Issue #85 July 2011

Sports and Peace – Bridge-builder or Oxymoron?

Alyn WareAlyn Ware
Peace educator and nuclear disarmament expert from New Zealand

"Sport alone cannot enforce or maintain peace. But it has a vital role to play in building a better and more peaceful world." Dr Jacques Rogge, IOC President, October 2007

In 9th century BC Greece, a treaty between three kings established the Olympic Truce – a period when fighting ceased so that athletes and ordinary pilgrims could travel in total safety to the Olympic Games. As the opening of the Games approached, the sacred truce was proclaimed and announced by citizens of Elis who travelled throughout Greece to pass on the message.

When modern Olympics were established in 1894, the idea of sport as being able to bridge nations and bring about peace was revived in the Charter – "The goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of 'man', with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity." The Olympic torch is carried around the world prior to the games as a proclamation of peace.

Indeed the contact made between sportspeople and spectators of differing nations at the Olympics has most likely helped significantly in building bridges between nations.

On the other hand, the very nature of inter-national competition, which forms the basis of the Olympic Games, has led them to also be used to exacerbate conflict – including the attempt by Hitler to use the 1936 Olympics to demonstrate Aryan superiority, the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics, the propaganda used by Soviet and Western blocs equating numbers of gold medals with the superiority of their political systems, and the Western boycott of the 1980 Olympics protesting against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.

Other sports have equally checkered records in terms of either bridge-building or increasing conflicts between nations. The territorial and social conflicts between El Salvador and Honduras in the 1960s, for example, lapsed into “La Guerra del Fútbol” (the Football War) in 1969 following a riot between supporters of the two national football teams. Extreme competition between American football teams was also blamed for the 1994 assassination of Andres Escobar, the Colombian defender who scored an own-goal in a World Cup match against the USA.

On the other hand, sports matches between conflicting nations and groups have often been used to break down barriers and build peaceful relationships. Indian and Pakistani leaders have often used “cricket diplomacy” in this way. Recent football matches between Palestinians and Israelis have also been used to build peace between youth of both groups (See Football for Peace).

Sports definitely have a high profile – prompting many sports stars with consciences to use their fame to advance social causes. In New Zealand, for example, rugby league legend Ruben Wiki is one of the front people for White Ribbon Day – the national day of men calling for an end to domestic violence against women and children. The New Zealand Peace Foundation this year is utilizing the sports-fever surrounding the rugby world cup to encourage schools to undertake sports-and-peace related activities during the annual Schools Peace Week. Internationally, the organization Sports and Peace facilitates a range of sports-oriented peace-building programmes supported by sports stars.

The World Scholar Games bring together student athletes from around the world – and attempts to transform the competitive antagonism surrounding nationalism by forming mixed teams rather than nationally based teams. The Games also ensure that participants gain a greater understanding of peace by inviting them to participate in the World Youth Peace Summit, which is held just prior to the games.

Some peace educators go even further, arguing that competitive sports – even those that are organized with mixed teams – reinforce an us-versus-them, win-lose framework which is antithetical to the win-win framework required for conflict resolution and peace-making. In addition, competitive sports are exclusionary – favoring the able-bodied, well coordinated and physically fit over others. A new body of cooperative games and sports has thus been developed. Dale de Fevre, author of New Games, notes that “Everyone can play New Games regardless of age, ability, size, or gender. Ultimately, by cooperating in play, we learn to live together better.”

I have found cooperative sports – including those with a large 6ft earth-ball – to be an incredibly effective way in shifting a socially competitive and aggressive ethos in teenagers into a much more cooperative and community-building ethos. Teenage boys, in particular, initially try to ‘win’ in cooperative games through competition. When they fail, and switch instead to cooperative methods, it becomes a real eye-opener and transformative experience for them.

I have also found cooperative games are incredibly effective in conflict resolution workshops with diplomats - as long as the games are appropriately adapted to suit the themes of the workshop and conflicts being negotiated (see Juggling and the Kashmir/Jammu conflict).

