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Day One Recap: Aegis Peace Education Colloquium, Kigali Genocide Memorial

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.

‘Peace Building’ will be taught at all levels of school including Primary, secondary and university. (Photo: KT Press)

Peace Education Added to National Curriculum (Rwanda)

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.

Africa’s children have become a large “emergent market” for private investors. (Photo: Kyle Taylor)

A controversial American school chain and the battle to teach Africa’s children

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.

Assistant Professor of Teaching: Program in Educational Transformation, Georgetown University

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.

Syrian refugee students sit in their classroom at a Lebanese public school. (Photo: Hussein Malla/AP)

Open dialogue in schools is the first step in fighting violent extremism

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.

Bill calls for human rights courses in schools (Philippines)

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.

Refugee children from Syria at a clinic in Ramtha, northern Jordan. (Photo: Wikimedia commons / Russell Watkins/Department for International Development)

World leaders must do more to educate refugee children, say top academics and influencers

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.

E. Devasagayam, Director, Institute of Human Rights Education, speaking on 'Human Rights Education Clubs in Tamil Nadu Schools' at Madurai. (Photo: S. James)

250 schools in Tamil Nadu to get Human Rights Clubs

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.

Panelists (L-R) Patrick Fine, FHI 360 CEO; Angela Kearney UNICEF Pakistan Representative; Yasmin Haque, UNICEF Deputy Director of Emergency Programmes; Henk-Jan Brinkman UN Peacebuilding Support Office Chief of Policy Planning and Application. (Photo: UNICEF)

Forging a Peaceful Future: Four Years of UNICEF’s Learning for Peace Programme

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.

A demonstrator holds up his fist in protest outside the Triple S convenience store where Alton Sterling was shot dead by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 9, 2016. (Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman)

How Black Lives Matter Activists Plan to Fix Schools

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.