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School Suspensions Have Plunged: We Don’t Yet Know If That’s Good News

We are in the midst of a quiet revolution in school discipline. In the past five years, 27 states have revised their laws with the intention of reducing suspensions and expulsions. And, more than 50 of America’s largest school districts have also reformed their discipline policies — changes which collectively affect more than 6.35 million students.

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Will peace in Colombia mean progress for universities?

A range of recent programmes have attempted to make Colombia more globally competitive in higher education. Amongst these programs are new international summer schools that bring together about 300 Colombian academics and students with international experts, including Nobel prizewinners, to address one of the three key “pillars” – equity, education and peace – flagged up in the president’s National Development Plan.

The coming of peace is naturally welcomed, but universities seem cautious in their optimism about what it is likely to mean for them. Universidad del Norte’s Roa expects “great economic investments for the post-conflict transition” but sees no evidence that increased funds will be directed towards higher education.

50 year anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence” (April 4, 1967)

“Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence”, was delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1967, exactly one year before his assassination, at Riverside Church in New York City. The speech denounced the war in Vietnam and identified the triplets of evil: racism, materialism, and militarism.

International Peace Bureau Statement: A Prophetic Voice for Our Time – Honoring MLK Jr’s’ April 4, 1967 “Beyond Vietnam, Breaking the Silence” Speech

Fifty years ago, on April 4, 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a speech which rings across the decades. It is among the most remarkable expressions of prophetic moral, intellectual and spiritual courage. In his speech, King broke ranks with pragmatic critics within the U.S. Civil Rights movement who feared the political blowback of denouncing President Johnson’s catastrophic war in Indochina, and named the greatest obstacles to freedom in the United States – and the West: the triple evils of racism, militarism and extreme materialism. Like the wisdom of the Prophets of old, King’s words and call for a “revolution of values” are as incisive and inspiring today as they were five decades ago.

Australia gives P5-B assistance for education, peace in Mindanao

The Australia government has extended more than AUS$130 million for educational development in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and the country’s peace efforts in the Bangsamoro and with communist rebels. This was disclosed by Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop during the launch of Australia’s flagship program in the Philippines, “Education Pathways to Peace in Mindanao (PATHWAYS).”

Community-based learning for sustainable development

To stress to policymakers and other stakeholders the wide and far-reaching benefits of community-based learning, particularly in the light of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning has published a new policy brief, “Community-based learning for sustainable development.” This policy brief advances six principles of action to develop the role of community learning centres as the main delivery mechanism for community-based learning: responding, engaging, enabling, embedding, sustaining and transforming.

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Current Synergies and Future Collaborations: Possibilities for Peace Studies and Interfaith Leadership

Eboo Patel and Kristi Del Vecchio of Interfaith Youth Core encourage peace education and peace studies practitioners
to increase consideration of religious and philosophical diversity in their teaching. They also invite reciprocal collaboration toward integrating foundational ideas and methodologies from peace studies — such as non-violent conflict resolution skills — into the preparation of interfaith leaders.

Book review: Understanding peace cultures

“Understanding peace cultures,” edited by Rebecca L. Oxford, is a volume in the Information Age Press series: Peace Education, edited by Laura Finley & Robin Cooper. This review, authored by Sandra L. Candel, is one in a series co-published by the Global Campaign for Peace Education and In Factis Pax: Journal of Peace Education and Social Justice toward promoting peace education scholarship.

Final Conference of ‘Developing a culture of co-operation when teaching and learning history’ held in Cyprus

The Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR) organized, in cooperation with the Council of Europe (CoE), the final conference of ‘Developing a culture of co-operation when teaching and learning history’ on the 10th and 11th of March 2017 at the Home for Cooperation.

UNESCO ESD Leadership Training, designed by Earth Charter International, is piloted around the world

During February of 2017, over one hundred young sustainability leaders gathered in Dublin, Beirut, Nairobi, and New Delhi to train in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Leadership using a UNESCO curriculum developed by Earth Charter International (ECI).

Request for Applications: YouthPower Learning Grants for Advancing the Evidence Base for Gender-Transformative Positive Youth Development

Making Cents International under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded contract YouthPower Learning is launching a request for applications: “YouthPower Learning Grants for Advancing the Evidence Base for Gender-Transformative Positive Youth Development.” Application deadline: April 13, 2017.

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Teachers must ditch ‘neuromyth’ of learning styles, say scientists

Eminent academics from worlds of neuroscience, education and psychology voice concerns over popularity of method noting that it is ineffective, a waste of resources and potentially even damaging as it can lead to a fixed approach that could impair pupils’ potential to apply or adapt themselves to different ways of learning.

Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu

Security, education crucial to peace building – Minister of Education (Nigeria)

The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, says improving human security and education are crucial to peace-building and can only be achieved through the collective efforts of stakeholders. ““It is against this backdrop that the Federal Ministry of Education takes the issue of education of Nigerian child very seriously. They are the building blocks of peace in the society and our future.”