Noam Chomsky may be correct in Manufacturing Consent, where he argues that sport is often used, especially in mass media, to distract the populace from challenging oppressive political structures. However, sport has an equally powerful possibility for being used to support positive inter-personal and social change including peacebuilding. It’s up to us as educators and social-change advocates to ensure that it is used more for the latter than the former.

Alyn Ware is a peace educator and nuclear disarmament expert from New Zealand. He has founded (or co-founded) a number of peace education projects including the Mobile Peace Van which travelled around rural schools in New Zealand teaching peace education, Our Planet in Every Classroom which distributed global education materials to schools, Cool Schools Peer Mediation Programme which trains students to be mediators and the UN Decade for a Culture of Peace Schools Outreach programme. He has served on a number of government advisory boards including one that established the Peace Studies Guidelines for schools and the Public Advisory Committee on Disarmament and Arms Control. He has received the UN Year for Peace Award, Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Award and the Right Livelihood (‘Alternate Nobel Peace Prize’) for his peace education and disarmament work.


Policy makers urged to back mainstreaming of peace education (Philippines)
(Sun Star) The Mindanao academe sector urged the policy makers Friday to institutionalize the mainstreaming of peace education in the country's educational system for its sustainable implementation. A study on the 53 Mindanao schools of peace by the Mindanao Studies Consortium Foundation Incorporated (MSCFI) revealed that the constant change of administration whether in the Department of Education's (DepEd) hierarchy or the local government units (LGU) remains a threat to implementing peace education.

Peace Education: Source of National Unity and Global Harmony
(TRANSCEND Media Service) Peace education consists in enabling people to lead a happy life through the development of their human resources for constructive purposes. The traditional saying has been: “Make someone happy and you will be happy too.” The development and achievement of peace and harmony creates for us a win-win situation.

Prospects in Peace Education – Centre for Peace Education at Manipur University (India)
Dr. Rev. John Lawrence Geissler, Humanitarian aid worker from the U.S. spoke on the theme of hope and suffering and shared stories of some of his visits to the conflict-ridden regions of the world, especially Sierra Leone, Pakistan, the erstwhile USSR, Honduras, Mexico, Haiti and parts of India. His emphasis was on the need to instill hope in the world’s downtrodden, and by visiting them also to help organize and build sustainable programs for peace. Dr Geissler’s involvement in promoting peace education focuses on providing humanitarian aid, medical care and counseling.

Global Giving: Peace Program (Help the Afghan Children) Addresses Root Causes of Violence (Afghanistan)
HTAC believes that giving children, their parents, and local communities the tools to address the root causes of violence while helping them embrace the principles of peaceful everyday living is the missing strategy in bringing peace and greater stability to this poor, war-torn country. In 2011, HTAC's innovative peace education program continues to make significant strides in changing long-held attitudes and counter-productive behaviors of children (and adults).

Briefing Kit for the Government of the Philippines + Children – Mindanao peace educators push for more ‘classhomes’ (Philippines)
During the 2011 Mindanao Peace Education Forum held at Hotel Elena, DepEd Region XII Regional Peace Coordinator Agney Taruc shared how Schools of Peace (SoP) in their region transformed teachers, students and their communities. SoP, according to Taruc, are academic institutions transformed by integrating peace education to the school curriculum.

The Arabic Education of Israel’s Jewish Students (multilingual education for coexistence) (Israel/Palestine)
With support from the Israeli Ministry of Education, the Abraham Fund’s Language as a Cultural Bridge program is paving the way toward mandatory Arabic classes for all Jewish students in public schools. “I hope that Israelis will understand that Arabic is crucial to their life, to peace and to security. This is part of our future, our coexistence, said Shlomo Alon, who heads the ministry’s Arabic education division.

