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Transforming a new humanistic vision of global education into reality (webinar video now available)

On May 20, 2024, a virtual webinar on “Transforming a new humanistic vision of global education into reality” was co-hosted by the Global Campaign for Peace Education and NISSEM. The webinar addressed the potential for implementing the groundbreaking 2023 Recommendation on Education for Peace, Human Rights and Sustainable Development that was adopted by all UNESCO Member States in November of 2023.

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Peace education in the 21st century: an essential strategy for building lasting peace

This UNESCO report illuminates the essential role of education in upholding the institutions, norms and standards that help constructively manage conflict and prevent violence, and sustain peace. While education for peace has a long history as a tool and strategy for preventing and transforming violent conflicts, this overview seeks to uplift its significance as an essential tool within the UN framework, as well as with nation states, and non-state actors.

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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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International Day of Education 2024: Learning for Lasting Peace

The sixth International Day of Education will be celebrated on 24 January 2024 under the theme “learning for lasting peace”. An active commitment to peace is more urgent today than ever and education is central to this endeavor. Learning for peace must be transformative, and help empower learners with the necessary knowledge, values, attitudes and skills and behaviours to become agents of peace in their communities.

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Unraveling America’s Shame: Embracing Peace Education Amidst School Wars

Recent legislation has led to conflicts in educational institutions, suppressing discussions on diversity and promoting cultural and structural violence. Addressing these issues through peace education can transform schools into spaces of enlightenment, understanding, and peace, emphasizing respect and collaboration across cultures.

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Revision of the 1974 Recommendation: UNESCO Member States reach consensus

On 12 July, UNESCO Member States agreed on the revised text of the 1974 Recommendation concerning education for international understanding, co-operation and peace and education relating to human rights and fundamental freedoms. This international document provides a clear roadmap for how education should evolve in the twenty-first century to contribute in the face of contemporary threats and challenges.  

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What can education concretely (and realistically) do to mitigate contemporary threats and foster lasting peace?

This white paper presented by the Global Campaign for Peace Education provides an overview of the role and potential of peace education for addressing contemporary and emergent global threats and challenges to peace.  In doing so, it provides an overview of contemporary threats; outlines the foundations of an effective transformative approach to education; reviews the evidence of the effectiveness of these approaches; and explores how these insights and evidence might shape the future of the field of peace education.

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