A three-day Aegis Trust Peace Education colloquium began February 21 with a focus on the importance of investing in peace. Funded by the UK Government, the conference assembled more than 100 local and international experts to discuss the role of peace education in preventing conflict and mass atrocity. It is part of Aegis’ worldwide efforts to build a generation of champions of humanity by investing in world class peace education.
The Rwandan government will embark on integrating peace education into the National Education Curriculum under a new program called ‘Education for Sustainable Peace in Rwanda (ESPR)’. The ESPR program was launched by the Ministry of Education during a three day Peace Education conference in Kigali from February 20-22.
In Sri Lanka, with the implementation of major education reforms where every student will have at least 13 years of education, we hope a regular subject would be introduced to teach children about the culture of peace or the power of non-violence and peace.
Backed by the World Bank and billionaires Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, Bridge International has launched a massive campaign to privatize public education in Africa. Despite charges the U.S. corporation is experimenting on African children, violating the constitution in at least two African countries, and providing inferior education, Bridge International is undaunted, even suing the government of Uganda for closing down 63 of its for-profit schools earlier this year.
The newly created Program in Educational Transformation at Georgetown University seeks to hire up to three non-tenure line faculty at the junior level to help design and implement a new interdisciplinary, residency-based master’s degree that focuses on transformational practices in preK-12 education in the United States.
Simply telling young people about the evils of violent extremism is not enough. What is needed is a holistic education model that lays emphasis on dialogue, fosters critical thinking skills, inculcates respect for diversity and gives the students the socio-emotional and behavioural skills that will help deconstruct the messaging used to promote violence.
The Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education: 2016 Call for Proposals
The Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education (PSIPSE) will be releasing its fourth Call for Proposals on November 7, 2016 seeking innovative projects to improve the quality of secondary education in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Patrick Enaigbe & Nicholas Igbinoghene identify and examine the challenges of managing and planning peace education and peace culture in Nigeria’s educational system.
China will intensify its efforts to promote human rights education and training over the next five years to enhance public awareness of the importance of human rights. This is according to the National Human Rights Action Plan of China (2016-2020) released by the State Council’s Information Office.
Recognizing that human rights abuses have remained rampant in the country, Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito wants the mandatory teaching of human rights in all public and private schools. In Senate Bill 1080, Ejercito proposed that all public and private schools should be required to include human rights courses in their curricula.
20 leading academics and influencers from across the world, have joined forces in an open letter to world leaders – asking that they do more to ensure refugees obtain an education.
Provincial governments are supporting the idea of peace education in the Solomon Islands. Deputy Premier of Guadalcanal Province Hon Peter Aroanisaka said this is a step forward to find lasting peace through education.
The Institute of Human Rights Education’s (IHRE) initiative of forming Human Rights Clubs in schools is set to expand to 250 schools across 15 districts in Tamil Nadu. Introducing the initiative to Head Masters from schools across the State, Henri Tiphagne, executive director, IHRE, said the clubs, functioning since 2015, have proven to be considerably successful. “If you all want to see a Tamil Nadu without any caste-related or other human rights violations, it cannot happen through judiciary or police. But only through schools,” Mr. Tiphagne told headmasters, stressing the importance of imparting human rights related awareness to children.
The UNICEF Learning for Peace Programme, launched in 2012 with the support of the Government of the Netherlands, helped promote peace through education in 14 conflict-affected countries: Burundi, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Liberia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, State of Palestine, Uganda, and Yemen.
The Research Consortium on Education and Peacebuilding hosted a dissemination event titled “The Role of Education in Peacebuilding – Foundations, Findings and Futures”, in Amsterdam between 20- 22 April 2016.
The Movement for Black Lives Matter coalition recently published a platform outlining a range of specific policies it would like to see take shape at the local, state, and federal levels. The education proposals are rooted in the K-12 space because the U.S. public-school system is so broken that college is never an option for many young people of color.