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.

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Peace Education in the Great Lakes Region: A Discussion Paper

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.

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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.