More Peace Please: Brazilian youth create posters for a school-wide ethics campaign

ABA Global School is an IB World School in Recife, Brazil that offers a bilingual program for children aged 2 to 10 years old. The 5-year students are engaged in a school-wide ethics campaign which they entitled “More Peace Please.” They have been learning the basics of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and are doing their best to create personalized pro-peace action plans for each of the school’s eight cohorts.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed AlNahyan. (Photo: WAM)

UAE schools told to teach moral education

Abu Dhabi: Schools across UAE must now offer Moral Education as a mandatory subject and part of their curricula, following a directive issued by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince. The subject must focus on the teaching of five key elements — ethics, personal and community development, culture and heritage, civic education and human rights and responsibilities.

Outcomes and Learnings from an Ethics Education Pilot Program in Kenya

The Pilot Program to implement the Learning to Live Together (LTLT) Programme in the Tana River County came to an end, delivering positive outcomes, particularly in relation to its impact on children, teachers and the communities. The initiative, which took off in September 2014, was developed by Arigatou International Geneva, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Kenya (MoEST) and UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa, reaching 657 children between 9 and 17 years old.

Human Rights and Schooling: An Ethical Framework for Teaching for Social Justice

Most of the struggles for equitable schooling, including multicultural curricula and culturally responsive teaching, have largely taken place on a local or national stage, with little awareness of how international human rights standards might support these struggles. “Human Rights and Schooling” explores the potential of human rights frameworks to support grassroots struggles for justice and examines the impact that human rights and child rights education can make in the lives of students, including the most marginalized.

Saydoon Nisa Sayed (Photo: Independent Media)

Learning to Live Together in South Africa: Fostering Inter-religious Cooperation

Saydoon Nisa Sayed is a South African human rights faith activist. She is moved by her faith, passionate about children and restless on gender justice advocacy. Saydoon is the regional coordinator for Religions for Peace, an international and interfaith movement that works across religious divides to bring peace and understanding. Saydoon has been implementing the Learning to Live Together Programme of Arigatou International in more than 20 schools. In this interview, Saydoon observes “Ethics education should form the bases for educating in any subject. It should include feelings, right and wrong, spirituality, the doing of good and avoiding the doing of bad, coming together on common issues and addressing them collectively.”

Free ebook: “Justpeace Ethics: A Guide for Restorative Justice and Peacebuilding” with Foreword by Howard Zehr

“Justpeace Ethics: A Guide for Restorative Justice and Peacebuilding” by Jarem Sawatsky is free as an ebook download for a limited time. From the author: Have you ever wondered how to do conflict transformation, peacemaking or restorative justice work, so that every step of overflows with peace and justice? Drawing on personal interviews with some of the great peace and restorative justice practitioners, through this book you will discover how analysis, intervention, and evaluation of peace and justice activities can be rooted in a justice and peace are inseparable and pursued together.

Illustration by Justine Beckett

Healing From Moral Injury

(Original article: Lauren Porosoff, Teaching Tolerance Magazine No. 51, Fall 2015) By seventh grade, Jerome had a reputation: weak performance on assessments, inconsistent homework, frequent need for redirection in class, inappropriate comments at school and online, physical fighting.  But I saw a different Jerome. In English class, Jerome was always raising his hand to read […]

The Learning to Live Together Programme (LTLT) in Romania.

Ethics Education in Romanian Schools: The Value of Training and Continuous Education

(Original article: Arigatou International, ethicseducationforchildren.org, Nov. 10, 2015) Laura Molnar is a trainer of the Learning to Live Together Programme (LTLT) and has become the driving force behind its implementation in the Romanian formal education system. Laura comes from a little mountain town in Transylvania, Romania, but she is currently based in Bucharest. Her journey with […]

The Challenges of Climate Change Education

(Original article: Nayla Naoufal, Earth and Peace Education International – Nov. 2015) As noted in the scientific literature, not only does climate change degrade the environment, diminish natural resources, increase health issues and decrease quality of life, but it is also very likely to exacerbate inequalities and provoke armed conflicts in the future, due to resource scarcities […]

Ethics Education Framework: Arigatou International

(Arigatou International) The ethics education framework of Arigatou International has been at the core of the Learning to Live Together Programme since its launch in 2008. This includes the key conceptual elements that provide the rationale and foundation of the manual, the values that support the foundation, and the educational approach that defines the way […]

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. […]

“An education in solutions-thinking” – Metta Center Podcast

(Original article: Metta Center for Nonviolence) “Education is the root system underlying all other systems. Given the grave and potentially catastrophic problems we face, it is critical that we provide young people with the knowledge, tools and motivation to address our pressing challenges in order to transform unsustainable and unjust systems into ones that are […]

Ferguson and Peace Education: Developing Moral Imagination and Capacities for Peace and Political Efficacy

By David Ragland While going between Ferguson, New York and Pennsylvania since Early August, one of the protest chants from Ferguson stuck with me: “The whole damn system is guilty as hell the whole damn system is guilty as hell.” As a peace learner and educator, I cannot but help to reflect on that statement, […]

Peace Education for Nuclear Disarmament

Bill Yotive Project Manager, Global Teaching and Learning ProjectDepartment of Public Information, UN Headquarters in New York (Welcome letter: Issue #65 – July 2009)   During the third Preparatory Committee meeting in May for the 2010 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference at UN Headquarters, a series of UN Radio interviews were set up with several Hibakusha […]