” Click to see the results.

Prison Official Speaks About TPRF's Peace Education Program (USA)
Millions of inmates are crammed into overcrowded correctional facilities around the world with no educational programs addressing self-esteem or positive life skills. The rate of recidivism in some U.S. states is 75% or higher. In contrast, Captain Lorenzo Carter, of the Dominguez State Prison in San Antonio, Texas, recently reported that for inmates there who had attended the TPRF’s Inner Peace Workshop, the rate of recidivism so far is unusually low at .01%.

Top political advisor calls for peace education, unity in Islamic community (China)
China's top political advisor, Jia Qinglin, has urged the Islamic Association of China to strengthen its doctrinal teaching on the ideas of peace, unity and patriotism among the country's Islamic people.

Call to include Peace Education in world schools‚ curriculum (Italy)
(Times of Malta) Speakers from various countries, including Malta, and others representing major world religions, who took part in a three-day convention in Scicli, Sicily, earlier this month, have called on heads of state and government around the world to commit themselves to include Peace Education as a subject in the curriculum of schools worldwide.

Peace education: Not just for hippies (USA)
(The Diamondback: University of Maryland Student Paper) How can we, as a university community, strive to produce well-rounded students who hope to improve the world without endowing them with a perspective that encourages constructive peacemaking in all aspects of life?

Right Livelihood Laureate Alyn Ware On The Global Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament
(Video interview: Democracy Now) Alyn Ware received the Right Livelihood Award in 2009 for leading initiatives in peace education and nuclear abolition in his native New Zealand and around the world for the past twenty-five years.

Peace education should be shared, not kept within one’s own culture – Toh Swee-Hin (Philippines)
(Philippine Information Agency) Peace or culture of peace should neither be thought of only as an absence of war, physical violence, and militarization, nor should it be fulfilled by mere talking. This was the message of Professor Toh Swee-Hin from the University of Peace, Costa Rica, keynote speaker of the 1st Peace Education Colloquium held, May 2-4, 2011, at the Xavier University (XU) in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines.


Peace Education in the Field  


Advancing Peace Education in Afghanistan
(USIP) USIP’s Grant Program supported Help the Afghan Children (HTAC) to administer a peace education program at seven middle schools in Samangan Province in northern Afghanistan. The resulting changes are striking, as the average number of observable conflicts, such as fighting, harassment, and bullying, between students decreased from 3,457 per month to 345 per month, a 93 percent reduction.

Research Brief Describes the Effectiveness of School Discipline Policies
A recently published research brief by Child Trends, "Multiple Responses, Promising Results: Evidence-Based, Nonpunitive Alternatives To Zero Tolerance," suggests that zero tolerance school discipline policies have not been proven effective by research and may have negative effects, making students more likely to drop out and less likely to graduate on time. Instead, the brief recommends the use of nonpunitive disciplinary action, such as behavior interventions, social skills classes, and character education.

Educational Institutions Implement Peace Education – Nansen Dialogue Centre Serbia
NDC Serbia organized a consultative meeting with peace educators from Belgrade, Bujanovac, In?ija, Niš and Kraljevo. NDC Serbia presented the project goals that referred to the joint work of all actors in the educational process towards the integration of Peace Education values and content into the existing subjects by implementing the Whole School Approach.

KCRP to open peace education center (Sri Lanka)
The Korean Conference on Religion and Peace (KCRP) plans to open its Korea Sri Lanka Peace Education Center (KSPEC) to help people resolve conflicts there. Reverend Kim Nam-suc, secretary general of KCRP, said Sri Lankans are suffering from a lack of mutual understanding because of difference in religions and languages. The center will offer language education, computer, religious culture and peace for the youth in Sri Lanka.

Report from the Islam and Peace Conference – “Sunni and Shia Dialogue: Human Rights and Pluralism” at Lund University, Sweden (Sep. 20-21, 2010)
The Salam Institute for Peace and Justice brought together Muslim scholars from Iran, Europe and the United States for the Islam and Peace Conference. Participants aimed to develop a mutual understanding of Sunni and Shia perspectives and mechanisms, identify effective strategies to promote peacebuilding between Shia and Sunni communities and to familiarize participants with academic, political, religious and economic perspectives on democracy, human rights, conflict resolution and peacebuilding.

PASOS: The Museum and Center for Peacebuilding (USA)
PASOS: The Museum and Center for Peacebuilding is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to connect, inspire and empower peacebuilders. PASOS has created a new kind of museum and center to inspire the peacebuilder in each of us. Through its online virtual museum and planned exhibits, this museum and center celebrates the unique creative voice of peacebuilders around the world.

