Afghan Ambassador Roya Ramhani

Peace Road Map for Afghanistan Will Let Taliban Negotiate Women’s Rights

Afghanistan must “be free of fear and abuse” under a final peace deal, says Roya Rahmani, the country’s ambassador to Washington. An agreement between the U.S. and the Taliban, for new talks with Kabul, raises concerns that women may lose rights in future Afghan governments. Rahmani, a longtime women’s rights activist, remembers all too well what Afghanistan was like during the 1990s, under the Taliban’s rule, when women were beaten for leaving their homes and barred from attending school or holding jobs. “People were drained of hope” and were “living zombies.”  Today, she noted, women make up 28 percent of the Afghan National Assembly—more than in Congress. Women’s rights are supposed to be addressed in the future talks, which could result in a power-sharing arrangement between the Afghan government and the Taliban. Although some American and Afghan officials say the Taliban appear to be more receptive to women’s rights than in the past, others worry that women will be given lip service in that final accord, or left out entirely.   Complete Article  HERE

How Anti-Semitism Almost Found a Place in California’s School Curriculum

The California board of education announced that it was withdrawing its proposed model of an ethnic-studies curriculum. The number of hate crimes against Jews in California increased more than those against any other group in 2018, according to the state attorney general’s office. Included was a long list of the kinds of hatred that have oppressed minority groups in California, including bigotry against Muslims and transsexual people. All of the items on the list belong there, but anti-Semitism was curiously missing…. Complete Article  HERE

West Africa: Building Peace in West Africa—Women Decision-Makers are Key

AllAfrica’s Nontobeko Mlambo spoke with Levinia Addae-Mensah, Program Director and Deputy Executive Director of the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), about how she became involved in peacebuilding work, what goes in to her role and why empowering women to be decision-makers in this sector is key.

I started working with Wanep as well as a consultant in a capacity of a coordinator to set up a peace education program which sought to help strengthen institutional educational sector so that it can include peace and security and Conflict issues as part of the curriculum. Also at the same time developing Informal educational platforms for young people to develop skills in dealing with conflict.   Complete Article  HERE

Push for Ethnic Studies in Schools Faces a Dilemma: Whose Stories to Tell

Discuss a recent instance of police brutality in your community. Read op-eds arguing for and against legal status for unauthorized immigrants. Compare and contrast border conditions in the Palestinian territories and Mexico. Those are some of the lesson plans suggested in a draft of California’s newly proposed ethnic studies curriculum for K-12 public schools. The documents have led to bitter debate in recent weeks over whether they veer into left-wing propaganda, and whether they are inclusive enough of Jews and other ethnic groups. Now, amid a growing outcry, even progressive policymakers in the state are promising significant revisions. Complete Article  HERE

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Meaningful Education of Refugee Children Remains Far-Fetched Dream

Uganda has been branded ‘a country with an open-door policy for refugees.’ Under international law, Uganda, as a host country, is under an obligation to protect, promote and implement all human rights and freedoms of all refugees without discrimination. Key among these is the right to education, which is an indispensable component for the realization of many other rights. . . . However, the meaningful integration of refugee children and children of refugees especially in urban public schools remains a far-fetched dream specifically due to policy challenges. Complete Article HERE

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Peace is Not The Absence of War

Albert Einstein said, “Peace is not merely the absence of war but the presence of justice, of law, of order—in short, of government.” Peace has different definitions, but in a nutshell, it is a tool or means to end war or conflict. . . . Kenya ought to resolve issues which are pending to avoid conflict in future . . . foster a culture of peace through education by embracing a curriculum advocating for attitudes and behaviors on building a culture of peace, including peaceful conflict-resolution, dialogue, tolerance, consensus-building and active non-violence. Complete Article HERE

Israelis protesting Peretz re: LGBTQ

LGBTQ Teachers Threaten Strike Unless ‘Dangerous’ Education Minister Sacked

Thousands of teachers in Israel have signed a petition demanding that Education Minister Rafi Peretz be sacked for openly backing therapy aimed at converting gays to heterosexuality. Peretz, a rabbi who leads the Union of Right-Wing Parties, sparked an uproar after telling Channel 12 in an interview over the weekend that he supports conversion therapy and has been involved in it. His statement drew widespread criticism from across the political spectrum, protests and calls for him to be fired. Complete Article HERE

Wall of Remembrence: PEW- States Teaching Holocaust

As Hate Incidents Rise, States Require Teaching the Holocaust

Ignorance about the Holocaust is growing, particularly among young people. A survey last year showed that two-thirds of U.S. millennials were not familiar with Auschwitz, the largest Nazi death camp complex, located near Krakow, Poland. James Waller, a professor of Holocaust and genocide studies at Keene State College in New Hampshire, said there is merit to teaching in “ways that connect the Holocaust and genocide with everyday people—in dehumanizing, ‘other-izing,’ discrimination and so on. … I think when teachers are intentional about those connections, I think it can do some good,” he said. “It is when the course is just taught as history that it makes it easy for students to say, ‘It happened then, it happened there, it has no relevance here.’”   Complete Article  HERE

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Africa: How The Teachings of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Inspire Ghana’s Youth

Wisdom Addo from Ghana is the executive director for West Africa Centre for Peace Foundation. Addo has over seven years of experience working with young people in schools and communities—mobilizing and training them on peace building, conflict resolution, leadership skills, and community developments. His foundation is helping young people in Ghana build on these skills while also promoting peace, tolerance and respect for human rights in schools and communities. Complete Article HERE

Madrassa Students

Madrassas In Pakistan: Essential For Literacy And Economic Elevation

Madrassas, in the West, are considered dens of terror and are held responsible for inciting extremism and terrorism. This picture presented today is not entirely correct as the madrassa educational system has a rich history. In recent times, however, some of the madrassas have indeed been used for negative purposes intentionally or unintentionally; but reformed and modern madrassas are required in Pakistan to educate the highly illiterate young population … Complete Article HERE