Inside the Storytelling Revolution

Storytelling is on the rise. With the continued expansion of technology sharing stories has never been easier. In the latest issue of “Building Peace,” a publication of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, “Inside the Storytelling Revolution,” examines the countless ways we communicate with one another and the power that stories hold to inspire peace as well as war.

This issue looks at the processes of advocacy and advertising—both selling peace in their unique ways. It features the work of StoryCorps and how they are lifting up local voices to contribute to a more peaceful society. Stories also come from the Countering Violent Extremism and filmmaking communities as they explore the ways that narratives can rewrite history—and what it takes to reveal the truth. [continue reading…]

News & Highlights

Education builds peace

The recent conference on the role of education in building social cohesion and sustainable peace, co-hosted by UNICEF, the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and the World Bank, comes at a critical time. Almost 250 million children currently live in regions and countries affected by fragility and violent conflict.

UNICEF’s Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy initiative – Learning for Peace – was launched in 2012 to address these pressing concerns – and ask how can we use education and social services to contribute to peacebuilding, social cohesion and resilience? The program invested in research to address the significant gap in knowledge and evidence on the contribution of education to peacebuilding. Key results from the program were shared at the conference and generated exciting discussions on the different issues around education for peacebuilding – policies, teacher and youth agency, as well as gender, education inequality, and conflict prevention. [continue reading…]


Child and Youth Agency in Peacebuilding: Conflict Prevention and Peace Education

Peace education and mediation training in schools should be seen as a resourceful conflict prevention tool rather than merely a post-conflict reconciliation measure. In March this year, a conjunction of international non-governmental organizations published a report on children and youth as successful promoters of peace in conflict ridden communities. The report relied upon case studies from Colombia, DRC and Nepal, and its authors concluded that the integration of children and youth in peacebuilding projects contributes to lowering the incidence of violence and discrimination in the communities studied. [continue reading…]

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Youth and Sustainable Peace: Why Global Citizenship Education Matters

According to the 2015 Global Peace Index Report approximately 13,4% of the worlds GDP ($14.3 Trill) was lost to conflict in 2014. This is equivalent to the combined economies of Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom. The cost of conflict has a heavy toll mostly on the youth particularly in the global south. This article by Moses Machipisa provides an analysis of why Global Citizenship Education (GCED) is critical in building sustainable peace and why youth are critical actors in this process. [continue reading…]

Activity Reports

Building peace from Colombian universities

“Peacebuilders” is a program that seeks the integral formation of 1,200 university students in Colombia, involved in the scholarship program “Dreams of Peace” of Bancolombia Foundation, in knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes conducive to building Cultures of Peace. The program is carried out by Escuelas de Paz (Schools of Peace) Foundation based on the six components proposed by UNESCO in the 2000 manifesto for a culture of peace and non-violence. It is also based upon six pillars raised by the methodology of education for peace, known as “The Flower for the Culture of Peace”. [continue reading…]

Activity Reports

Voices on the role of education to build peace

At the recent conference on the role of education to build peace and social cohesion, Chantal Rigaud interviewed five participants representing five of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) partner countries (Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Rwanda and South Sudan) that are just out of conflict or still experiencing fragility due to past conflicts. They explain how they are using education to build more cohesive and peaceful societies. [continue reading…]

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Why education in emergencies must be a priority for world leaders

While many of us wish things could be made better for the more than 2.8 million Syrian children currently out of school, we often fail to acknowledge that this number is a mere fraction of children bereft of education in emergencies all over the world. While conflict is a serious concern for education, it is not the only threat – just under a quarter of all emergencies are complex ones with multiple causes, nearly a fifth are natural disasters and the remainder are public health emergencies. In today’s world, in order to survive every child needs the basic necessity of education. Education is the medium that allows children to understand themselves and relate to the world around them by interacting with it in safe settings. [continue reading…]

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Child Rights Education: Framing Your Pedagogy the UNICEF Way

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF works for the survival, protection, and development of children worldwide through advocacy, education, and fundraising for UNICEF’s work. Their Education Department contributes to that mission with TeachUNICEF global citizenship education resources, which are uniquely constructed to assure the dignity of children as rights-holders. Your pedagogy can also focus on this, as Daniel Sadowsky explains. [continue reading…]