Peace Education Webinar Series in 2019 - 2020
Our second peace education webinar series is now open for registration! Please see below for the planned webinars. To view last season’s webinars, click here.
Anti-discrimination and Gender Expertise for School Textbooks and Learning/Teaching Materials: Methodology, Criteria, Indicators
During the summer of 2019, the Ministry of Education and Science of Kyrgyzstan adopted new procedures and methodologies aimed at integrating textbooks and other school materials with the themes of gender equality and non-discrimination. Dr. Nina Bagdasarova is an author of the Manual on Gender Equality and Social Inclusion for Textbooks Authors, Designers and Experts approved by the Ministry in 2017. This Manual served as a basis for the new detailed Methodology that was developed by a team of experts (Nina Bagdasarova, Zulfia Kocherbaeva, Nadezhda Prigoda) in spring 2019. During this webinar, the main educational outcomes in gender equality and social inclusion were presented along with the criteria and indicators for anti-discrimination and gender expertise/evaluation of school textbooks and learning/teaching materials.
Peace Education in Armenia: Experience and Lessons Learned (25 October, 10.00 GMT +1 / CET)
In 2002 Women For Development NGO started implementing the project “Peace and Peaceful Conflict Resolution Education in Schools of Armenia”. The main goal of the project was to include peace education in the school curriculum. The main activities of the peace education program include: organizing peace education sessions in schools; trainings for in- and pre-service teachers; and increasing the participation of the parents in the process. The process of institutionalization of the peace education in Armenia started in August 2015 when the National Institute of Education of the RA Ministry of Education officially included peace and conflict management education in the range of the topics that are taught during the class head’s classes.
Education for sustainable Peace, an initiative by Aegis Trust (15 November 15.00 GMT +1 / CET)
Ubumuntu, humanness or greatness of hearts is what Aegis work aspires to. To support this change, Aegis had to respond to one key question “how do we equip the current and next generation with well researched knowledge and skills that will help them to take and lead the way to sustainable peace and Ubumuntu”. This initiative was taken when the country was still suffering from consequences of the Geneocide perpetrated against Tutsi which brutally took more than a million in just a hundred days. The on-site Peace Education programming together with outreach programming built around stories of peace which started in 2013, laid the ground for the work that was to be done in the curriculum three years later. The three-year project ended with a big achievement: Peace and Values Education was infused in the Rwandan school curriculum vertically and horizontally. Vertically means at all levels while horizontally means in all subjects. Many saw this approach as a challenging situation because indeed how do you talk about Peace in Physics, Chemistry? To respond to this genuine challenge, Aegis started the journey to accompany the implementation of the Competence Based Curriculum which now had “Peace and Values Education” as a crosscutting item. Teachers were trained and given the required printed teaching and learning materials (teacher guide and model lesson plans). To support the face to face work done with teachers, youth and the community at large, a digital platform dubbed “Ubumuntu Digital Platform” was created to take further Peace Education content and methodology in a more interactive and creative way.
Presenter: Anita Kayirangwa, Director of Programmes, Aegis Trust
The Peace School: Building peace by confronting social conflict in Mexico (3 December, 17.00 GMT +1 / CET)
Servicios y Asesoría para la Paz / Services and Consultancy for Peace (Serapaz) is a of Mexican civil society organization established in 1996 with the aim of accompanying communities, peoples and organizations in working through social conflicts. The Peace School was born 14 years ago out of Serapaz´s interest in offering a space for learning, meeting and strengthening the capacities of these social actors on their way to the transformation of their social conflicts. This educational experience is based on the Positive Conflict Transformation approach used by SERAPAZ and other organizations dedicated to the accompaniment of communities and social movements working for social change. The Peace School is designed as an integrated pedagogical proposal that facilitates the development of knowledge, skills and aptitudes for the construction of peace through various nonviolent strategies. This webinar will share more details about the format and results of the Peace School, as well as who the School is designed for and why this process is important in the current Mexican context.
Escuela de Paz: Construir paz desde el abordaje de la conflictividad social en México
Servicios y Asesoría para la Paz (Serapaz) es una fundación de la sociedad civil mexicana nacida en 1996 con el objetivo de acompañar a comunidades, pueblos y organizaciones en la atención a sus conflictos sociales. Hace 14 años Esta escuela nació del interés de Serapaz por ofrecer un espacio de aprendizaje, encuentro y fortalecimiento de las capacidades de las organizaciones y actores sociales en su camino para la transformación de conflictos sociales. Esta experiencia educativa está basada en el enfoque de Transformación Positiva de Conflictos vivida y sistematizada por SERAPAZ y otras organizaciones dedicadas al acompañamiento de comunidades, organizaciones y movimientos sociales para el cambio social.
Idioma(s) del webinar: español e inglés
Presentadoras: Diana Lepe, Coordinadora de Educación y Annie Boggess, Promotora de Educación, SERAPAZ
Languages: Spanish and English (All of the content will be presented in the two languages during the one hour session)
Presenters: Diana Lepe, Education Coordinator and Annie Boggess, Education Promotor at SERAPAZ
Violent Extremism and Terrorism: Exploring New Frontiers in West Africa (January 31, 2020 12.00 GMT +1 / CET)
This webinar will highlight the emerging trend of violent extremism and terrorism in West Africa-Sahel belt and its implications for the coastal areas of West Africa, especially, Benin, Ghana and Togo. Lessons learned and recommendations for response and mitigation of the threats will also be shared. The threat of terrorism and violent extremism in West Africa and the Sahel is of increasing concern to local, regional, and international actors. A recent United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) publication has shown that growing threats and acts of violent extremism and terrorism in the region have created a climate of fear and insecurity that continue to undermine peace and development efforts. In comparison to other regional blocks in Africa, West Africa has increasingly become a hotbed for predatory acts of a host of extremist groups. The trend of terrorist and extremist activities remains significantly high, especially in Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Mali and Niger.
Presenter: Edward Kingston Jombla, Regional Conflict Analyst, West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP)