On 10 August 2023, UNESCO organized a National Stakeholders’ Meeting on Conflict Reconciliation and Peacebuilding in Timor-Leste, with a focus on the role of archives and alternative sites for history and peace education in the country.
PCFF, a joint Israeli-Palestinian organization of over 600 families who have lost an immediate family member to the ongoing conflict, has for years conducted dialogue meetings for youth and adults in schools. The dialogues are led by two PCFF members, an Israeli and a Palestinian, who tell their personal stories of bereavement and explain their choice to engage in dialogue instead of revenge. The Israeli Ministry of Education recently rejected the Parents Circle application to continue working in schools. Please consider signing their petition asking the Minister to reverse their decision.
According to the American Friends of the Parents Circle – Families Forum, “the Israeli government has recently announced its intention to restrict the Parents Circle’s public activities, starting with the removal of its Dialogue Meeting programs from Israeli schools…based on false allegations that the Dialogue Meetings [it often hosts in schools] denigrates IDF soldiers.” The dialogue meetings being challenged are led by two PCFF members, an Israeli and a Palestinian, who tell their personal stories of bereavement and explain their choice to engage in dialogue instead of revenge.
The Niwano Peace Foundation will award the 35th Niwano Peace Prize to the Adyan Foundation in Lebanon in recognition of its continued service to global peace-building, notably its development of a program for children and educators offering guidance to peace and reconciliation for those affected by the Syrian war.