Teachers College study finds gap between refugee policy and practice hinders urban refugee children’s access to education
The increasing urbanization of the world’s displaced people presents unique obstacles to displaced children attempting to attend local schools, despite their widely recognized right to do so, according to a report released by Teachers College. The report, titled “Urban Refugee Education: Strengthening Policies and Practices for Access, Quality, and Inclusion,” is the first-ever global study of urban refugee education.
Legislation has been proposed to prohibit any publicly supported schools in Arkansas from including in curriculum or course materials any books or other material authored by Howard Zinn.
Speakers at a day-long conference on “Fostering Culture of Peace Through Education”, jointly organized by the German organization Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and National Assembly Member Asiya Nasir, discussed the role of peace education in dealing with extremism.
On 15 – 16 February 2017, Interpeace participated in the SDG4 Regional Forum for Eastern Africa in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The high level forum, organized by UNESCO, sought to enable Member States under the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa to present their national SDG4 roadmaps in support of the implementation of the 2030 Education Agenda. Interpeace shared its experience working with local, national and international partners to promote peace education in the Great Lakes region of Africa. Amongst their recommendations, Interpeace encourages Education Ministries to work towards standardizing peace education curriculum within their countries, and to mobilize the requisite human capacities and material resources required that will enable the provision of effective, formal peace education.
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.