Restorative Justice takes hold in San Diego schools

Restorative Practices is taking hold in a number of San Diego Unified schools and its aim is to change the culture on campus by giving students more of a voice in their day-to-day lives at school. Under the districts restorative approach, which was adopted in 2014, educators now have more discretion in whether to suspend or expel students for bad behavior. Depending on each individual case, learning can come from “talking it out” in carefully facilitated circle sessions run by highly trained mediators.

Ambassador Park Jong-Dea(2nd L) of the Embassy joined by Moses Musana and Juliet Nambi Namuddu and Charles Ssengendo the headteacher and some of the Pupils of Nakasero Primary School during the launch. (Photo: Godfrey Kimono)

Teach children peace and tolerance – S. Korean Ambassador to Uganda

The South Korean Ambassador to Uganda, Park Jong Dae, said that for conflict to be eradicated, a culture of peace and tolerance needs to be inculcated in young school going children. While speaking during the launch of a peace education program at Nakasero Primary School, Dae said that peace can only be attained when unity and tolerance is shared. “Everything starts with peace. If you teach children how to tolerate each other at a tender age, when they grow up, this culture will exhibit itself naturally and we shall have a peaceful society,” he said.

The peace education program was an idea conceived by the Always Be Tolerant Organization (ABETO) and assented to by the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports (MOESTS), and adopted into the school’s curriculum.

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.

A report of the Denver School-Based Restorative Practices Partnership

Taking Restorative Practices School-wide: Insights from Three Schools in Denver

A report of the Denver School-Based Restorative Practices Partnership. Through interviews and focus groups with staff members at three Denver schools that have successfully implemented restorative practices (RP), four essential strategies for taking this approach school-wide were identified: strong principal vision and commitment to RP; explicit efforts to generate staff buy-in to this conflict resolution approach; continuous and intensive professional development opportunities; and, the allocation of school funds for a full-time coordinator of RP at the site. Additional approaches that supported school-wide implementation of RP are described in the full report.

Military recruitment efforts, whether societal or sponsored directly by the US military, reach children as young as preschool, priming them to think of war and soldiering as cool and exciting, without any discussion of the trauma and death they bring. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout)

Why Is My Kindergartner Being Groomed for the Military at School?

This article by Sarah Grey, published on Truthout, argues that military recruitment efforts, whether societal or sponsored directly by the US military, reach children as young as preschool, priming them to think of war and soldiering as cool and exciting, without any discussion of the trauma and death they bring.

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Textbooks reviewed to eliminate hate material (Pakistan)

(Original article: The Express Tribune, Dec. 4, 2015) PESHAWAR: A series of textbooks taught at government schools across the province have been reviewed by Peace Education and Development Foundation (PEAD) Pakistan to eliminate hate material. A news conference was held on Thursday in the city to share the organisation’s findings. Minority representatives and education experts were […]

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How ‘twisted’ early childhood education has become — from a child development expert

(Original article: Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post, Nov. 24, 2015) Nancy Carlsson-Paige is an early childhood development expert who has been at the forefront of the debate on how best to educate — and not educate — the youngest students. She is a professor emerita of education at Lesley University in Cambridge, Ma., where she […]

Stand Up Against School Pushout! Dignity in School’s National Week of Action

(Original article: Schott Foundation for Public Education) Oct. 3-11 was Dignity in School’s national week of action to end school pushout. All week parents, students, educators, and activists held events across the country to engage their communities and spread information about ways we can rethink discipline in public schools. The national week of action had four […]

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Audiência discutirá educação voltada à cultura da paz

(Original article: Aqui Acontece, 10-8-2015) As comissões de Cultura; e de Educação da Câmara dos Deputados realizam hoje uma audiência pública para debater experiências educacionais voltadas à cultura de paz. O debate foi sugerido pela deputada Jandira Feghali (PCdoB-RJ) e pelo deputado Aliel Machado (PCdoB-PR). Jandira Feghali afirma que há uma cultura de “violência sistêmica” nas […]

National Encounter for Peace Education: Colombia

(Original article: Prof. Alicia Cabezudo, Culture of Peace News Network, 11-2-15) Colombia: “The Peace Process Involves Everyone” “The process of educating for peace must begin many years of listening to each other.”-– David Adams, Round Table on Community Education and Education for Peace. On 1 and 2 October the “National Encounter for Peace Education” was […]

A young Turkish boy heads to school in the town of Cizre in Sirnak province, near the border with Syria, March 24, 2013. (photo by REUTERS/Umit Bektas)

Schools in crisis in Turkey’s southeast

(Original article: Al-Monitor, 10-2015)  The renewed conflict in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast has wreaked havoc on the schooling system in the region. Many teachers from western Turkey, appointed to schools in the region after a long wait, have refused to go to their places of duty, while those who did are working in a state […]

Peace schools across the world boom in popularity

(Original article: Eleanor Ross, virgin.com “disruptors”, 9-15-15) The world hasn’t stopped fighting since 1914. The pursuit of peace should become the mainstay of education, and interest in courses like Peace and Conflict studies at universities such as Bradford, Ulster and SOAS are booming in popularity. With the recent civil war in Syria and the ensuing […]

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 […]

Learning to Abolish War: Teaching Toward a Culture of Peace

“Learning to Abolish War: Teaching Toward a Culture of Peace,” is a peace education resource packet developed by Dr. Betty A. Reardon and Alicia Cabezudo.  It was the first publication of the Hague Appeal for Peace Global Campaign for Peace Education (published in 2002) and its lessons and framework still hold up well today. “Learning […]

Preparing our Multicultural Selves to Teach/Reach All of our Children in the Era of Black Lives Matter

(Original article: Susan Gelber Cannon – Think, Care, Act, September 5, 2015) “I believe one of our primary roles as educator is to interrupt the cycle of inequality and oppression.”Sonia Nieto This summer I had passionate discussions with people I love in which we disagreed over the words, “Black Lives Matter.”  They say, “The phrase […]

Getting the military out of the Chicago Public Schools

(Veterans for Peace: educationnotmilitarization.org) We, the Chicago Chapter of Veterans for Peace, are pursuing a many-pronged campaign to bring Peace at Home, Peace Abroad by focusing on youth and the demilitarization of public education. As veterans, we’ve experienced the military from inside, and many of us have fought in one or more of our country’s all-too-frequent […]