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Mesa Técnica: El Recorrido de un Trabajo en Equipo por la Paz en la Ciudad de Ibague, Colombia

La mesa técnica de construcción de paz y convivencia escolar es un esfuerzo de un trabajo en equipo liderado por docentes orientadores de la ciudad de Ibagué, Colombia, mediante propuestas de proyectos en beneficio de las instituciones educativas enfocado al fortalecimiento del capital social de la ciudad. La mesa ha realizado en estos años de funcionamiento una cartografía social, estado del arte, aplicativo web para que los docentes implementen guías didácticas en sus asignaturas, un documento de lineamientos de política pública y la recolección de historias de vida sobre gestos de paz que ocurren en las instituciones educativas de la ciudad.

(Technical Table: The Journey of Teamwork for Peace in the City of Ibague, Colombia) The technical table for peace building and school coexistence is a team effort led by guidance teachers from the city of Ibagué, Colombia, through project proposals for the benefit of educational institutions focused on strengthening the social capital of the city. In these years of operation, the table has carried out a social cartography, state of the art, a web application for teachers to implement teaching guides in their subjects, a document of public policy guidelines and the collection of life stories about gestures of peace that occur in the city’s educational institutions.

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Call for chapter proposals: Community-Engaged Praxis in Peace, Social Justice, and Human Rights Education

This book will examine the ways in which formal, non-formal, and informal educational spaces are reimagining education through community-engaged partnerships and initiatives, aiding scholars and practitioners to gain deeper insight into restructuring and improving education for a more equitable and socially just world.  Abstracts due: November 1.

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The Value of Peace Education in Local Communities (Philippines)

This writer is a witness to the power of peace education programs, and similar activities, in transforming communities. Building public school classrooms and peace hubs through Bayanihan is one example of a “collective” peace education activity that immensely help local communities a step towards attainment of meaningful peace and development. Peace through the promotion of quality public education encompasses economic, political, social, cultural, moral and ethical issues thereby making it vital in transforming people’s attitudes towards dealing with conflicts.

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Community-based learning for sustainable development

To stress to policymakers and other stakeholders the wide and far-reaching benefits of community-based learning, particularly in the light of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning has published a new policy brief, “Community-based learning for sustainable development.” This policy brief advances six principles of action to develop the role of community learning centres as the main delivery mechanism for community-based learning: responding, engaging, enabling, embedding, sustaining and transforming.

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Book Review: Peace education from the grassroots

“Peace education from the grassroots,” edited by Ian M. Harris, is a volume in the Information Age Press series: Peace Education, edited by Laura Finley & Robin Cooper. This review, authored by Mallory Servais, is one in a series co-published by the Global Campaign for Peace Education and In Factis Pax: Journal of Peace Education and Social Justice toward promoting peace education scholarship.

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The Power of a Dinner Table

David Brooks, in a recent NY Times Op Ed, shares a powerful model of non-formal community/family-based peace education.
Kathy Fletcher and David Simpson have a son named Santi, who went to Washington, D.C., public schools. Santi had a friend who sometimes went to school hungry. So Santi invited him to occasionally eat and sleep at his house. That friend had a friend and that friend had a friend, and now when you go to dinner at Kathy and David’s house on Thursday night there might be 15 to 20 teenagers crammed around the table. The kids who show up at Kathy and David’s have endured the ordeals of modern poverty: homelessness, hunger, abuse, sexual assault. Almost all have seen death firsthand — to a sibling, friend or parent.

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Broadcasting Peace: Case Study on Education for Peace Through Radio

This case study portrays a Learning for Peace intervention carried out in partnership with Straight Talk Foundation to promote awareness about conflict drivers, strengthen peacebuilding competencies and the capacity of youth and communities to mitigate and manage conflicts in and around education. The intervention is informed by a 2014-15 conflict analysis of the education sector in Uganda and has utilized a Communication for Development approach comprising media-based, school-based and community dialogue activities.

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