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.
Terrorism is a serious concern for people and communities all around the world. But, do we have to accept it as “the new normal”? No. We can end it. This short animation by the Metta Center for Nonviolence is a tool for starting conversations about nonviolent solutions to terrorism.
Imrana Alhaji Buba birthed Youth Coalition Against Terrorism (YOCAT) at age 18. Imrana describes YOCAT as ‘‘a volunteer-based youth-led organization in northern Nigeria working to unite youth against violent extremism through counter-radicalization peace education programs in schools and villages.
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.
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.
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.
This video produced by Minute Physics illuminates the continued dangers of nuclear weapons and the nuclear arms race in the post-cold war world, particularly nuclear winter but also modernizations by the US and Russian governments, EMPs (electromagnetic pulses), fallout, explosions, terrorism, and potential accidents.
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.
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.
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.
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?
One year after 132 kids were killed in a school attack, Pakistan has found another way to fight the Taliban. A new music video, released by the Pakistani military as a tribute, emphasizes education as a positive response.
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 […]
(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 […]
(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 […]
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, […]
(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 […]
(Original article: Michael Nagler, Metta Center for Nonviolence, Nov. 14, 2015) We are hearing expressions of shock and sympathy for Paris on all sides, which is appropriate as far as it goes – but it’s not nearly enough. It is clear now that instead of lurching from crisis to crisis, we need to get off this […]