Generations for Peace: Jordan Schools Programs

In the context of the social tensions between Syrian refugees and Jordanians, Generations for Peace has been successful in empowering youth to solve conflict peacefully through its use of pedagogies including collaboration, participation, and sustainability.

Sesame Workshop is seeking a Senior Education Director, Refugee Programs

Sesame Workshop is seeking a Senior Education Director, Refugee Programs. The right candidate is a passionate and collaborative individual who will design and manage education-related activities for our new humanitarian initiative to bring early childhood education to Syrian refugees in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria, in partnership with the International Rescue Committee.

Bringing Refugee Voices into the Classroom

NaTakallam (“We Speak” in Arabic) is a social venture that creates employment opportunities for displaced persons primarily from Syria and Iraq and brings refugee voices, cultural exchange, and language learning opportunities to people all over the world. NaTakallam has partnered with over 65 schools and 25 universities in 13 countries.

Between Idealism and Realism: Critical Peace Education in Divided Post-Conflict Contexts

Proponents of Critical Peace Education seek to empower individuals, to enable voices and boost the participation and agency of the marginalized. They promote taking the other’s perspective and recognizing other historical narratives as important requirements to develop students’ critical consciousness, to enable them to explore contradictions in their social, political and economic realm, and prepare them to act against such contradictions.

Educating for the Future of Syria: The Time is Now

The time to strategically and boldly invest in Syrian education is now. The 2017 Global Terrorism Index shows a notable shift in terror tactics. In 2009, 16% of Al Qa’ida attacks targeted educational facilities, but only 1.5% of attacks had this same focus in 2016. This not only prompts timely investment in positive peace, but an opportune centralisation of education in the discussion of nation-building. Syrian society faces a dire but not hopeless risk of losing a critical youthful generation to war. The war’s current duration parallels the expected length of a young person’s primary or secondary schooling career.

Adyan Foundation to receive the Niwano Peace Prize

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.

Syria: Imagine another way

What could have been done to prevent the worst atrocities happening in Syria? A new animated explainer briefly explores the role a Department of Peace could have played. We don’t propose to have the final answers, but we do hope to spark creative thinking.

Teaching peace, building resilience: Assessing the Impact of Peace Education for Young Syrians

In October 2015, International Alert launched a project aimed at building an evidence base to demonstrate the role that peace education can play in addressing young Syrians’ needs and increasing their resilience in the face of violence, displacement and war; in particular their resilience to recruitment by armed groups. Evidence gathered through Alert’s work with Syrian civil society organisations in Syria, Lebanon and Turkey shows that the provision of psychosocial support, safe spaces, supportive and positive adult role models, and value-based lessons in non-violence, human rights and self-care helps young people to navigate and cope with the impact of war.

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