Living in Harmony Book 8 -24 January 2011

Along the road of life, you make many choices. The choices will range from the trivial to the crucial. What you choose will determine the kind of person you become later. Your choices will also shape your life.

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White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue -18 February 2011

The “White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue” presented here, emphatically argues in the name of the governments of the 47 member states of the Council of Europe that our common future depends on our ability to safeguard and develop human rights, as enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights, democracy and the rule of law and to promote mutual understanding. It reasons that the intercultural approach offers a forward-looking model for managing cultural diversity. It proposes a conception based on individual human dignity (embracing our common humanity and common destiny). If there is a European identity to be realised, it will be based on shared fundamental values, respect for common heritage and cultural diversity as well as respect for the equal dignity of every individual.

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Learn together -21 February 2011

To promote a philosophy of education in which no child is considered an outsider; which promotes the fullest development of ability irrespective of gender, class or stereotype and which encapsulates this ethos in a democratic partenership uniquely combining the involvment of parents with the professional rôle of teachers

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Emusoi Maasai girls tell their stories -23 February 2011

On one level, the stories teach about an important part of Tanzanian culture. What better way to learn about life in a traditional Maasai boma than by listening to someone who lives there? The illustrations are a powerful addidtion because they are not created by someone sitting in a studio on the other side of the world, but by a young Tanzanian artist who grew up with the colours and textures of Maasai culture all around him

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Life and Death Moral Implications of Biotechnology -23 February 2011

Breathtaking developments in human genetics are turning yesterday's science fiction into today's possibilities, raising new and difficult questions for Christian ethics. Drawing on discussions among pastors, theologians and ethicists and researchers, medical doctors and scientists from the Nordic Lutheran churches, this book begin by introducing the issues of reproductive technologiy, prenatal diagnosis, genetic screening and euthanasia

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Ecole et Paix -23 February 2011

est-il logique de mettre l’accent sur l’éducation aux droits de l’homme alors que, dans une majorité de pays, l’accès à l’éducation n’est pas assuré ? Peut-être faut-il penser à rétablir les priorités en mettant l’accent sur le droit à l’éducation tout en sachant que l’éducation aux droits de l’homme en est une partie intégrante.

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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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Proyecto Educativo, Promocional y Pastoral a favor de Muchachos y Muchachas en situació de dificulta -25 February 2011

Constituye para mi una gran satisfacción poder presentar el "Proyecto Educativo, Promocional y Pastoral a favor de Muchachos y Muchachas en situació de dificultad". La Red Muchachos Situaciones con DOn BOsco (MDB) se ha ido consolidando poco a poco. Ha marcado un estilo y un ritmo de trabajo que se caracteriza simpre por ejecutar cada acción en el momento adecuado y con la intensidad adecuada. Los laicos y salesianos que Ilevn adelante este royecto son conscientes de que cuando se trata de educación de los jóvenes no se puede improvisar, hemos de saber lo que se quiere y a dóonde se pretende Ilevar al educando. El Proyecto Educativo es el instrumento que asegura que la red de MDB implementa líneas educativas comunes, respetando la particularidad de cadra centro.

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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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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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Development and Faith -2 March 2011

Development and Faith: whew Mind, Heart, and Soul WOrk Together is a significant contribution to a subject that is central to debates about the direction and shape of the twenty-first century. This inspiring book links the work of secular development practitioners to the world of faith. The largery untapped potential and the confluence of issues deserves our attention and action

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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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Faith: Many Beliefs, So Much in Common -4 March 2011

There are 22 major religions in the world plus many, many smaller group, and there are important differences between them. But at the heart of every religion is faith: the belief that there is somthing larger than ourselves, larger than our universe, something bayound what we can see and hear and touch, that gives meaning to our lives

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Tibet the Miraculous Snowland

Tibet is such a beautiful and riraculous region. The young plateau fosters the people with a long history; mountains and rivers can never stop people from yearning fot it.