Leading Peace Educators Pay Tribute to Judge Weeramantry (Sri Lanka)
Peter and Cora Weiss, two of the leading peace activists, educators and promoters in the world paid tribute to the wonderful contribution Judge Weeramantry has made toward eradicating the nuclear threat facing humanity and for promoting peace education all over the world.

Teachers peace education inspires Ayala National High School (Philippines)
(Zamboanga Today online) Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) through the Peace and Governance in Mindanao Project was able to give a clearer orientation about the need to institutionalize the Executive Order 570 that seeks to institutionalize peace education in the primary education and teacher education coursed through by Department of Education. Mr. Jupiter Pollisco, PGM Junior Project Coordinators disclosed that “it is inspiring to see the receptiveness of the teachers towards the said peace education orientation.”

Interview with Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Ambassador at Large for Women, Development, and Peace
(Peace X Peace) In a long and distinguished diplomatic career, Bangladesh Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury has been a tireless advocate for peace, women, children, and the poorest segment of humanity. He launched a pioneering UN initiative on the culture of peace and chaired the negotiations that led to the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace, followed by the International Decade for Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010).His initiative in March 2000 as the President of the Security Council achieved the political and conceptual breakthrough that led to the adoption of the ground breaking UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.

Interview with Paul K. Chappell: Myth-Buster and Strategic Wager of Peace
(Peace X Peace) Paul Chappell credits his officer training at West Point for encouraging him to question war. He volunteered to go to Iraq in a position where he hoped he could save lives. He read Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr., kept his eyes open, and published his first book, Will War Ever End? A Soldier’s Vision for Peace in the 21st Century, while still on active duty in 2007. By the time he published The End of War: How Waging Peace Can Save Humanity, Our Planet, and Our Future, in 2010, he had left the military to write, speak, and promote the skills of peace leadership.

Peace Education in the Field  

Unprepared for Peace: Education in Northern Uganda in Displacement and Beyond (Uganda)
All children have a right to education, including displaced children affected by conflict. Education during and after displacement is a vital component of successful recovery, because it gives people the tools they need to rebuild their communities. This case study is part of a series by IDMC on access to education for displaced children.

Workshop on Women and Peace – Sansristi and Pakistan India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD) (India)
In Bhubaneswar, India from 27th to 29th March 2011, under the aegis of PIPFPD- Odisha Chapter and Sansristi, a gender resource centre, a small group of activists, writers and scholars met to discuss UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women Peace and Security and its relevance in the Indian context. The objective was to set the momentum on a National Action Plan (NAP) for the implementation of SCR 1325 in India. Acclaimed academicians and experts (including PIPFPD members) representing the women’s equality movement in particular and development in general got together for intense deliberation on the issue. The keynote address was provided by Professor Betty Reardon.

Nonviolence facilitator promoting peace Kashmir (India)
(Daily India) A nonviolence facilitator, Ymani Simmons from the United States, organized a four-day peace workshop to spread mental peace among youths in Jammu and Kashmir. The core idea of organizing this workshop is to remind everyone that nonviolence is a choice, just as violence is a choice.

Peace Education Training Programme for Teachers (India)
CDR's Peace Education, initiative was born as a result of series of dialogues held with women and educationists in J&K. A major concern of Kashmiri women was that of their children growing up in the atmosphere of violence. This led to CDR and Kashmiri educationists developing resource material for a peace education training program for school teachers in J&K, to address the needs expressed by the women and educationists in the state.

IPB's Report from the Newark Peace Education Summit (USA)
The Newark Peace Summit was held from May 13-15, 2011 in the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Robert Treat Hotel in downtown Newark. The Summit set out to “illuminate common elements of peacemaking around the world” and “engage our potential to solve problems faced by individuals, families, communities, nations and ultimately all beings in the world we share.”

Philippine Society of National Service Training Program Educators and Implementers Officially Adopts GPFF's Peace Education Module for NSTP (Philippines)
More than 245 National Service Training Program (NSTP) facilitators, directors and educators concluded the “National Training for NSTP Trainers on the Implementation of Common Modules” by adapting GPFF’s proposed Peace Education Module among higher education institutions, colleges and universities in the Philippines, as their final output.