Peace Education Through Media Project (Israel/Palestine)
The PET-Med project addresses two key areas in order to interpret the Israeli-Palestinian conflict beyond the deep-rooted stereotypes and bias: the world of media and journalistic communication and the world of school education and teaching. Media are fundamental for the representation of the “other/self,” having a direct impact on people’s everyday lives and beliefs.

Fulbari Programme for Conflict Transformation and Peace Education (Nepal)
Project Fulbari aspires to solve issues by confronting the root causes that originate from homes, schools, and communities: namely, a culture steeped in a tradition which encourages violent forms of discipline.

What Works for Promoting and Enhancing Positive Social Skills: Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions
This fact sheet reviews 38 rigorously evaluated programs to identify what works to promote social skills among children and adolescents. Overall, most of the programs significantly increased at least one social skill in children and adolescents. Programs that incorporated peer teaching, group discussion, or role modeling, as well as teacher-led instruction, were effective.


Action Alerts



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.  

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. (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.

2011 conference on social and emotional learning: Courageous Schools: Holding the Vision in Tough Times – Bank Street College, New York, NY, USA (May 21, 2011) 
This year’s keynote speakers are author, educator and NYU sociologist Pedro Noguera, and award winning children’s book author Kathryn Otoshi.

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.

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)

Asia-Pacific Mediation Leadership Summit: ‘From Talk to Action’ – Asia-Pacific Mediation Forum (APMF), Bangkok, Thailand (July 6-8, 2011)
For more information click on the link above. (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.

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.

Call for Proposals – International Conference on Transforming Conflict: Sharing Tools for Cross-Cultural Dialogue – Common Bond Institute – Amman, Jordan (July 21-24, 2011)
A Multi-disciplinary, Multi-cultural Conference empowering the individual in society with effective, collaborative skills of dialogue, interpersonal communication, teamwork, leadership, decision making, negotiation, problem solving, mediation, conflict resolution, and sustainable reconciliation. Deadline for proposals: June 15, 2011.

"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)
For more information click on the link above.

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

“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.

5th National Symposium on Dispute Resolution in Special Education – National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education, Eugene, OR, USA (October 26-28, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Is War Inevitable? An Interdisciplinary Conference – Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY, USA (February 25, 2012)
The theme of this conference is inspired by a correspondence between Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud.  In 1932 Einstein wrote to Freud and posed the question, “Is war inevitable?” This one-day conference will explore contemporary psychoanalytic and social psychological ideas about the problem of war. What have we learned in the last 80 years, since the Einstein/Freud correspondence?


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.

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

International Workshop on "Civil Society Participation in Intercultural Dialogue" – Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence "Intercultural Dialogue, Human Rights  & Multi-level Governance" of the University of Padua, Italy (May 9-10, 2011)
The workshop will focus on the relevance of civil society practices in intercultural dialogue seen from a comparative, European and interdisciplinary perspective.

Social Reconstruction and Human Security – United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Washington, DC, USA (May 9-13, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Intergroup Dialogue: The Art of Transforming Identity-Based Conflicts – United States Institute of Peace USIP), Washington, DC, USA (May 9-14, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

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

Conflict Transformation: Addressing the Concerns of our Schools, Families, and Communities - The Graduate Institute, Belthany, CT, USA (May 11, 2011)
Join Lisa Worth Huber for an exploration of the exciting new field of Conflict Transformation.

Governance and Democratic Practices in War to Peace Transitions Course – United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Washington, DC, USA (May 16-20, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Negotiation from Checkpoints to High Politics – United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Washington, DC, USA (May 16-20, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

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.

Conflict Prevention in Latin America – United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Washington, DC, USA (May 23-27, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Cultural Adaptability in Complex Operations – United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Washington, DC, USA (May 23-27, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

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.

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.

Mediation Training and Apprenticeship Program – Safe Horizon, New York, NY, USA (June 9-13, 2011, followed by 12-week Apprenticeship)
For more information click on the link above.

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

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 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.

Peacebuilding Organizations and Institutions – US Institute of Peace, Washington, DC, USA (June 14-17, 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)
For more information click on the link above.

Summer School on the International Criminal Court – Irish Centre for Human Rights – Galway, Ireland (June 19-23, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

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.

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 20-24, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Facing History Holocaust & Human Behavior Summer Seminar – John Carroll University, Cleveland, OH, USA (June 20-24, 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)
For more information click on the link above.