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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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Tierra fértil para la paz -15 March 2011

En Colombia, en medio de las mύltiples manifestaciones de violencia que viven muchos niňos y niňas, existe la esperanza, bien fundada, de que desde los movimientos infantiles crece una conciencia de responsabilidad con el país y el sueňo de construir un futuro mejor

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Enfants du Monde se nourrir se loger s'instruire -16 March 2011

Du pay de Galle au Japon, en passant par la Syrie, la Norvège ou CUba, découvrer la vie quotidienne de 14 enfants dans le monde. Rencontrer leur famille, visitez leur maison, partager avec eux leurs jeux et leurs repas, accompagner-les sur le chemin de l'école. Un ouvrage pour ouvrir au monde, eveiller la curiosité et inviter petits et grands au voyage

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The Usborne Book of World Religions -16 March 2011

This book describes most of the major religions in the world, as well as some less well-known ones. It cannont be comprehensive, as there are fare too many religions for that. Even within the same religion, beliefs and opinions vary; this is book aims to explain the key ideas in as balanced and objective as possible.

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A faith like mine -16 March 2011

Before writing was invented, people passed on their faith throught their words and actions. The teachings and ideas behind some of the world's faiths were eventualy written down. Most faith have a book or books that tell the story of that faith, and guide people to follow the right path in life. Maybe you have heard stories from one of thes books

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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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Apostle of Peace, Seven Talks on Gandhiji -3 July 2012

"This small book contains seven talks on Mahatma Gandhi. Six of these were delivered over All India Radio, Kohima, the seventh at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Library at Kohima. Some friends suggested that these talks should be published. Hence this book. Though this book is intended mainly for readersin Nagaland and other North Eastern States, perhaps it will interest readers in other places as well. The author is deeply grateful to Gandhi Smarak Nidhi and its Secretary Shri. Devendra Kumar Gupta for their help in bringing on this book" M. Aram

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Nurturing Spirituality in Children - Online course

The Arigatou International’s Ethics Education Initiative launched on 25 February an online course on Nurturing Spirituality in Children. The course is part of a series of online courses to complete the Advanced Training Accreditation of the Learning to Live Together Programme. 

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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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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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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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Interfaith Council Annual Meeting: Moving the Ethics Education for Children Agenda Forward

As in previous years, the Interfaith Council on Ethics Education for Children held its annual meeting to help strategize and provide recommendations for the next period. This time, the meeting took place from 10 to 14 August 2017 in Coimbatore, India where the headquarters of Shanti Ashram, a long-time partner of Arigatou International Geneva, is located.

At the meeting, members of the Interfaith Council had the opportunity to review achievements and challenges of Arigatou International Geneva during the last year, reflect on relevant topics regarding Ethics Education for Children, and exchange views on the strategic plan for the next three years, providing technical recommendations as well as rationale-related inputs.

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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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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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Multiplying Efforts Across Dominican Republic

34 participants coming from each of the 31 provinces of Dominican Republic gathered in Santo Domingo from 2 to 4 June 2017 to go through a Facilitator Training Workshop of the Learning to Live Together (LTLT) Programme. The workshop allowed participants to acquire new knowledge and develop specific skills to foster dialogue, understanding, and respect in at-risk areas throughout the country.

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Sharing Values - A hermeneutics for Global Ethics

Author: Edited by Ariane Hentsch Cisneros and Shanta Premawardhana

As global ethics emerges as an important answer to the common issues facing humankind, we cannot spare an inquiry on the process leading to a consensus on global values. If we are to break political, economic, ideological, cultural, religious and gender-based patterns of domination in the debate on global ethics, we must ensure that all parties to the dialogue are able to express their values freely and in their own fashion. The book provides indications of the current studies on the hermeneutics of intercultural dialogue on ethics, with an attempt to formulate priorities for future implementation of this dialogue. These include using our own religious resources to foster dialogue on ethics, searching in the transcendental or the holistic for a solution to moral diversity, dealing with the deep concern caused by colonization and imperialism, and addressing the mutual challenges of traditionalism and modernism. Also presented are the “Globethics.net Principles on Sharing Values across Cultures and Religions”.

