In the Czech Republic, since 2013 there has been a Ministry of Defence programme known as POKOS: “Preparing citizens to defend the state”. The main interest of the program is to publicize the activities of the Army.
With this posting the Global Campaign for Peace Education begins a series on “Disarmament Education for Global Citizenship.” Each posting will address a concept, transition strategy, nonviolent global institution or civil society initiative that could be a practical component of a disarmed world.
We start with this video on Unarmed Civilian Protection, a civil society initiative undertaken by the Nonviolent Peace Force in various conflict areas of the world, similar to actions undertaken by various non-governmental organizations. We view it as a possible component of a preferred future global security system that actually functions now in the present highly armed, excessively violent security system.
This free online course is offered by Stanford University in partnership with The William J Perry Project, an initiative created by the former Secretary of Defense to work towards a world in which nuclear weapons are never used again. The key goals of this course are to warn you of the dangers you face and to give you some insight on what could be done to avoid those dangers. The course differs from many others in a fundamental way: our goal is not just to provide facts for your education, but to inspire you to take action.
In this interview Reardon discusses human dignity, militarism and sexism, and general and complete disarmament as fundamental goals of comprehensive peace education. Published on Common Threads, a blog of Soka Gakkai International, this is an excerpt from a longer interview carried out in collaboration with the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was published in the July 2015 issue of the SGI Quarterly magazine.
The Seventh Biennial Report of the UN Secretary-General on Disarmament and Non-proliferation Education (A/71/124) was submitted to the 71st session of the General Assembly to review the implementation of the recommendations of the United Nations study on disarmament and non-proliferation education. The report includes implementation summaries from governments and several civil society organizations.
The Global Campaign for Peace Education is collaborating with the International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE) and partnering with the International Peace Bureau (IPB) to develop a special peace education strand on military and social spending at the IPB World Congress 2016. The theme for the Congress is ““Disarm! For a Climate of Peace – Creating an Action Agenda.” The aim of the IPB World Congress 2016 is to bring the issue of military spending, often seen as technical question, into the broad public debate and to strengthen our global community of activism regarding disarmament and demilitarization. Solutions to the enormous global challenges of hunger, jobs, and climate change can be significantly enhanced by real disarmament steps – steps that need to be clearly formulated and put into political reality.
IIPE & GCPE’s participation is intended to integrate educational perspectives, including formal and non-formal, public and community-based learning strategies, into the policy & citizen action recommendations generated at the Congress. IIPE & GCPE are also encouraging educators to participate in the Congress to learn from the experience and perspectives of activist and policy-maker counterparts.