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Arigatou International at the Week for Peace and Sustainable Development organized by UNESCO

Arigatou International was invited by UNESCO to contribute to the UNESCO Week for Peace and Sustainable Development that took place in Ottawa, Canada, from 6 to 10 March. The event was a unique platform for discussion on two key programs of the Education Sector, namely Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship Education, and their practical contribution in achieving Target 4.7 of the Sustainable Development Goal 4 on Education. The Week focused on the issue of teachers and teacher training, and highlighted best practices.

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Designing a Peacebuilding Infrastructure: Taking a Systems Approach to the Prevention of Deadly Conf -31 May 2010

*NGLS development dossier focusing on conflict prevention and peacebuilding *Explores such issues as structural and institutional prevention, the linkages between conflict prevention and development, as well as the importance of regional mechanisms and early warning systems *Analyzes how conflict and prevention are perceived and addressed by the international community, and offers a series of applicable recommendations

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Enriching the Knowledge Base on Intercultural and Interfaith Education at the IAIE Conference

Arigatou International Geneva participated in the Annual Conference of the International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE) under the theme: Education Theory and Practice in Challenging Times: Cultivating an Ethos of Social Justice, Respect, and Diversity.

The conference, held from 12 to 16 June 2017, took place in Angers, France and was organized by Université Catholique de l'Ouest in collaboration with IAIE and the support of the Korean Association for Multicultural Education.

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For God So Loves the World: Peacemaking and the Care of God's Creation -14 May 2010

*Contains six study sessions on the care of creation *Each session is based on slected biblical passsages and is designed for a one-hour meeting *Suitable for use in: an adult church school class, Presbyterian Women or Men, church officers, retreat settings, adult Bible study class, a peacekeeping committee, a Lenten study, a sermon series, personal study, youth groups, and an environmental justice task force

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General Comments of the Committee on the Rights of the Child -17 May 2010

*Includes CD with Concluding Observations *Includes General Comments No. 1- No. 8 (2001-2006): The Aims of Education; The Role of Independent National Human Rights Institutions in the promotioon and protection of the rights of the child; HIV/AIDS and the rights of the child; Adolescent Health and Development in the contesxt of the Convention on the Rights of the Child; Treatment of Unaccompanied and Separated Children; Implementing child rights in Early Childhood; The right of the Child to protection from corporal punishment and other cruel or degrading forms of punishment *Includes other materials for the CRC at 18

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Learning to Abolish War: Teaching toward a culture of peace -5 May 2010

*Resource packet for peace education *Based on the Hague Agenda for Peace and Justice for the 21st Century *3 Books: 1) Rationale and Approach, 2) Sample Learning Units, 3) Teacher Training Procedures *Lessons cover roots of war, international human rights and humanitarian law, conflict prevention, disarmament, and human security *Lessons for all levels (elementary, middle grade, and secondary)

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Learning to Live Together: The role of education in preventing violent extremism

By: Rev. Dr Hans Ucko

Whenever I hear words such as “violent extremism”, it is as if I am drained and a feeling of fatigue overpowers me. The words conjure up images of dead and wounded children and young people. Children as victims. There is Alan Kurdî, the little boy found drowned on the beach in Turkey. There is Omran Daqneesh, the little boy covered in dust in the ambulance in Aleppo wiping away blood from his face. The first victims of war and conflict are children. Political and religious rhetoric advocating violence is attracting and motivating individuals or groups but there is nothing that could justify violence against children.

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Outcomes and Learnings from the Pilot Program in Kenya

The Pilot Program to implement the Learning to Live Together (LTLT) Programme in the Tana River County came to an end, delivering positive outcomes, particularly in relation to its impact on children, teachers and the communities.

The initiative, which took off in September 2014, was developed by Arigatou International Geneva, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Kenya (MoEST) and UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa, reaching 657 children between 9 and 17 years old.

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Reflections on Education for Peace

By Prof. Dr. Alicia Cabezudo*

Education for peace and respect for human rights become particularly relevant today as the values that they entail are conflicted by daily violence, the horrors of war and the slow destruction of values such as solidarity, cooperation and respect for the other – situations that shake us daily.

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Sharing Best Practices for Peacebuilding at the Pan-African Symposium on Education, Resilience and Social Cohesion

It is well know that a good educational system can have a strong impact in creating a culture of peace and overcoming poverty. Education can reduce inequalities and contribute to social inclusion while fostering economic development, peace and stability. On the other hand, a weak education system can reinforce exclusion and fuel marginalization, alienation, conflicts and violent extremism.

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Sharing Good Practices in the III Scholas Chairs International Congress in Jerusalem

Arigatou International was invited to the III Scholas Chairs International Congress which took place in Jerusalem, Israel from 2 to 5 July 2017, bringing together academics from the Scholas Chairs program, diplomats, religious authorities and governments to promote cooperation and learning based on the idea of education as one of the main tools for social change. In addition, 50 youth from five continents representing the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths, joined the academics in the debates as a way to emphasize their key role in the renewal of education.

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