Peace Education: A Year in Review & Reflection (2021)

The Global Campaign for Peace Education, and its community of partners and individual educators, worked tirelessly toward building a more peaceful world through education in 2021. Read our brief report of developments and activities, and take a moment to celebrate our shared achievements.

Securing Democracy in a Conflicted Election: Resources for Educators

During a volatile election, what can be done to preserve democracy and protect election outcomes? How might we respond to fear-mongering, a potential coup, intimidation efforts, and violence with nonviolence? The Global Campaign for Peace Education is compiling a list of resources to support educators in their efforts to teach about the current political moment, prepare students to constructively and nonviolently respond to threats, and to foster a more robust and sustainable democracy for the future.

CORONA CONNECTIONS: An Inquiry into Plowshares and Pandemics

“Corona Connections: Learning for a Renewed World” is a special series exploring the COVID-19 pandemic and the ways it relates to other peace education issues. This inquiry explores the interrelationships between the causes, characteristics and potential consequences of the threats posed by nuclear weapons and global pandemics.

The virus of “crisis nationalism”

Werner Wintersteiner argues that the Corona crisis reveals that globalization has so far brought interdependence without mutual solidarity. The virus is spreading globally, and combating it will require a global effort, but the states are reacting with national tunnel vision. In contrast, a perspective of global citizenship would be appropriate to the global crisis.

The Nail Problem: Patriarchy and Pandemics

Many in peace and justice movements have called for using this critical time to reflect, plan and learn our way to a more positive future. One contribution we, peace educators might make to this process is reflection on the possibilities for alternative language and metaphors toward which peace linguists and feminists have long tried to persuade us to focus our attention.

Peace Education and Transformative Education: Highlights from CTAUN 2020 at the UN

On February 28, 2020 the Committee on Teaching About the United Nations held its 21st annual conference at the United Nations on the theme of “War No More.” Tony Jenkins, Coordinator of the Global Campaign for Peace Education spoke at the event on peace education and transformative education. Video from the event is now available.

Better Together: The rapprochement between Peace Education and Social Emotional Learning should be supported wherever possible

At their core, both PeaceEd and SEL seek to address social problems by inviting people to identify their shared values, expand their knowledge and develop the skills they need to create a peaceful future. SEL emphasizes change on personal and interpersonal levels, while PeaceEd often focuses on social, political, and systemic issues.

There is No Peace without Peace Education!

70 educators, academics & activists, representing more 33 different country identities and affiliations, gathered at the 2019 International Institute on Peace Education in Nicosia, Cyprus from July 21-28, 2019. As an act of solidarity with peace educators from around the world, participants declared that there is no peace without peace education.

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Learning to Disarm

This is the final post of the retrospective series revisiting Betty Reardon’ six decades of publications in peace education.  “Learning to Disarm” is both a summary of some of the constant core concepts and normative convictions that have infused her work for the last four decades and a call to view peace education as an essential strategy for the implementation of the proposals and politics of peace.

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