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Link: http://www.globethics.net/documents/4289936/13403236/GlobalSeries_4_SharingValues_text.pdf/6162b4a5-5cd2-4af6-bdc5-70699b69d923

Ethics and the Golden Rule

Author: Harry J. Gensler

It is commonly accepted that the golden rule—most often formulated as "do unto others as you would have them do unto you"—is a unifying element between many diverse religious traditions, both Eastern and Western. Its influence also extends beyond such traditions, since many non-religious individuals hold up the golden rule as central to their lives.

Yet, while it is extraordinarily important and widespread, the golden rule is often dismissed by scholars as a vague proverb that quickly leads to absurdities when one attempts to formulate it in clear terms. In this book, Harry J. Gensler defends the golden rule and addresses all of the major philosophic objections, pointing out several common misunderstanding and misapplications. Gensler first discusses golden-rule reasoning and how to avoid the main pitfalls. He then relates the golden rule to world religions and history, and to areas like moral education, egoism, evolution, society, racism, business, and medicine. The book ends with a discussion of theoretical issues (like whether all morality reduces to the golden rule, which the author argues against). 

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Ethics Education Workshop at Catholic University of Eastern Africa

Arigatou International Geneva facilitated a workshop on Ethics Education for 100 professionals from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and several other higher education institutions in Kenya on 15 March 2018. The workshop is part of a conference jointly organized by Globethics.net and the Catholic University of Eastern Africa on Integrating Ethics in Higher Education that took place from 13-16 March 2018 at CUEA, Kenya. 

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Towards a World of Peace: The Promise of Early Childhood Development

According to the series on ‘Advancing Early Childhood Development: From Science to Scale,’ that was recently published in The Lancet (2017), the world’s oldest and best known medical journal, we know that unfortunately, an estimated 250 million children under five years of age in low and middle income countries and emerging economies will face inequalities and fail to reach their full development potential. This is because they grow up with a broad range of risk factors that include poverty, poor health, abuse, neglect, and exploitation, as well as inadequate care and learning opportunities.(1)

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Workshop on Ethics Education for Children and Youth: Towards a Transformative Pedagogy to Tackle the Challenges of Learning to Live Together

Within the framework of a recently signed Memorandum of Understanding between Arigatou International Geneva and Globethics.net, Arigatou International Geneva participated in the international conference Managing and Teaching Ethics in Higher Education: Policy, Skills, and Resources, organized by Globethics.net, from 4 to 6 June at Bossey, Switzerland.

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Faith for Social and Behavior Change Initiative

As part of its continuous engagement with UNICEF, Arigatou International was invited to participate at the global workshop Faith for Social and Behavior Change in Bangkok from 10-12 July 2018. The workshop was organized by UNICEF in collaboration with Religions for Peace, the Joint Learning Initiative, and Rissho Kosei-kai, bringing together 80 participants from UNICEF country offices and faith-based organizations, from more than 30 countries.

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Ethics Education Workshop to Foster Intercultural Education in Mauritius

Arigatou International Geneva in collaboration with the Council of Religions of Mauritius co-organized a two-day introductory workshop on Ethics Education for Children on 5-6 April 2018, reaching 27 teachers from schools of Islamic, Christian, and Hindu religious backgrounds, together with two participants from the Reunion Islands.

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Towards an Inclusive Peace Education Framework to Restore Relationships

In July 2018, the Caux Forum convened a series of training workshops under the thematic Towards an Inclusive Peace which addressed the topic of Restoring Communities and Advancing justice. The workshops looked at the topic of reintegration of those who have been radicalized and are either being prosecuted or returning voluntarily to their communities, through a restorative justice lens.

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Panel Discussion in Tunis: Another Perspective on Migration and the Role of Education in Resilience

This year marks the 70th anniversary since the adoption of the Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly. It is in this context that the Ninth International Forum of NGOs, in partnership with UNESCO, took place in Tunis, from 26 to 27 September. The Conference was hosted by the Arab Institute for Human Rights, with the theme ‘Another perspective on Migration’, which aimed to discuss human mobility and its impacts on building sustainable peace and development.