Action Alerts

U.S. Department of Education Invites Comments on School Bullying Law and Policy Plan
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) Policy and Program Studies Service (PPSS) is conducting an analysis of bullying laws and policies. The field data collection portion of the study will involve case studies conducted in 24 school sites nationwide to document state and local implementation of anti-bullying laws and policies. The study will examine how policies are influenced by state legislative requirements, including ways that state and district policies facilitate or create challenges for effective implementation. The study will aim to identify promising strategies that school districts are implementing to combat bullying in schools. This information will be used by ED to better support bullying prevention activities. Comments may be submitted electronically to ICDocketMgr@ed.gov or mailed to the U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, LBJ, Washington, DC 20202–4537 USA. Deadline for comment submission is August 1, 2011.

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.  

“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.

Peace Conference and Peace Education Training – African Centre for Peace Building, Accra, Ghana (July 15-17 OR July 28-31, 2011)
Click on the respective dates for two different programs.
The Education, Research and Training Department of the African Centre for Peace Building is organizing a one-day Peace Conferences on the theme: “Promoting Global Peace: the Role of Teachers, Students and Institutions”. There will be lectures, discussions and presentations of papers on: 1) Post Election Crises: a cases of Nigeria and Ivory Coast; 2) Sustainable peace building and Peace Education in the Northern Ghana; and 3) Leadership and Democracy. The Conference will be followed by a three-day training workshop entitled “Peace Education Certificate: Mastery of Teaching Peace Education.”

BePeace Foundations Course – Rasur Foundation International and National Peace Academy, Denton, TX, USA (July 18-21, 2011)
The BePeace Foundations Course is a 32-hour experience where you will learn five components that lead to practicing BePeace on a daily basis. In this course, you will become skilled in enhancing your intelligence by generating a feeling of appreciation and, therefore, achieving heart-brain coherence. Then you will learn to "speak peace" by connecting with your own feelings and needs, and of those around you, through empathy and honesty. The majority of the learning takes place in small groups with a trained BePeace facilitator. Register by July 14, 2011.

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.

International Conference on Transforming Conflict: Sharing Tools for Cross-Cultural Dialogue – Common Bond Institute – Amman, Jordan (July 21-24, 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.

Teacher Retreat for Nonviolence – Metta Center for Nonviolence, Dillon Beach, CA, USA (August 12-14, 2011)
The Metta Center is offering its first-ever weekend retreat for educators. Over the course of the retreat you will have the opportunity to learn about nonviolence, explore challenging topics for educators from a nonviolence perspective (such as creating a nonviolent atmosphere in your classroom), network with other educators on the cutting-edge of nonviolence education, and build curricula, lesson plans and other activities to gear you up for the start of a new school year. This course is designed for all levels of education, including home-school. Register by June 28, 2011.

World Peace Festival – Berlin, Germany (August 20-27, 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.

Youth and Violence: The Role of Education - Inspiring Solutions – Dawson College, Montreal, QC, Canada (September 29 – October 1, 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.

World Futures Studies Federation Conference: “Global Higher Education: Reflecting on the Past, Designing Sustainable Futures” – Global Higher Education Forum, Penang, Malaysia (December 13-15, 2011)
This conference is a unique and pioneering collaboration between the World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF), the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia, and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). The higher purpose of the conference is to increase the relevance of higher education to the complex global-societal and environmental issue of the 21st Century. This includes identifying and developing forms of learning that are innovative and creative, socially inclusive, environmentally and economically sustainable, and personally and culturally empowering.

Is War Inevitable? An Interdisciplinary Conference – Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY, USA (February 25, 2012)
For more information click on the link above.

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.

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.

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)
For more information click on the link above.

Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation Certification Training – Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT, USA (July 11-23, 2011)
This intensive training seminar is based on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s philosophy of nonviolence and provides participants with an introduction to nonviolence conflict reconciliation. The seminar is ideal for teachers, students, counselors, social workers, human-rights activists, business managers, law enforcement, health care workers, clergy, and all those interested in acquiring the skills necessary for promoting peace, nonviolent social change, and community building.

Delegation to Israel/Palestine –Today's Realities and Tomorrow's Leaders – Interfaith Peace-Builders and American Friends Service Committee (July 16-29, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive (PPI) – National Peace Academy (NPA), Champlain College in Burlington, VT, USA (July 17-23, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

The Peace Academy Foundation 4th Post Yugoslav Peace Academy, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (July 17-26, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Conflict Analysis in Africa's Great Lakes Region – United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Washington, DC (July 18-19, 2011)
This two-day workshop examines sources of conflict in Africa's Great Lakes region, focusing on the challenges of stabilizing lightly governed regions such as northern and eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and northern Uganda. Participants examine potential sources of social and political resilience in these regions that may be tapped to support post-conflict recovery efforts and promote stable peace.

Advanced Issues in Strategic Arms Control – United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Washington, DC, USA (July 25-29, 2011)
This course provides an introduction to the major arms control issues of the early twenty-first century, including strategic arms reductions, fissile material cutoff, nuclear testing, space, and cybersecurity. The course provides an in-depth look at the objectives and evolution of strategic nuclear arms control from SALT 1 to the present day, and examines critical decisions in arms control and the implications for world security, including potential avenues for a New START follow-on, prospects for bringing third party countries into negotiations, and the nuclear zero issue.

International Summer University: "How can the Earth be healed?" – Tamera Peace Research Center, Portugal (July 25 – August 3, 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.

The Peaceful Schools Institute – Montgomery and Chester Counties, Philadelphia, PA, USA (Session I: June 21-23 and Session II: July 26-28, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Call for applicants – International Summerschool 'Peace and Human Rights Education’ – Utrecht, the Netherlands (July 31 – August 12, 2011)
For more information click on the link above. (Deadline for participant applications: July 1, 2011.)

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.)

Facing History Race & Membership Summer Seminar – John Carroll University, Cleveland, OH, USA (August 1-5, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

International Seminar on Educational Policy and Governance for Citizenship, Diversity, Human Rights and the Environment – Universidade Católica of Brasília (UCB and Universa Foundation, Brasilia, Brazil (August 2-6, 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.

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.)

TechChange Online Courses in "Technology for Social Change" for Fall 2011 (September 5-23 / September 26 – October 14 / October 16 – November 4, 2011)
For more information click on the link above. (Deadline: July 31, 2011.)

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

Site in Spanish Posgrado en Cultura de Paz y Convivencia Social: Aplicaciones Practicas (Postgraduate Degree in the Culture of Peace and Social Tolerance: Practical Applications) (November 11-30, 2011)
One of the current problems in complex societies is social cohesion and peace between different cultures. States, institutions and civil society have recognized the value of the Culture of Peace with the goal of building a world where a series of values, attitudes and behaviors prevail which reject violence and manage conflicts by mediating dialogue between persons, groups and nations. This 15 credit postgraduate course at the Universitat de Barcelona attempts to explore these concepts in depth.

International Human Rights Day Student Symposium: “Human Rights in the Asia-Pacific 1931-1945” Vancouver Technical Secondary School, Vancouver, BC, Canada (December 8-9, 2011)
This International Human Rights Day Student Symposium (IHRDSS) has been organized to help students better understand and reflect on issues of human rights violations during the Asia-Pacific War (1931- 1945) and to make connections to present day local and global issues. The 1st & 2nd IHRDSS held in 2009 & 2010 were resoundingly successful with encouraging feedback from participating teachers and students. Register by October 30, 2011.

Certificate of Advanced Studies in Human Rights Education – University of Teacher Education Central Switzerland (PHZ), Lucerne, Switzerland (January-December 2012)
For more information click on the link above. (Deadline: September 30, 2011.)

