Former PM Tony Blair at recent Lisbon Summit

Tony Blair Calls for Global Education Charter to Fight Extremism

Tony Blair has called for a dramatic increase in resources for education that combats extremism in a report that says learning is an underappreciated tool to deploy against violent ideologies. The report titled “Teaching Tolerance: How to Educate Against Extremism,” issued by the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change said it hoped to a launch a charter for education reform that nations could sign up to as part of the UN Global Goals. The principles in the charter would seek to address the threat from radicalization in the early years of life, an aspect that security polices had not so far confronted on a world widewide scale. By redressing the imbalance between military and financial responses to extremism, the initiative hopes for an antidote to the spread of hate… Complete Article HERE

Director of Community Violence Reduction, Shonna Majors giving speech with chief of police and mayor of Bellamy Park, IN

Early Childhood Education Can Prevent Violence Later in Life

If we are committed to preparing our children to be productive members of society, we must include character building in the curriculum. Our youth are our future—and the more we can invest in their education and character building at an early age, the more likely they are to succeed. Early childhood education is critical for the formation of good school habits, learning habits, and the ability to thrive in a school environment. Parents and teachers play an important role in establishing how best to help each child learn, as well as providing them with creative tools to help them cope with trauma and the ups and downs of life.  Complete Article  HERE

Committee of UN Envoys, and leaders representing children and refugees and ECW Director dealing with: Humanitarian Crises That Leave Millions of Children Without Schools or Education.

World’s Spreading Humanitarian Crises Leave Millions of Children Without Schools or Education

There are over 260 million children who don’t go to schools, mostly because there are none, while the education of an estimated 75 million children and youth have been disrupted by humanitarian crises. One of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG4) is aimed at ensuring that everyone—-”no matter who they are, or where they live”—can access quality education by the targeted date of 2030. Achieving that formidable goal has been undertaken by Education Cannot Wait (ECW) described as the first global, multi-lateral fund dedicated to education in emergencies. Launched in 2016, and hosted by the UN children’s agency UNICEF, ECW has provided educational opportunities, in its first two years of operation, to over 1.5 million children and youth caught up in the widespread humanitarian crises…  Complete Article  HERE

A 12-year-old Jewish student of Cheltenham Secondary College forced to kiss the feet of a Muslim child in an antisemitic incident.

‘A Rapidly Spreading Crisis’—Anti-Semitism in Melbourne’s Public Schools

A five-year-old student at Hawthorn West Primary School began wetting himself in class after he was subjected to anti-Semitic bullying over the course of four months, while a 12-year-old student at Cheltenham Secondary College was forced to kiss the feet of a Muslim child and was physically assaulted. The first child was being bullied on a daily basis by five classmates in the school bathrooms. It started when he was questioned about being circumcised. Then came the barrage of anti-Semitic insults, including “Jewish vermin,” “the dirty Jew” and a “Jewish cockroach.” At home, the five-year-old broke down. “He literally fell down on the floor,” his mother shared with The AJN,”and said, ‘Mummy, you shouldn’t love me. I’m a worthless, Jewish rodent. I’m vermin.'” But when raised with the school, the mother says they were “dismissive” of the anti-Semitic element. The school’s solution was to keep the student from using the regular bathroom, offering the facilities of another bathroom instead. According to the student’s mother, “they refused to accept there was an anti-Semitic issue. ‘It’s not anti-Semitism, it’s just bullying.’ The principal said: “I don’t want to make other students feel uncomfortable.” Complete Article  HERE

Arab-Israeli students protesting

Arab Israeli Students Walk out of School to Protest Wave of Violence

Students in the northern Arab city of Umm al-Fahm, left school on Monday to protest ongoing violence in their city and in the Arab community in Israel. In the third such demonstration in the city in recent days, students and other community members, including teachers and parents, bore signs protesting the violence and marched on Umm al-Fahm’s police station, Haaretz reported. Over 60 Arab Israelis have been murdered since the start of 2019. On Friday hundreds protested in the Wadi Ara area demanding the closure of the police station in Umm al-Fahm, saying police were not doing enough to confront violence in their communities. On September 20, four Arab Israelis were murdered within hours of each other. Two days later, a series of brutal crimes left one dead and several seriously injured. The violence rocked Israel’s Arab minority and prompted its political representatives to promise to make the problem a primary issue.   Complete Article  HERE

Kathleen Madu, of nt'l Women's Peace Group pic

Healing From Childhood War Trauma Through Education

I remember the day war broke out in my hometown in Nigeria—I was only five at the time. When we walked out, fire was everywhere. It was chaotic, and we tried to save as many people as possible. … I set my hopes for a more peaceful life in the U.S. However, after residing in Los Angeles for several years, I realized it can also have its dangers. … Honestly, I didn’t come to America to be afraid that I’m going to get shot, but it’s gotten to the point where I have to protect others from getting shot. Knowing firsthand how traumatizing violence is, I want to be part of the solution to end it, so I volunteered to teach about peace for International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG)…. Complete Article  HERE

Fourteen hands of all races forming a circle

The Place of Religion in School

Events such as the Christchurch massacre have sparked a fresh conversation over religious studies in our school system. … On the more violent end, says Douglas Pratt, an honorary professor of theology at the University of Auckland, religious naivety can suck people—young people in particular—into more fundamentalist forms of religion, “which become highly prejudicial and feed forms of extremism.” “So, you have increasing and competing polarizsations of extreme views, either saying this religion is the only right religion and others saying all religion is wrong, and any sense of a middle ground, seeing values within the religious sensibility and structures, is missing. …”  At the same time, there are growing calls for more education about religion—as distinct from religious instruction—to be included in the school curriculum. Complete Article HERE

School Year Starts With Controversial Curriculum Changes

The nation’s pupils will start feeling the effects immediately of the appointment of Bayit Yehudi leader and Yamina Knesset candidate Rafi Peretz as education minister with the start of school on Sunday. The most significant change that Peretz already succeeded in making to the curriculum is that the Jewish Nation-State Law will be taught in Gr. 11 to all sectors of the population. It will also be on matriculation examinations, so pupils will not be able to bypass the information taught about the law. But opponents of the law said it is especially insensitive to require Arab and Druze students to learn about it.   Complete Article  HERE

Stack of books saying: These books. are waiting. to be. written.

Using Creative Writing to Inculcate Peace in Nigerian Youth

The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) will collaborate with the education sector to help youths embrace peace in the country, using poetry and short story books. The director general of IPCR, Bakut Bakut, said that the project was designed to inculcate the culture of peaceful coexistence in the minds and thoughts of youth and also as part of efforts to mainstream peace into the secondary school curriculum. The program will include: nationwide literary competition on poetry and short story books for secondary schools as well as a conference on youth, peace and security with a public presentation of the books and award to winners in each category of books included in the secondary school curriculum. Andy Nkemneme, chairman of the Poetry and Short Stories for Peace-Building Committee added, “We need to start talking to them at a young age so they do not become a recruitment ground for insurgency, cultism and various vices in the country,” he said. Complete Article HERE

Afghan children in bombed-out classroom

Education Can Help to Bring Peace—but Not While Schools Are Still Under Attack

Education has been under attack in Afghanistan for years. Despite claims of progress in the ongoing peace talks, children continue to bear the brunt of violence and intimidation. Attacks on schools in Afghanistan tripled last year. By December, more than 1,000 schools were shut by the conflict, leaving about 500,000 children out of school. Theirworld’s #WriteTheWrong campaign is about getting every child in the world into safe schools. That includes 75 million who currently have their education interrupted by conflicts and emergencies.   Complete Article  HERE