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Challenging Discrimination and Xenophobia with Education: A Discussion in Light of the 39th Human Rights Council Session

Education can be a tool for refugee or migrant children to integrate into their new host societies, and has the potential to empower them to lead a joyful and fruitful life. It is with this idea in mind that a panel discussion on Empowering Youth Through Education: Challenging Xenophobia, Discrimination, and Exclusion among Youth in Europe was held, reflecting on the role of education in fostering more inclusive societies and empowering youth.

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Cumbre Mundial de Innovación para la Educación en París

Arigatou International- Ginebra asistió a la Cumbre Mundial de Innovación para la Educación, o WISE@Paris, la cual se llevó a cabo en París los días 20 y 21 de febrero de 2019. WISE (Por sus siglas en inglés) es una plataforma internacional, multisectorial para el pensamiento creativo, el debate y la acción propositiva para nuevos enfoques en la educación, lanzado en 2009 por la Fundación Qatar.

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INSPIREd Faith Communities in India: Second Roundtable Discussion on Nurturing Values and Spirituality in Early Childhood for the Prevention of Violence

“All of us know what has gone wrong and all of us know what needs to be done to end violence against children, but the question is do we have the courage to do something about it?”

With these words, Dr. Krishnaraj Vanavarayar, Chairman of Bharativa Vidva Bhavan, launched the National Roundtable Discussion on Nurturing Values and Spirituality in Early Childhood for the Prevention of Violence that took place on 11 – 12 April 2019 in Coimbatore, India.

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INSPIREd Faith Communities in Kenya – Fourth Roundtable on Nurturing Values and Spirituality in Early Childhood for the Prevention of Violence

With a strong call to action to work together for a future of dignity, prosperity and peace for children, Dr. Daniel Muvengi, Regional Director of World Vision Kenya, opened the National Roundtable Discussion on Nurturing Values and Spirituality in Early Childhood for the Prevention of Violence that was held on 28 and 29 May, 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Promoting Learning to Live Together in Latin America and The Caribbean – A Story of Service and Conviction

Ms. Mercedes Román has been a key driving force in the implementation and dissemination of the Learning to Live Together Programme in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) since before it’s conception. She was part of the first group of experts, gathered by Arigatou International in 1998, to work on the launch of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC), and has been working with Arigatou International ever since.

As GNRC Coordinator for Latin America, she conducted several test workshops in the region to try out what was then known as the Ethics Education Toolkit. After the launch of Learning to Live Together, she has conducted countless Facilitator Training Workshops in the region, as well as Europe.

Ms. Román has dedicated her life-work to serve the most vulnerable in our society, and to promote the rights of the child, to contribute to their full and sound development. Nowadays, she is the Senior Advisor for the GNRC in LAC and is also part of the group of experts working in the adaptation of the Learning to Live Together Programme to middle childhood years.

In this interview, she shares about her journey working with children and women in vulnerable situations, and how her family and religious background instilled in her a strong sense of justice, generosity and caring for the most needed members of society.

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More than 1,300 Children and Youth Have Been Reached by Learning to Live Together in Tanzania

Following a Facilitator Training Workshop that took place at the end of 2017 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, over 1,300 children and youth from 17 madrasas, primary and secondary schools have been reached by the Learning to Live Together Programme.

During the workshop, 28 teachers and youth mentors who have been working with youth from the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) Peace Clubs were trained on how to use the Learning to Live Together Programme in their schools and organizations. As a result, 900 children aged 12 to 17 have been reached by the systematic implementation of the Programme in 12 schools, and another 400 children have been reached through different activities based on the Programme that have been carried out by their teachers.

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Youth Empowerment for Resilience, Peacebuilding and the Prevention of Violent Extremism through Education in the Sahel – A Multilateral Collaboration

In the framework of its collaboration with UNESCO, Arigatou International – Geneva lead a training workshop on how to integrate transformative pedagogies into education systems as a tool for promoting peacebuilding, resilience and the prevention of violent extremism.