The Peaceful Schools Institute – Montgomery and Chester Counties, Philadelphia, PA, USA (Session I: June 21-23 and Session II: July 26-28, 2011)
Be a peace educator! The Institute is a 3-day interactive training jam-packed with practical strategies to reduce conflicts in the classroom, engage challenging students, facilitate classroom meetings, help students develop self-control, and decrease teasing and bullying behaviors.

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
For more information click on the link above. (Application deadline: June 24, 2011.)

Overseas Religious Engagement – US Institute of Peace, Washington, DC, USA (June 27-29, 2011)
This course offers skills to navigate respectfully within religious spaces and with religious leaders, as well as how and when to implement programming in partnership with religious communities. Note: The June 2011 iteration is the pilot of this course and therefore is free of charge.

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.

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.

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

2011 International Summer School "Understanding the way to human dignity" – Amnesty International Italy, CIRPS, and University Centre of Pomezia, Selva dei Pini College, Rome, Italy (July 11-17, 2011)
The aim of the course is to provide participants with a better understanding of the interlinked dimensions of exclusion, deprivation, insecurity and voicelessness. Deadline: May 15, 2011.

Delegation to Israel/Palestine –Today's Realities and Tomorrow's Leaders – Interfaith Peace-Builders and American Friends Service Committee (July 16-29, 2011)
This delegation, led by Mohammed Abu-Nimer and Emily Siegel will explore current realities of life for Israelis and Palestinians, including settlements, the occupation, and the peace process—by learning directly from those living there. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until late May 2011 or until the delegation fills.

Call for Applicants – The Peace Academy Foundation 4th Post Yugoslav Peace Academy, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (July 17-26, 2011)
This event is for persons from across the former Yugoslavia who are active in the fields of peacebuilding who seek to contribute to the advancement of peacebuilding practices and theory in the Post-Yugoslav Countries.

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.

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.)

Call for contributors and applicants – International Summerschool 'Peace and Human Rights Education – Utrecht, the Netherlands (August 1-12, 2011)
For more information click on the link above. (Deadline for participant applications: July 1, 2011.)

Facing History Race & Membership Summer Seminar – John Carroll University, Cleveland, OH, USA (August 1-5, 2011)
This seminar will explore the ways in which beliefs about race have shaped and challenged America’s identity.

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.

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.)

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

Certificate of Advanced Studies in Human Rights Education – University of Teacher Education Central Switzerland (PHZ), Lucerne, Switzerland (January-December 2012)
The practice-oriented CAS "Human Rights Education" aims to qualify the participants for a role as trainers and multipliers of human rights education for their specific context. Deadline: September 30, 2011.

 

Publications and Resources


Reflective Pedagogy, Cosmopolitanism, and Critical Peace Education for Political Efficacy: A Discussion of Betty A. Reardon’s Assessment of the Field
Betty Reardon and Dale Snauwaert recently published a dialogue on the pedagogy of reflective inquiry and its place in and importance for peace education.

Call for Book Chapter Proposals – Working title: Peace education evaluation: Learning from experience and exploring prospects (Information Age Press)
Despite the growing practice and research of peace education, programs often lack the tools and capacities for evaluation, which becomes under-valued and de-prioritized. This volume wants to: offer a critical reflection on theoretical and methodological issues regarding evaluation applied to peace education interventions; investigate existing methods; and propose ideas of evaluation. Proposals due: June 10, 2011; Notification of acceptance: July 1, 2011; Chapters due: November 20, 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.)

Culture of Peace in Young People’s View
Educational manual in the framework of the culture of peace.

Peace Road for Children: An education curriculum for youth peace clubs developed by World Vision Cambodia (free download)
An education curriculum for youth peace clubs developed by World Vision Cambodia. Responsible adults in communities can actively guide and empower youth by building their skills and confidence. Helping youth to become agents of change and peace benefits everyone.

The World Development Report 2011: Conflict, Security, and Development (free download)
This World Bank publication examines the changing nature of violence in the 21st century, and underlines the negative impact of repeated cycles of violence on a country or region’s development prospects.

Resource Bank for Games and Activities – Escola de Cultura de Pau
The Resource Bank makes available participative activities (role plays, group dynamics, and other methodologies) on peace education, conflict education, intercultural education, and education for international understanding. (50 activities posted in English, 100 activities posted in Spanish and Catalan.)

