Adult literacy and education program. (Photo: Zofeen Ebrahim/ IPS)

Education, a Building Block for Sustainable Peace

Sustainable Development Goal #4 seeks to provide inclusive, equitable, and quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all –
but after 2 years of pursuing this goal the question of ‘how’ still remains. The UN convened a high-level meeting to help answer this question. “Access to quality education is not only a goal in itself, but a fundamental building block of creating a better world of sustainable peace, prosperity, and development,” said current General Assembly President Peter Thomson during the opening segment.

Photography students created images expressing their visions of peace.

Connecting to the Global Goals through Experiential Learning

We must be committed to offering a wide-range of initiatives to enable our students to become globally proficient, so they may successfully fulfill their roles as Global Citizens with an appreciation of our common humanity. We must aim to foster habits of mind, and a sense of global responsibility. This includes stepping out of traditional learning zones and comfort zones, to build skills necessary for cultural empathy, interaction, and future cross collaboration. ​

World poverty could be cut in half if all adults completed secondary education

ew UNESCO policy paper shows that the global poverty rate could be more than halved if all adults completed secondary school. Yet, new data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) show persistently high out-of-school rates in many countries, making it likely that completion levels in education will remain well below that target for generations to come.

PeaceBoat US, Peace Education & the Sustainable Development Goals in Latin America (Summer 2017 Trip), Two Scholarships Available

Peace Boat US is offering two full “Youth in Action for the SDGs” scholarships for a study program this summer called “Peace Education and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Latin America.” This special program will take place onboard the Peace Boat ship as it visits Panama, Nicaragua, and El Salvador from June 20 – July 3, 2017.

Learning to live together sustainably (SDG4.7): Trends and Progress

UNESCO contributes to the measuring of progress towards Target 4.7 of Sustainable Development Goal 4 on Education which focuses on Global Citizenship Education (GCED) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). This webpage publishes regular reports, news, analyses and publications produced by UNESCO and its partners which provide evidence and links to data sets that indicate how the world is progressing towards the achievement of this Target.

Smurfs team up with United Nations in 2017 for a happier, more peaceful and equitable world

The popular Smurfs characters are encouraging children, young people and adults to make the world happier, more peaceful, equitable and healthy with a campaign launched today by the United Nations, UNICEF, and the United Nations Foundation. The “Small Smurfs Big Goals” campaign is designed to encourage everyone to learn about and support the 17 Sustainable Development Goals which were agreed on by all 193 member countries of the United Nations in 2015.

(Photo: Interpeace)

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.

(Photo: UNSDN)

UN NGO Youth-Led Briefing: Targeting Poverty and Education for Peace

The annual United Nations Department of Public Information’s NGO Youth-Led Briefing brought hundreds of youth, from all over the world, to the UN Headquarters in New York to discuss Sustainable Development Goals 1, 4 and 16. A panel of experts talked about how targeting poverty and education can help advance peace.

The People’s Report Card: Assessing the Sustainable Development Goals

Global Citizen has teamed up with the Social Progress Imperative to launch ‘The People’s Report Card’. It’s a Report Card on the progress that the world as whole and each of the countries of the world is making against the Sustainable Development Goals. It’s the People’s Report Card because it is a tool for citizens everywhere to check on how whether their leaders are living up to their promises.

Millennium Campus Network, Site Director Positions, NY, Boston and Miami

The Millennium Campus Network (MCN) is a non-profit network of undergraduate student leaders, student organizations, and higher education institutions cultivating an ecosystem of ethical, effective, and engaged social impact leaders. The MCN convenes students working to end extreme poverty and achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through campus-based organizing. The MCN is hiring Hub Site Directors in NY, Boston and Miami. Application deadline for all three positions is September 4, 2016.

Peace Boat US participants paint a mural about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals with the Kuna indigenous community in Panama.

Peace Education & the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Latin America – Summer Program Report

On June 24, a group of youth from New York City joined Peace Boat US as part of a two week study program through Central America focusing on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and peacebuilding efforts in the region. The team of 24 included participants from Global Kids, an NYC-based organization that works for global learning and youth development, and interns with Peace Boat US.

The power of education for building peace in Africa

Ensuring equitable access to education is key in addressing the root causes of conflict and instability in Africa, stakeholders said today ahead of the Pan-African Symposium on Education, Resilience and Social Cohesion, at the United Nations Conference Centre in Addis Ababa.

The three-day event shares evidence and best practices from UNICEF’s Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy Programme (PBEA), and the Inter-Country Quality Node (ICQN) on Peace Education, established by the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA).

New agreement to measure global citizenship and sustainable development education

UNESCO and the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) have established an official agreement to collaborate in the area of measuring Global Citizenship Education (GCED) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The UNESCO – IEA collaboration will focus on measuring Target 4.7 of the 2030 Education Agenda which includes GCED and ESD, the aim of which is to “…ensure all learners acquire knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including among others through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship, and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.”