Behond Hiroshima -25 February 2011

If we examine the nature of our lives, we find that from the moment of birth until we die, such simple human qualities as kindness, generositiy, and affection play a crucial role in ensuring not only that we feel satisfied but even that we survive.

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Understanding One Another -25 February 2011

This booklet is the fruit of a two-year process, which we began in 2003 with a focus group-comprised of Palestinans and Jews-- that met regularly at the American Center in Jerusalem. The group viewd and analyzed Israeli and Palestinan films, trying to choose those that would be most appropriate for coexistence education and for helping both Arabs and Jews understand better the complex weave of relations between us.

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Researching Conflict in Africa Insights and Experiences -25 February 2011

Africa has the uncanny reputation of being the world’s leading theatre of conflict, war, poverty, disease, and instability. Therefore it is not surprising that scholars of ethnicity and conflict management regard it as a major laboratory for experimentation and theory building. Notwithstanding the exaggerations and oversimplifications that sometimes attend the claims and findings, including the tendency to lump all states in the continent together as suffering from the tribalism disease, Africa generally has not disappointed and, in a manner of speaking, has lived up to its billing. This is certainly true of the turbulent post-Cold War period in which Africa has experienced persistent violent and seemingly intractable conflicts.

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what do we mean when we say sacred? -2 March 2011

Culture is critical to the survival and development of s people. The value of culture as an element of resistance to foreign domination cannot be overmphasized. That is because of the fact that culture is the vigorous manifestation of the material and historical reality of the society. Culture is simultaneously the fruit of a people's history and a determinatant of their history.

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Diversity & Citizenship -4 March 2011

Citizenship education has come a long way and we saw examples of outstanding practice. Capturing and replicating that expertise in all schools is a challenge. Many teachers are unsure of the standards expected in Citizenship. This is not surprising, given that it is such a young statutory subject and that many teachers have no specific Citizenship training. There is huge variation in the amount and quality of citizenship provision in schools, partly attributed to the flexible or ‘light touch’ approach, which schools interpret widely. This ‘light touch’ also presents significant difficulties for Ofsted inspections, which show that almost all schools claim they provide some of their Citizenship across the curriculum; yet most of these schools do not prioritise citizenship objectives

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L'Islam et l'Occident Dialoguer pour la paix -16 March 2011

Aux yeux de beaucoup de gens, dans le monde de l'Islam, l'Occident ne jouit guère d'un statut meilleur. Il est aussi bien que la religions mahométaine, tout simplement méconnu. L'erreur la plus répandue est d'ailleurs celle qui consiste à considérer l'Occident comme un bloc monolithique. Chez les Islamistes à coup sûr, mais chez les autres musulmans également, le pays de George Bush symbolise parfaitement le Mal

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L'Islam et l'Occident Dialoguer pour la paix -16 March 2011

Aux yeux de beaucoup de gens, dans le monde de l'Islam, l'Occident ne jouit guère d'un statut meilleur. Il est aussi bien que la religions mahométaine, tout simplement méconnu. L'erreur la plus répandue est d'ailleurs celle qui consiste à considérer l'Occident comme un bloc monolithique. Chez les Islamistes à coup sûr, mais chez les autres musulmans également, le pays de George Bush symbolise parfaitement le Mal

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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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The Ethical Challenge of the Current Refugee Crisis in Europe

By Barry van Driel

From July 6 to July 15,1938 more than 30 countries gathered in Évian-les-Bains in France to discuss the plight of German and Austrian Jews, and to look for solutions for a growing refugee problem. The Jews of Germany (and Austria) had been stripped of their basic human rights and were desperate to find safe havens. Multiple states had migration quotas in place but none (the Dominican Republic was willing to take refugees but for large sums of money) were willing to raise their quotas to take in these refugees. Reasons given were the aftermath of the Great Depression, unemployment, etc. Though many representatives were sympathetic to the plight of the Jewish refugees in their rhetoric, their message was clear: this is not our problem and we take no responsibility; all of this mixed into a lethal cocktail of fear, hatred and distrust.

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Ethics Education in Romanian Schools: The Value of Training and Continuous Education

Laura Molnar is a trainer of the Learning to Live Together Programme (LTLT) and has become the driving force behind its implementation in the Romanian formal education system.

Laura comes from a little mountain town in Transylvania, Romania, but she is currently based in Bucharest. Her journey with the LTLT Programme started in 2009 when, while working as a psychologist for disadvantaged children, she was trained in a basic workshop in Geneva. With this new set of knowledge and skills, she started implementing the LTLT approach with the children she worked with. One year later she was selected to participate in the International Train the Trainers course organized by Arigatou International Geneva, which led her to a certification as a LTLT trainer.

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We Are All Refugees

By Dr. Angelos Vallianatos

Let’s face the facts: 13.5 million people in Syria need humanitarian assistance. 6.6 million are displaced within Syria, and 4.6 million Syrians are refugees. Half are children. From the beginning of the civil war in Syria, over 12.000 children have died.  Children affected by the Syrian conflict are at risk of becoming ill, malnourished, abused, or exploited. Millions have been forced to quit school.

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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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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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Reflections on the panel on “Education to prevent xenophobia, Islamophobia, in South Africa”

By Ilham Nasser, Ph.D.


My trip to Cape Town was an eye opening experience on many fronts. I gained new knowledge on the political atmosphere and transformation in South Africa, it’s socio economic conditions, the education system and interfaith initiatives. The trip was enriching and energizing to someone like me who has roots in the Middle East and has a great amount of despair about what is going on there. The occupation of Palestine, and the wars in Syria, and Yemen are cases in point. I travelled to Cape Town to attend a meeting of the Interfaith Council on Ethics for Children Council a project of Arigatou International. The highlight of my trip was when our host, Dr. Imam Rashied Omar organized a panel presentation and roundtable discussion with educators, and teachers who work in areas of interfaith and intercultural education as part of the Council meeting.

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