Call for expression of interest – International Seminar on "Teacher Education for Peace and Harmony" – Department of Education, BTT College, IASE University, Sardarshahr, Rajasthan, India (February 11-13, 2012)
If interested, please email Dr. Surendra Pathak by clicking on the link above.

American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting: “Non Satis Scire: To Know Is not Enough” – Vancouver, BC, Canada (April 13-17, 2012)
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results. The portal to submit proposals to the Peace Education SIG of the 2012 annual conference will open June 1, and can be accessed through the organization’s website. Deadline to submit proposals is July 22, 2011. Deadline to volunteer as discussant or chair is August 31, 2011.


Publications and Resources

New Issue of In Factis Pax: the online Journal of Peace Education
The current issue of In Factis Pax constitutes the third installment of a special issue on Skills, Values, and Beliefs for Today’s Democratic Citizenship. This issue mainly focuses on the questions: What pedagogical methods best develop democratic capacities? Do current educational frameworks account for the demands of today’s democratic citizenship? It offers a thoughtful exploration and discussion of pedagogical approaches and pedagogical conceptualizations regarding the education of democratic citizens.

Call for Submissions – “Assessing the Impact of Peace Education Training Programs”
For more information click on the link above. (Deadline: July 31, 2011.)

“Cultivate a Culture of Human Rights” (Issue Number II, June 2011) – Centre for Human Rights and Sustainable Development Education, Montfort Social Institute
Newsletter from the Montfort Social Institute regarding the push for a culture of human rights in India.

Geopeace: An Homage to Peace History
Geopeace involves an interdisciplinary study that aims to bring together the history of peace with the objectives of search and study as well as historical personages that have made a contribution to “positive peace.” With this study it is demonstrated that we also descend from peaceful heritage and not only from warriors; and that knowledge about the history of peace may contribute means to solve contemporary conflicts.

Site in Italian "Pace, Conflitti e Violenza": Giornale della Società Italiana di Scienze Psicosociali per la Pace ("Peace, Conflicts and Violence": Journal of the Italian Society of Psychosocial Sciences for Peace) - SISPA
The Italian Society of Psychosocial Sciences for Peace (SISPA), is a professional scientific association committed to forms of peaceful living following the principles of justice, social equality, participatory democracy, tolerance, social solidarity, interethnic and interreligious integration, freedom of expression and the guarantee of human rights.

Peace Education Resources – Peace One Day, UK
The resources are designed to enable students to develop a sense of perspective in relation to our multicultural and interdependent world. Reflective individual and group activities, critical thinking, creative exploration and communication technology are core components of the Resource. Through such experiences students will have opportunities to gain an awareness of Peace Day and what it stands for, as well the sense that they too, as global citizens, have an active role to play.

Nobel Peace Laureate Project Curricula
Biographical lessons have been prepared for each of the twenty-four American Nobel Peace Prize Laureates to show the many ways people can contribute to a more peaceful world and to inspire future peacemakers. The emphasis is on what these people and groups did to gain worldwide acclaim for their efforts to bring about a more peaceful world.

Peace Education Program and Contents – Manuals from UNESCO, UNHCR, UNICEF and INEE
The Peace Education Program teaches the skills and values associated with peaceful behaviors. The program is designed to enable and encourage people to think constructively about issues, both physical and social and to develop constructive attitudes towards living together and solving problems that arise in their communities through peaceful means.

New book: “Fugitive Cultures: Race, Violence, and Youth” 
Fugitive Cultures examines how youth are being increasingly subjected to racial stereotyping and violence in various realms of popular culture, especially children's culture. But rather than dismissing popular culture, Henry Giroux addresses its political and pedagogical value as a site of critique and learning and calls for a reinvigorated critical relationship between cultural studies and those diverse cultural workers committed to expanding the possibilities and practices of democratic public life.

