115 adults and youth of all races, from many faiths and diverse neighborhoods, sat face-to-face to begin a communication renaissance and create a culture of connection.

Who are They, Anyway? Finally meeting the strangers in our own land

Libby and Len Traubman, founders of the Beyond War Movement of the 1980s, are inviting people from their community to participate in an open process of respectful communication, beginning with a new quality of listening to one another, to everyone. “We’re confident that this local public action to know the ‘other’ will give voices to the unheard and dignify everyone, especially the listeners.”

The People’s Report Card: Assessing the Sustainable Development Goals

Global Citizen has teamed up with the Social Progress Imperative to launch ‘The People’s Report Card’. It’s a Report Card on the progress that the world as whole and each of the countries of the world is making against the Sustainable Development Goals. It’s the People’s Report Card because it is a tool for citizens everywhere to check on how whether their leaders are living up to their promises.

Campus Election Engagement Project

Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) is a national nonpartisan project that helps America’s colleges and universities motivate their 20 million students to register, volunteer in campaigns, educate themselves, and turn out at the polls. They focus on how administrators, faculty, staff, and student leaders can help engage students, and they’re now engaging schools for the 2016 elections.

A peace-building response to the rise of ‘Trumpism’

In this OpEd, Cheryl Duckworth suggests we must mainstream peace education in every American student’s classroom to teach them to resolve conflict without violence, to respect multiple historical narratives of conflicts past, to be able to identify scapegoating and to value human rights. Global citizenship education, a sister of peace education, strengthens a nation by ensuring its youth have intercultural skills and global awareness.

Patrick Asuquo Effiwatt is the head boy at Township Primary school in Plateau State, Nigeria. He is also one of the student leaders in the school's Peace Club. (MCC Photo/Dave Klassen)

Peace education in photos (Mennonite Central Committee)

The Mennonite Central Committee’s Global Family education program supports nine projects that focus on peace education. Students learn about diversity, forgiveness and the skills they need to mediate conflicts between their peers. These programs are all located in places that have a history of violent conflict, and our local partners believe that the children who learn nonviolence have the potential to grow to be leaders of change. This article introduces several Global Family peace projects around the world in photos.

Peace Exchange Community of Practice

USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation, in collaboration with DME for Peace, recently launched PEACE EXCHANGE. Peace Exchange is an open, online platform hosted on DME for Peace where anyone with a commitment to conflict sensitivity can share their experiences and resources on conflict sensitive practices, tools and literature. The community will help practitioners and organizations improve integration of conflict sensitive and peacebuilding approaches into development and humanitarian assistance trainings and programs.

The purpose of this report card is to assess each state’s commitment to its public schools and to let the public know what policies and practices will make their public schools stronger.

The Network for Public Education – “Valuing Public Education: A 50 State Report Card”

From the introduction to the report by Diane Ravitch: “The Network for Public Education believes that public education is a pillar of our democratic society. We believe that public schools can serve all students well, inspire their intrinsic motivation, and prepare them to make responsible choices for themselves and for our society… Educating all children is a civic responsibility, not a consumer good. Sustaining a public education system of high quality is a job for the entire community, whether or not they have children in public schools and even if they have no children. An investment in the community’s children is an investment in the future, a duty we all share.”

Eighty-six-year-old Fumiko Shimabukuro devotes herself to resisting a police officer forcibly removing her from the front of Camp Schwab’s gate on the morning of October 29 in Henoko, Nago City (Photo: Ryukyu Shimpo)

Civil Resistance to Militarization: A Glimpse of Okinawa’s Nonviolent, Courageous and Tenacious Struggle for a Democratic Security Policy

This report, by Betty Reardon, is written in support of base reduction and withdrawal and in solidarity with the courageous people of Okinawa in their nonviolent resistance to the militarization that reduces their security and detracts from the quality of their daily lives. The Okinawa experience provides an educationally fruitful case for learning some of the vivid particularities of local civil society actions as a realm in which to exercise global citizenship. Similar actions are undertaken in other locations of long-term US military presence. Study of the international anti-base movement could illuminate the destructive consequences of the current militarized global security system to the well-being of host communities, undermining the human security of local populations. Further, and more important to the normative and ethical dimensions of peace education, these civil society actions are vivid examples of the refusal of base communities to accept the powerlessness that security policy makers assume when they make the decisions that ignore the will and welfare of the citizens most affected.

First Peace Education Training in Chin State, Myanmar

First Peace Education Training in Chin State, Myanmar

December 21-22 2015, The Institute for Security & Development Policy and the Myanmar Minerva Education Center (MMEC) supported the first ever peace education training to be held in Chin State, Myanmar. The training was organized by DAWN, which is one of the largest civil society organizations in Chin State. The workshop focused on political dialogue and was held in Tedim with 31 participants.

Handbook on Human Security

Handbook on Human Security

Human security aims to address the root causes of today’s crises, ensuring the rights and needs of people, and addressing the root causes of conflict: citizens who live with dignity and have hope for their future rarely take up arms or join extremist movements. The Alliance for Peacebuilding’s Director of Human Security, Lisa Schirch, has spearheaded a comprehensive, three-year project culminating in a first-ever handbook and online training curriculum, along with a compilation of case studies illustrating successful civil-military collaborations, and a policy brief outlining key guidelines for policymakers.

"Freedom From Corruption: A Curriculum for People Power Movements, Campaigns and Civic Initiatives" by Shaazka Beyerle

Freedom From Corruption: A Curriculum for People Power Movements,Campaigns and Civic Initiatives

Following the release of her groundbreaking book, Curtailing Corruption: People Power for Accountability and Justice, Shaazka Beyerle has just published a free curriculum for members of civil society, activists, organizers, and concerned citizens about how to effectively struggle against corruption from the bottom up. Download the Freedom From Corruption curriculum here. “Freedom From Corruption: A Curriculum for […]

A Peacebuilding Approach to Teaching About Extremism

(Original article: David J. Smith, Huffington Post, Dec. 2, 2015) The recent attacks in Paris and elsewhere remind us of the global instability that we often take for granted. The events have now settled into our subconscious, and we and the news cycle have moved along. But for youth who might have limited experience with […]

Students are protesting against racial injustice across campuses. Image: Max Goldberg, CC BY

Here’s how history is shaping the #studentblackout movement

(Original article: Marshall Ganz, The Conversation) Students are protesting over racism across campuses in the United States. We asked Marshall Ganz, who dropped out of Harvard as an undergraduate to be an organizer in 1964 and now teaches organizing and leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, to discuss the significance of these protests and the […]

Dr. Carlos Alberto Torres, President of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES)

Connecting peace education, education for sustainable development & global citizenship education to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda

A Peace Education Manifesto and the role of WCCES. From the desk of World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES) President Carlos Alberto Torres. Our age of global interdependence is being marked not only by the dialectics of the global and the local that we will discuss in Beijing, but also by the dialectics of terrorism and anti-terrorism. I am writing to you as President of WCCES but also as a victim of state terrorism in Argentina that forced me to exile. I would like to invite the WCCES to a dialogue about our moral responsibilities.

Peace Clubs promote culture of peace, tolerance (Zimbabwe)

(Original article: crisiszimbabwe.org, Nov. 13, 2015) In an effort to address issues of political violence and promote a culture of tolerance, villagers from Buhera West have united to focus on fostering unity in their area. The villagers from Manjengwa Village in Buhera West Ward 5 have united under Peace Clubs, an initiative by Heal Zimbabwe […]