Trainers Guide to Successful Conflict Styles Workshop (free download)
Eighteen page step-by-step guide trainers guide for leading workshops on conflict style inventories. Assumes the five-style model based on the Mouton/Blake axis.

Culture of Peace in Young People’s View
This manual includes several activities to do with youth within the topic of culture of peace.

Realizing the Promise of the Whole-School Approach to Children’s Mental Health: A Practical Guide for Schools – National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention
This is a new SS/HS guide to implementing mental health promotion and prevention programs in elementary and middle schools.

Green Teacher free webinars
Green Teacher offers a series of free one hour webinars for teachers on a variety of environmental/outdoor learning topics.

ERC-L Human Rights Education Newsletter, Volume 9, Issue # 11 (April 2011)
The newsletter of Human Rights Education Associaties (HREA).

EduInfo Newsletter, April issue – UNESCO
The Profile of the month features 24-year old Palestinian peaceworker Ayman Qwaider. Interesting educational resources are available in this issue as well.

 

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.

Grants For Educational Resource Projects – Be Free Global
For more information click on the link above. (The deadline for application submission is May 2, 2011.)

Lecturer in Peacebuilding – Coventry University (UK) (… - May 31, 2013)
CPRS will launch a new MA in Peacebuilding in January 2012. The primary purpose of the lectureship is to undertake responsibilities for this new MA by participating in the organization and management of learning, teaching and assessment including acting as module leader. Closing date: May 20, 2011.

Administrative Assistant – The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) Peace Education Programs (PEP) (USA)
The PEP is part of The Prem Rawat Foundation’s outreach for global peace initiatives. It involves coordinating activities that help emphasize the goals of TPRF in addressing fundamental human needs, peace being one of them. These educational programs are workshops happening in prisons, hospitals, and with at-risk youth. Applications due May 30, 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.)

Partial scholarships for MA in Peace Studies at the World Peace Academy / University of Basel, Switzerland
A limited number of partial scholarships are available on a competitive basis for the MA in Advanced Studies in Peace and Conflict Transformation at the World Peace Academy / University of Basel. A Circle of Friends has been formed that seeks to endow a scholarship fund.

The Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Culturally Responsive Teaching
For more information click on the link above. (Deadline for applications: June 1, 2011.)

Various functions – The Culture of Peace Organization (CPO)
The Culture of Peace Organization was recently established by young peaceworkers in order to build the bridge between peace education and peacework. CPO welcomes applications for positions as on-site or remote volunteer, intern, fundraiser, administrator, or administrative assistant. CPO also welcomes inquiries for work in communications management or translation, as well as general inquiries for collaboration. Please respond by June 7, 2011.

Peace Studies Faculty Position – Conrad Grebel University College, a Mennonite College at the University of Waterloo, ON, Canada (beginning July 1, 2012)
For more information click on the link above. (The College will begin reviewing applications on August 1, 2011.)

Ursula Thrush Peace Seed Grants
For more information click on the link above. (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.)

Event Coordinator – One Common Unity, Washington, DC, USA
One Common Unity, a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, is looking for an intern to coordinate and promote OCU’s monthly community open-mic series called Voices of a Movement. Please email a resume and brief statement of interest (cover letter) to info@onecommonunity.org with “PR Internship Inquiry” in the subject line.

Graduate Program Manager – Kroc Institute for International Peace Studes, Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, IN, USA
This position is the main point of contact for students on administrative issues from the time they are admitted into a Kroc Institute academic program until graduation.

One-year full-time Visiting Assistant Professor – Georgetown University’s M.A. Program in Conflict Resolution (2011-2012 academic year) 
The Conflict Resolution program is housed in the Department of Government at Georgetown University. The CR program offers an innovative and rigorous curriculum which encompasses the core skills and multi-disciplinary knowledge needed to successfully pursue diverse career opportunities, both in the U.S. and abroad, related to conflict resolution.

PEACE Accepting Summer Internship Applications
PEACE, is creating its sixth annual summer camp experience for disadvantaged children and young adults throughout the Bay of Banderas this summer, and is accepting camp counselor internship applications from national and international students.

Education in Emergencies Coordinator – Plan Liberia, Monrovia, Liberia
In an effort to provide routine and improve the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people in the face of the emergency, Plan Liberia proposes to provide holistic education and child protection services for children and youth between 0 to 24 years in three catchment communities in Gbelleh Geh District, Nimba County.

Executive Director and President of the Executive Committee – Graduation Pledge Alliance
The Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility states: "I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work."