Lingering Colonialities as Blockades to Peace Education: School Violence in Trinidad

Based on research in Trinidad, Hakim Mohandas Amani Williams argues that ‘school’ violence is reduced to ‘youth’ violence, and that the predominating discourse about what constitutes school violence itself, and its drivers/‘causes’, takes on a limiting and individualizing nature. As a result, the principal interventions that emanate from such a discourse are correspondingly narrow and therefore fail to reveal the structural violence in which youth violence in schools is embedded. William’s posits this discursive violence as a lingering coloniality, which is a blockade to sustainable peace education in Trinidad’s schools.

Palestinian Peace Teacher Announced One of Top Ten in the World

Hanan Al-Hroub, a primary class teacher who grew up in Deheishe refugee camp, Bethlehem, has been shortlisted to the top 10 international teachers nominated for the one million dollar 2016 Global Teacher Prize, organised by the Varkey Foundation. The inspirational teacher was regularly exposed to acts of violence. She went into primary education after her children were left deeply traumatized by a shooting incident they witnessed on their way home from school. With so many troubled children in the region, Palestinian classrooms can be tense environments. Hanan embraces the slogan ‘No to Violence’ and uses a specialist approach she developed herself, detailed in her book, ‘We Play and Learn’.

Pre-deciding About Violence

Elizabeth and Lionel Traubman (2015) argue that pre-deciding about violence, beginning at home and then rippling out globally, is the most urgent need of our time. It is our best hope in this era of widespread atomic, biological, and chemical weapons when even a few people can do a lot of harm. Whether with physical punishment or all-out war, the stunning paradox of our time is that rejecting violence and dignifying our adversary – not humiliating, harming, or excluding – is the response that gets the best results.

Tributes for 26 students and teachers killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Connecticut, US in 2012. Picture: REUTERS

Can school mass shootings also happen in South Africa?

(Original article: Mark Potterton, Business Day Live, Nov. 18, 2015) THE American public was momentarily shocked when a student opened fire, killing nine people and injuring nine others in a rural Oregon College. A New York Times investigation found that the shooter, Christopher Harper Mercer, was in the army for one month in 2008, but […]

Mario Novelli, Centre for International Education, University of Sussex speaking at the launch in New York

Examining the Linkages between Education Inequality and Violent Conflict

(Original article: UNICEF – Learning for Peace, Nov. 11, 2015) Speaking at the recent New York launch of a new UNICEF and FHI 360 study which concluded that the likelihood of violent conflict doubles in countries with high levels of inequality in education, Research Consortium for Education and Peacebuilding Co Director, Professor Mario Novelli, discussed […]

CDC awards UofL $5.7M to fund youth violence prevention research center

(Original article: The Lane Report, Nov. 20, 2015) Louisville, Ky. – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences (SPHIS) $5.7M to establish a Youth Violence Prevention Research Center. “The CDC acknowledges youth violence as a preventable public health problem for individuals and communities,” […]

This report introduces new thinking and evidence about Positive Peace: the attitudes, institutions and structures which create and sustain peaceful societies.

Positive Peace Report 2015

(Original article: Vision of Humanity, 10-22-2015) Positive Peace is a transformational approach to achieving development, resilience and peace. It offers an alternative perspective to identify and measure long-term investments that create an optimum environment for human potential to flourish.  Download the report Positive Peace is a new approach to identify and measure long-term investments that create sustainable […]

Reflections on Education for Peace

(Original article: Prof. Dr. Alicia Cabezudo, Arigatou International) Education for peace and respect for human rights become particularly relevant today as the values that they entail are conflicted by daily violence, the horrors of war and the slow destruction of values such as solidarity, cooperation and respect for the other – situations that shake us […]

The Antidote to our National Bullying Epidemic: Mandated Peace Education

Lisa Worth Huber, PhD Academic Director, Master of Arts in Conflict Transformation at The Graduate Institute, CT(Featured article: Issue #99 November 2012) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon provided a succinct solution on how to create a Culture of Peace: “I have a simple, one-word answer,” he said: “education.” To help address this gaping need, on International […]