Education: Challenges in contexts of conflict

Terrorist attacks against educational targets have increased in recent years. Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust analyzes current trends and explores solutions for tackling violent extremism.

Evelin Lindner’s Blue Planet Perspective for Transforming Humiliation and Terror

In this review essay, Janet Gerson writes that to understand Dr. Evelin Lindner and her new book “Honor, Humiliation and Terror: An Explosive Mix and How We Can Defuse It with Dignity” is to seek out an innovative transdisciplinary approach to key crises of our times. Her purpose is “intellectual activism” laid out through a “painter’s way of seeing, a journey in search of new levels of meaning.”

Teaching Sept. 11 To Students Who Were Born After The Attacks Happened

America’s schools — where collective memory is shaped — are now full of students who weren’t alive 15 years ago. As such, many teachers struggle with whether and how to teach the attacks and their aftermath. According to one survey, only about 20 states include anything in depth about the events of that fateful day in their high school social studies curriculum. And when they are taught, critics say, it’s often through a narrow lens.

Terrorism & Nonviolence: An Animation

Terrorism is a serious concern for people and communities all around the world. But, do we have to accept it as “the new normal”? No. We can end it. This short animation by the Metta Center for Nonviolence is a tool for starting conversations about nonviolent solutions to terrorism.

Integrating Mental Health and Education Fields into Countering Violent Extremism

How can we involve professionals from the mental health and education fields in countering violent extremism? Are there lessons to be learned from other types of intervention programs?

Increasing attention has been drawn to the need for an expanded role for mental health care in countering violent extremism. Incorporating mental health and education fields into countering violent extremism holds significant potential in enhancing prevention and intervention capacities. However, to do so effectively requires a better understanding of how to reconcile assets and contingencies from education and mental health with CVE needs and contingencies.

Educating a New Generation of Peace Leaders as a Way to Prevent Homegrown Terrorism

This paper presents an innovative, new model for educating and empowering a new generation of young peace leaders as a way to prevent homegrown terrorism. The model is based on the “Peace Guerilla” (PG) pilot project that the Canadian International Institute of Applied Negotiation (CIIAN) ran with grade 6 and 7 students at Ross Road Elementary School in North Vancouver, BC in 2011.

Role of education stressed in eradicating terrorism (Qatar)

Dr. Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kuwari, Adviser at the Emiri Diwan and Qatar’s candidate for the position of Unesco director general, has stressed the role of education in “raising awareness about peace and draining the springs of terrorism that emanate from the hotbeds of conflict and the impoverished regions that are overshadowed by ignorance.” Al-Kuwari made the remarks when he addressed representatives of the European Union at the European Parliament in Brussels.

Why You Should Care About Nukes

This video produced by Minute Physics illuminates the continued dangers of nuclear weapons and the nuclear arms race in the post-cold war world, particularly nuclear winter but also modernizations by the US and Russian governments, EMPs (electromagnetic pulses), fallout, explosions, terrorism, and potential accidents.

The Brussels Bombings: What We Can Do

In the face of the attacks in Brussels and Mosul, the wars in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen, the attacks before in Paris, and what seems to be a constant barrage of incidents of violence, terror and war in so many parts of the world, many of us often feel powerless – left wondering what we can do and whether it will ever end or change. Kai Frithjof Brand-Jacobsen, Director of the Department of Peace Operations (DPO) at PATRIR suggests 10 actions we can do to overcome the terror and war we are seeing. Amongst his suggestions, for the immediate, medium and long-term: working to have peace education introduced as part of core curriculum into all of our schools and education systems world-wide.

Peace Education & Mentorship for Students (PEMS) Program – Nigeria

Peace Education and Mentorship for Students (PEMS) program was carried out successfully at Federal Government College, Kiyawa, Jigawa State of Nigeria; on March 5, 2016. The target group were the Safe School Initiative students (73 in number), who were traumatized by the Boko Haram terrorism in Nigeria. The objectives were to teach them the basic concepts of peace and conflict, their relevance to everyday living and how to engage in conflict resolution. And to mentor them on how to better cope with emotional trauma, which many of them suffer, from previous experience to violence.

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