Peace Education and Action Center – Sarasota, FL, USA
The Peace Education and Action Center will serve as a resource center for educators, youth and families on topics related to justice, peacemaking, and nonviolence. The Center will build a stronger community by providing youth and adults with the tools, strategies, and experiences needed to honor differences and resolve conflicts peacefully.

The Power of Peace Network
The Power of Peace Network (PPN) is an interactive platform that seeks to harness innovative mechanisms to promote a culture of peace and dialogue, especially with the youth taking the lead role, through media and ICTs. It was initiated by UNESCO with the aim to increase mutual understanding around the world by supporting diverse social and cultural dialogue and self-expression through modern tools of information and communication.

Beyond War – Portland, OR, USA
Beyond War is an educational organization that has been working since 1984 to support a growing movement to change planetary thinking about war.Nuclear wars cannot be won. Conventional wars are not only too expensive, they can escalate to the nuclear level. War cannot overcome terrorism.

Book: “Addressing Ethnic Conflict through Peace Education: International Perspectives
Edited by Zvi Bekerman and Claire McGlynn (2007), the volume explores the impact of innovative long term methods of pursuing peace and reconciliation such as the creation of integrated schools and/or policy whose central aim is the celebration of diversity and rejection of prejudice in countries where prolonged interracial or interethnic conflict has scarred society.

Peace Education Experiential Activities – Teacher Planet
Teacher Planet indexes several experiential activities for peace education.


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.

Senior Officer, Promotion of a Culture of Nonviolence and Peace – International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Geneva, Switzerland (two years)
For more information click on the link above.

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.)

Residence Coordinator – United World College, Costa Rica (beginning August 2011)
The position is half time residence coordinator and half time psychologist (or counselor). The candidate must be fluent in English and Spanish. Applicants will be in a college area that supports and promotes community development and take into account the needs of members and the implementation of school values: intercultural understanding, conflict resolution and sustainability. Email catalina.vaughan@uwccostarica.org for more information.

Say Your Peace: A Video Contest Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 – September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows
The Say Your Peace contest grew out of a desire for September 11th families to hear how individual Americans think our nation can respond alternatively to terrorism and violence. These September 11th family members reject further violence as a legitimate response, and are often asked, “What would you do differently?” This contest provides a venue for you to answer that vital question. The best 30-second video will be awarded $1,000. Video entries must be received by August 15, 2011. Winners announced before September 11, 2011.

Call for applications – Rotary Peace Fellowship
For more information click on the link above. (Deadline is August 15, 2011.)

Weinstein International Fellowship Program – JAMS Resolution Centers, USA
The Weinstein Fellowship, inaugurated in 2008, provides opportunities for individuals from outside the United States to visit the U.S. to learn more about dispute resolution processes and practices and to pursue a project of their own design that serves to advance the resolution of disputes in their home countries. The JAMS Foundation Board of Directors will approve Fellowships of up to $25,000 in support of projects outlined by Fellowship applicants. This program is intended to be flexible and open to innovation, and applicants are encouraged to develop proposals that will increase the availability of dispute resolution education, training and services in their home countries and beyond. Deadline to apply is December 2, 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.)

Year-Long Paid International Education Program/Communications Fellowship, One Voice, New York, NY, USA
For more information click on the link above.

Grants for human rights education activities – OHCHR ACT Project 7th phase
For more information click on the link above.

Curriculum Development Internship – Connect To Learn, New York, NY, USA (summer 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Primary and Pre-Primary Teachers – Peace Education Foundation, New Delhi, India
For the Primary Teacher posting, click here. For the Pre-Primary Teacher posting, click here.

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is seeking a National Education Coordinator & an Education Intern
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is an innovative award-winning non-profit journalism organization dedicated to supporting the independent international journalism that U.S. media organizations are increasingly less able to undertake. The Center's educational programs provide students with fresh information on global issues, help them think critically about the creation and dissemination of news, and inspire them to become active consumers and producers of information.  Deadline to apply: July 19, 2011; early applications appreciated.