CND Peace Education: Active Learning for & about Peace

CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament) campaigns non-violently to achieve British nuclear disarmament and to secure an international Nuclear Weapons Convention. CND Peace Education empowers young people with knowledge on peace and nuclear issues and offers a range of free teaching resources with full curriculum links and lesson plans. They also provide free teacher training and continuing professional development workshops. Here is an overview of some of the resources they provide.

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.

Now Accepting Applications for the Rotary Peace Fellowship

The Rotary Foundation is now accepting applications for the fully-funded Rotary Peace Fellowship. The fellowship provides academic and practical training to prepare scholars for leadership roles in solving today’s global challenges. Up to 100 fellows are selected globally every year to earn either a master’s degree or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of six Rotary Peace Centers at leading universities in Australia, England, Japan, the United States, Sweden and Thailand.

Gambia: ‘It Is Not Enough to Teach Children to Read and Write’

The Executive Director of Basic and Secondary Education of Gambia, Amie Coleh-Mbye, said the current education policy commits the government to upholding the right of every person to basic education, regardless of gender, age, religion or disability. “This however cannot be attended without including the culture of peace among students,” she said. “When student harness a culture of peace, they will be better able to tolerate regardless of their circumstance.”

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.

How Our Naive Understanding of Violence Helps ISIS

(Original article: Paul K. Chappell, Counterpunch.org, Dec. 10, 2015) At West Point I learned that technology forces warfare to evolve. The reason soldiers today no longer ride horses into battle, use bows and arrows, and wield spears, is because of the gun. The reason people no longer fight in trenches, as they did during World […]

#DisarmForOurPlanet

Moving funds from war & weapons is more urgent than ever

Moving funds from war & weapons is more urgent than ever. “While Humanity is facing considerable difficulties, such as water supply and global warming, it dumps resources into the development of weapons that could destroy it.”  -François Régis Hutin International Peace Bureau Disarmament for Development Campaign.  #DisarmForOurPlanet     CONTENT DISCLAIMER: please read the Global […]

UN Security Council Adopts Historic Resolution on Youth, Peace and Security

Historic day at the UN as Security Council adopts first ever resolution on Youth, Peace and Security. (Original article: United Nations Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Dec. 9, 2015) New York, 9 December – The United Nations Security Council today adopted an historic resolution on youth, peace and security, which for the first […]

Talk Nation Radio: Johan Galtung on ISIS and Alternative to War

(TalkNationRadio.org, Nov. 24, 2015) Johan Galtung is the founder of the discipline of peace studies. He founded the International Peace Research Institute in Oslo in 1959 and the Journal of Peace Research in 1964, and has helped found dozens of peace centers. He has taught peace studies at universities all over the world, and mediated […]

2015 Global Terrorism Index Released

The Institute for Economics and Peace released its third Global Terrorism Index on Nov. 17.  Terrorism continues to rise, with over 32,000 people killed in terrorist attacks in 2014, the highest number recorded. Despite being highly concentrated in five countries, terrorism is spreading, with more countries recording attacks and deaths. Now in its third year, […]

Educational Responses to Paris: Facing History & Ourselves

(Original article by Karen Murphy, Facing History & Ourselves, Nov. 14, 2015) We mourn with the people of France. Friday evening’s events are unimaginable. Parisians were doing the things that people do in a free society, enjoying an evening out with friends and family, having dinner, a drink, a laugh, hearing music, watching a football match. By the […]

Hague Appeal for Peace: A Story of Youth and Hope

The editors of the Global Campaign for Peace Education recently discovered this short documentary in our archives.  Presented by the World Federalist Association – Minnesota Chapter, this film captures the stories and hope of youth who participated in the Hague Appeal for Peace Conference, May 11-15, 1999, at The Hague, Netherlands.  The Global Campaign for Peace Education […]

The “new” Global Campaign for Peace Education: pursuing intentional, sustained and systematic education for peace

In May 1999 the Global Campaign for Peace Education (GCPE) was launched at the Hague Appeal for Peace conference.  The Hague Conference was the largest international peace conference in history, bringing together nearly 10,000 people from over 100 countries. The conference launched the Hague Agenda for Peace and Justice for the 21st Century, a set […]

As the UN marked the 15th anniversary of a resolution promoting women’s roles in peace processes, a survey reveals huge frustrations with its progress. Here, Mariano Rajoy, prime minister of Spain, right, and the Egyptian foreign minister. The woman was not identified. CIA PAK/UN PHOTO

As the UN Celebrates Empowerment of Women, a New Survey Shows Major Frustrations

(Original article: Danielle Goldberg and Mavic Cabrera-Balleza, passblue.com) Fifteen years ago, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on women, peace and security, a landmark international law that demands women’s participation in decision-making on international peace and security. Though seldom recognized, the fundamental roots of this resolution, known as 1325, came from women’s actual […]

The war against women (Nepal)

Even in times of peace, women in conflict zones remain vulnerable to violence, sexual abuse, loss of bread winners and much more. (Original article: The Tribune India) Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty Tiny Nepal has shown the way with a National Action Plan for Women. The Himalayan nation has become an example not just for its much […]

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 […]

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. […]