Bernadette Ortiz holds up her daughter, Adriana, as she looks for the name of her grandfather, New York City Police officer Edwin Ortiz, at a wall commemorating fallen officers in New York City. (Photo: NPR / Spencer Platt / Getty Images)

Teaching Sept. 11 To Students Who Were Born After The Attacks Happened

America’s schools — where collective memory is shaped — are now full of students who weren’t alive 15 years ago. As such, many teachers struggle with whether and how to teach the attacks and their aftermath. According to one survey, only about 20 states include anything in depth about the events of that fateful day in their high school social studies curriculum. And when they are taught, critics say, it’s often through a narrow lens.

Integrating Mental Health and Education Fields into Countering Violent Extremism

How can we involve professionals from the mental health and education fields in countering violent extremism? Are there lessons to be learned from other types of intervention programs?

Increasing attention has been drawn to the need for an expanded role for mental health care in countering violent extremism. Incorporating mental health and education fields into countering violent extremism holds significant potential in enhancing prevention and intervention capacities. However, to do so effectively requires a better understanding of how to reconcile assets and contingencies from education and mental health with CVE needs and contingencies.

Educating a New Generation of Peace Leaders as a Way to Prevent Homegrown Terrorism

This paper presents an innovative, new model for educating and empowering a new generation of young peace leaders as a way to prevent homegrown terrorism. The model is based on the “Peace Guerilla” (PG) pilot project that the Canadian International Institute of Applied Negotiation (CIIAN) ran with grade 6 and 7 students at Ross Road Elementary School in North Vancouver, BC in 2011.

HE Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kuwari, Adviser at the Emiri Diwan and Qatar’s candidate for the position of Unesco director general, addressing representatives of the European Union at the European Parliament on Tuesday night in Brussels. (Photo: Gulf Times)

Role of education stressed in eradicating terrorism (Qatar)

Dr. Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kuwari, Adviser at the Emiri Diwan and Qatar’s candidate for the position of Unesco director general, has stressed the role of education in “raising awareness about peace and draining the springs of terrorism that emanate from the hotbeds of conflict and the impoverished regions that are overshadowed by ignorance.” Al-Kuwari made the remarks when he addressed representatives of the European Union at the European Parliament in Brussels.

The Brussels Bombings: What We Can Do

In the face of the attacks in Brussels and Mosul, the wars in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen, the attacks before in Paris, and what seems to be a constant barrage of incidents of violence, terror and war in so many parts of the world, many of us often feel powerless – left wondering what we can do and whether it will ever end or change. Kai Frithjof Brand-Jacobsen, Director of the Department of Peace Operations (DPO) at PATRIR suggests 10 actions we can do to overcome the terror and war we are seeing. Amongst his suggestions, for the immediate, medium and long-term: working to have peace education introduced as part of core curriculum into all of our schools and education systems world-wide.

Muhammad Salisu (right) with students

Peace Education & Mentorship for Students (PEMS) Program – Nigeria

Peace Education and Mentorship for Students (PEMS) program was carried out successfully at Federal Government College, Kiyawa, Jigawa State of Nigeria; on March 5, 2016. The target group were the Safe School Initiative students (73 in number), who were traumatized by the Boko Haram terrorism in Nigeria. The objectives were to teach them the basic concepts of peace and conflict, their relevance to everyday living and how to engage in conflict resolution. And to mentor them on how to better cope with emotional trauma, which many of them suffer, from previous experience to violence.

Photo: (L-R) Betty Williams; Ingeborg Breines, Co-President, International Peace Bureau; Jonathan Granoff; Mairead Corrigan Maguire

The Measure of Our Humanity: Nobel Peace Laureates Promote Solutions to Refugee Crisis, Terrorism, Climate Change and Nuclear Annihilation

In November the 15th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates crafted the Barcelona Declaration. They addressed the crisis of refugees and the violence of terrorism with a focus on positive policies focused on root causes. A measure of a civilization is how it treats the most vulnerable. From that perspective, it is necessary to look with compassion on the lives disrupted by the civil war in Syria, drug-driven corruption in Central America and Mexico, chaos arising from the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, and the poverty driven multiple crises arising in Africa from dysfunctional governance, the failure of the rule of law, hyper-exploitation, and environmental degradation.

Hafsa Salim waiting outside the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center in June for a shuttle to take her youngest daughter, Nura, to school. (Photo credit: Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist for The New York Times)

Muslim Parents on How They Talk to Their Children About Hatred and Extremism

The New York Times asked their readers who are Muslim how they talk to their children about these difficult times. More than 200 people responded. Many wrote about how they try to teach their children that terrorists do not reflect them or their faith. Here is a selection of the responses. How are you explaining these issues to your children?

Nonviolence and Terrorism: What can WE do? Where do we even begin?

The Metta Center for Nonviolence hosted a live webinar on December 5, 2015 featuring Dr. Michael Nagler (The Metta Center for Nonviolence) and Dr. Johan Galtung (Transcend).  A recording of this session is now available. For additional information and resources visit The Metta Center for Nonviolence website.   Follow-up Q&A with Dr. Nagler is also […]

A Peacebuilding Approach to Teaching About Extremism

(Original article: David J. Smith, Huffington Post, Dec. 2, 2015) The recent attacks in Paris and elsewhere remind us of the global instability that we often take for granted. The events have now settled into our subconscious, and we and the news cycle have moved along. But for youth who might have limited experience with […]

Acknowledge what has happened, and say lots of people died as a result of a really bad incident. (Photo: Eddie Mulholland/The Telegraph)

Paris attacks: How to explain the horror to children

(Original article: Sally Peck, The Telegraph, Nov. 17, 2015) As parents, there is a constant temptation to shield our children from bad news. But sometimes, and in particular with acts of terrorism, bad news is unavoidable – it’s in on television, it’s on social media, and it’s on our minds. Like most people, I’ve been carefully […]

2015 Global Terrorism Index Released

The Institute for Economics and Peace released its third Global Terrorism Index on Nov. 17.  Terrorism continues to rise, with over 32,000 people killed in terrorist attacks in 2014, the highest number recorded. Despite being highly concentrated in five countries, terrorism is spreading, with more countries recording attacks and deaths. Now in its third year, […]

Educational Responses to Paris: Facing History & Ourselves

(Original article by Karen Murphy, Facing History & Ourselves, Nov. 14, 2015) We mourn with the people of France. Friday evening’s events are unimaginable. Parisians were doing the things that people do in a free society, enjoying an evening out with friends and family, having dinner, a drink, a laugh, hearing music, watching a football match. By the […]