Peace activists from around the world were awarded at the sixth annual Luxembourg Peace Prize on 30 June

Luxembourg Peace Prize 2017 honors Outstanding Peace Education efforts of UWC

Peace activists from around the world were awarded at the sixth annual Luxembourg Peace Prize on June 30 in Luxembourg. The Outstanding Peace Education award was granted to United World Colleges for their educational movement with the mission “to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.”

(Photo: Aegis Trust)

Building Resilience to Genocide through Peace Education: Concepts, Methods, Tools and Impact

A three-day Colloquium in Kigali in February brought together academics and practitioners in and around the field of peace education to share concepts, methods and means of measuring impact, contributing to a stronger evidence base for the effectiveness of peace education. 

Avery Trinh discusses restorative justice in an afternoon panel during the second Restorative Justice in Education Academy at Eastern Mennonite University. Trinh, a rising senior at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Maryland, joined teachers and administrators to provide reflections about restorative justice in education. (Photos by Joaquin Sosa)

Educators learn how restorative justice can shift discipline from punishment to transformation at two-day ‘academy’

The EMU hosted academy seeks to provide the educational community with principals and practices to create just and equitable learning environments that foster healthy relationships and transform conflict.

Antony Owen: Author of "The Nagasaki Elder"

A new peace poetry collection on the atomic bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki

“The Nagasaki Elder” by Antony Owen is a poignantly vivid account of the suffering endured by civilians caught up in both the immediate and long term aftermath of the atomic bombings on Japan. This is an essential poetry collection for peace educators.

Virtual Immersion Training For Peacebuilders: “Mission Zhobia – Winning The Peace”

Imagine peacebuilding practitioners immersed in a virtual scenario where they hone skills in critical areas of peacebuilding. What if these professionals could learn by doing in a safe environment where failure had no real-life consequences? Thanks to a new online game called, Mission Zhobia: Winning the Peace, the idea is more than a dream. It’s a reality.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Adviser, Saferworld, London

Saferworld is an independent non-governmental organisation that works to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives.  The purpose of the post is to ensure that the impact of Saferworld’s work is identified, shared, learned from and communicated to key stakeholders, working across the organisation and developing and managing processes which enable this.  The postholder will lead on accountability to strategic and cross-organisational donors

Rotary Peace Fellows started teaching each other about their respective specialisms in the peace field. (Photo: Dhruti Shah - BBC)

Is a peace scholarship worth pursuing?

(Dhruti Shah for the BBC) In 1948, peacemaker Gladys Muir established what is believed to be the world’s first undergraduate programme in peace studies, at Manchester College, in Indiana, in the US. Peace and conflict study courses are on offer at universities and educational centres around the world.

Book Review – A global security system: an alternative to war. 2016 edition

A global security system summarizes some key proposals for ending war and developing alternative approaches to global security that have been advanced over the past half century. The report also asserts that a sustainable peace is possible and an alternative security system necessary to attain it. Moreover, it is not necessary to start from scratch; much of the groundwork for an alternative security system is already in place.

Adult literacy and education program. (Photo: Zofeen Ebrahim/ IPS)

Education, a Building Block for Sustainable Peace

Sustainable Development Goal #4 seeks to provide inclusive, equitable, and quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all –
but after 2 years of pursuing this goal the question of ‘how’ still remains. The UN convened a high-level meeting to help answer this question. “Access to quality education is not only a goal in itself, but a fundamental building block of creating a better world of sustainable peace, prosperity, and development,” said current General Assembly President Peter Thomson during the opening segment.

Students at a Bridge International Academies school in Liberia. (Photo: Diana Zeyneb Alhindawi for The New York Times)

Can a Tech Start-Up Successfully Educate Children in the Developing World?

Bridge International Academies — a chain of inexpensive private schools — has ambitious plans to revolutionize education for poor children. But can its for-profit model work in some of the most impoverished places on Earth? Peg Tyre’s report for the New York Times Magazine examines positive and negative impacts of the model.

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Peace Elitism

How can we consider peace so that all Americans recognize that their welfare and prosperity are tied to it? How can peace be democratized in a way that people of all economic, ethnic, and social backgrounds can embrace its aims? Why must peace be something that West Coast Prius owners embrace, but West Virginia coal miners do not? Peace has an elitism problem.

Photography students created images expressing their visions of peace.

Connecting to the Global Goals through Experiential Learning

We must be committed to offering a wide-range of initiatives to enable our students to become globally proficient, so they may successfully fulfill their roles as Global Citizens with an appreciation of our common humanity. We must aim to foster habits of mind, and a sense of global responsibility. This includes stepping out of traditional learning zones and comfort zones, to build skills necessary for cultural empathy, interaction, and future cross collaboration. ​