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European Ministers back education for democracy to counter extremism, racism

Education ministers and officials from 50 countries attended the Council of Europe Standing Conference of Ministers of Education, in Brussels from 11-12 April, 2016, to discuss the theme “”Securing democracy through education: The development of a Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture”.

Students sharing about a conflict they experienced. (Photo: David J Smith)

Peacebuilding as a Means to Civic Engagement (USA)

(David J Smith) The College of the Canyons (COC) recently launched a civic engagement initiative. Increasingly it is recognized the important role that colleges can play in providing opportunities for students to participate in democratic processes and community activities. COC has taken a meaningful step forward in establishing a center to take on this effort. I was recently invited to visit to speak with students, faculty, and staff about the peacebuilding/civic engagement connection, and approaches that might be taken by COC to advance looking at conflict and peace issues. My objective was to provide the college with an understanding of how peacebuilding related education and activities could be a strategy for advancing civic engagement.

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.”

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 […]

Neoliberalism, Privatization, and the Crisis of Education

(Original article: Harry Targ, Diary of a Heartland Radical, Nov. 14, 2015) Introduction In August, 2015 12 parents in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago launched a 34 day hunger strike to protest the closing of a neighborhood high school. Their demands, along with its reopening, included the establishment of a green jobs oriented curriculum that […]

This report introduces new thinking and evidence about Positive Peace: the attitudes, institutions and structures which create and sustain peaceful societies.

Positive Peace Report 2015

(Original article: Vision of Humanity, 10-22-2015) Positive Peace is a transformational approach to achieving development, resilience and peace. It offers an alternative perspective to identify and measure long-term investments that create an optimum environment for human potential to flourish.  Download the report Positive Peace is a new approach to identify and measure long-term investments that create sustainable […]

"Curriculum Development and Review for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education" by Felisa Tibbitts (screen grab of publication cover)

Curriculum Development and Review for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education

Prepared by Felisa Tibbitts for UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and the Organization of American States (2015). From the Foreword: Education for democratic citizenship and human rights education are vital for the achievement of peaceful, sustainable and inclusive societies based on respect for the human rights […]

Nepal: lessons from integrating peace, human rights, and civic education into social studies curricula and textbooks.

Nepal: lessons from integrating peace, human rights, and civic education into social studies curricula and textbooks

(Case study posted on UNESCO Clearing House on Global Citizenship Education – Hosted by APCEIU) Summary:  This case study examines the process undertaken by the Ministry of Education (MoE) in collaboration with development partners to revise the social studies curriculum in Nepal. The aim was to promote education for peace, human rights, and civic education […]

Criminalizing War and Those Who Make It

  Download this article: Criminalizing War and Those Who Make It (*Photo caption: Nuremberg Trials. Hermann Göring at the left edge on the first row of benches.) Betty A. ReardonFounding Director Emeritus, International Institute on Peace Education(Originally posted: June 2013) War is a Crime against Humanity and Global Civil Order As members of global civil society committed to global […]

Upholding a Human Right to Peace

   Download this article: Upholding a Human Right to Peace. (*Photo caption: The First Hague International Peace Conference in 1899) In a groundbreaking session at the United Nations on June 6, 2013 members of civil society opened a very significant inquiry into fundamental questions of the desirability and possibilities of bringing an end to war. […]

Global Citizenship Education – a Timely Term for Peace Education?

Werner Wintersteiner Centre of Peace Research and Peace Education, Klagenfurt University, Austria(Featured Article: Issue #108 September/October 2013) “The future of the human genre [species] is now situated on a planetary scale. This is another essential reality neglected by education that should become a major subject. Knowledge of current planetary developments that will undoubtedly accelerate in […]

Redefining the Educational Form: Peace Education through Escuela Nueva

Matthias Rüst Consultant for Peace Education at Fundación Escuela Nueva, Colombia(Featured article: Issue #96 July 2012) In his article The Substance of Peace Education, Magnus Haavelsrud makes a case to analyze peace education through the lenses of three major components: form (pedagogy), content and structure. Introducing and relating the three components to each other, he […]

Democracy, Public Reason and Peace Education

Dale T. Snauwaert Associate Professor of Educational Theory and Social Foundations of Education at The University of Toledo Director and founder of the Center for Nonviolence and Democratic Education at The University of Toledo Editor, In Factis Pax: Online Journal of Peace Education and Social Justice  (Welcome letter:Issue #88 November 2011) Peace education, as Betty Reardon suggests, […]

Reflexiones sobre Educación y Paz: Acerca del Campeonato Mundial de Foot Ball y la Educación por la Cultura de Paz

Alicia Cabezudo Barcelona, Junio / 2010 Podría presentarse la vida escolar de los chicos de hoy como una imaginaria “línea de fuego” por la que se cruzan – en distintas direcciones –  las múltiples violencias que aquejan al conjunto de la sociedad. Violencia del sistema socio-económico, con sus ajustes sucesivos y creación consiguiente de estrecheces, […]

Reflections on the World Cup & Education for a Culture of Peace

Alicia Cabezudo Escuela de Ciencias de la Educación, Universidad Nacional de Rosario UNR – Rosario Argentinaemail: [email protected] Barcelona, June  2010 (Please click here for the original Spanish version of this welcome letter) School life of children today can be seen as an imaginary “line of fire” crisscrossed by diverse types of violence: violence of the socio-economic system, […]

Learning from our Students’ Creative Nonviolent Actions: Lessons on Human Rights, Peace and Democracy

Anita Yudkin-Suliveres and Anaida Pascual-Morán UNESCO Chair for Peace Education, University of Puerto RicoCátedra UNESCO de Educación para la Paz, Universidad de Puerto Ricoemail: [email protected]: http://unescopaz.uprrp.edu/ (Welcome letter:Issue ##73 May / June 2010)   As peace educators we seek to develop understanding of the interconnections between peace, democracy, human rights, and nonviolent action. This is the […]