The workshop, which was organized from 6 to 10 May 2019, by UNESCO's Multisectoral Regional Office for West Africa (Sahel) and the “Institut de la Francophonie pour l'éducation et la formation” took place in Niamey, Niger, bringing together representatives of the Ministries of Primary and Secondary Education of Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Senegal.

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INSPIREd Faith Communities in Brazil – Fifth Roundtable on Nurturing Values and Spirituality in Early Childhood for the Prevention of Violence

The last of a series of Roundtable Discussions on Nurturing Values and Spirituality in Early Childhood for the Prevention of Violence was held in Brasilia on 24 June 2019, and brought together more than 70 participants from several religious communities, experts on early childhood and child protection coming from civil society and faith-based organizations, as well as government representatives.

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Learning to Live Together Programme implemented in 30 schools in Kenya, as part of a peacebuilding intervention

Since May 2019, teachers in the counties of Baringo and Elgeyo-Marakwet, in Kenya, have been systematically implementing the Learning to Live Together Programme among students from 30 schools, following the Teachers Activity Book developed for the implementation process.

This is the outcome of the 4-days Facilitator Training Workshop help in April 2019, for 64 teachers on the use of the LTLT Programme. The workshop was organized by World Vision Kenya, and KNATCOM, with the technical support of Arigatou International - Geneva.

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Programa Aprender a Vivir Juntos se implementa en 30 escuelas en Kenia, como parte de intervención para la construcción de paz

Desde mayo de 2019, los maestros en los condados de Baringo y Elgeyo-Marakwet, en Kenia, han estado implementando sistemáticamente el Programa Aprender a Vivir Juntos entre estudiantes de 30 escuelas, siguiendo el Libro de Actividades para Maestros desarrollado para el proceso de implementación.

Este es el resultado del Taller de Capacitación para Facilitadores de 4 días llevado a cabo en abril de 2019, para 64 maestros, sobre el uso del Programa AVJ. El taller fue organizado por World Vision Kenia y KNATCOM, con el apoyo técnico de Arigatou International - Ginebra.

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Transformative Pedagogy for Peace and Resilience Building in the Sahel Region

Arigatou International Geneva facilitated a five-day training of trainers’ workshop in Dakar, Senegal for Higher Education on Peace and Resilience Building and Prevention of Violent Extremism for Francophone Africa. This is the second of a series of three workshops that make up the “Peace and Resilience Building and Prevention of Violent Extremism in Africa through Teacher Development” project, led by the UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA), and supported by the Government of Japan.

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Helping Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect during the Covid-19 Pandemic

As the current pandemic impacts the well-being and development of children, Arigatou International, together with the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, ISPCAN, organized a webinar on The Emotional and Spiritual Impact of COVID-19 on Children: Faith and Spiritual Nourishment as Key Factors for the Protection and Resilience of Children.

This webinar, which was held on 23 April 2020, was attended by 370 participants from 71 countries, and it is part of a series of weekly sessions organized by ISPCAN to support professionals that work toward the prevention and treatment of child abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

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A Timely Conversation on Values and Spirituality and its Potential to Help Prevent Violence against Children

Ms. Maria Lucia Uribe, Director of Arigatou International Geneva, was invited to participate in the panel discussion “Holistic Approaches to Early Child Development and Education”, in the framework of the 64th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society – CIES 2020, which was converted to virtual format in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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International Consortium to develop Toolkit on the Spiritual Development of Children in the Early Years

The International Consortium on Nurturing Values and Spirituality in Early Childhood for the Prevention of Violence, created in 2018 by Arigatou International with the participation of 22 partners and individual experts, is engaged in developing a toolkit on the spiritual development of children in the early years to foster their well-being and help prevent violence in child upbringing. The toolkit is aimed for organizations working with religious communities but will also be flexible enough to be used by others interested in the spiritual development of young children. The purpose of the toolkit is to develop capacity and capabilities of organizations, faith leaders, key actors, and community representatives that work with parents and caregivers, teachers and children.

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Peace, Resilience Building and Prevention of Violent Extremism in Africa: Working with Higher Education Specialists in Africa to Scale up the Reach

Arigatou International facilitated two online workshops for Higher Education on Peace and Resilience Building and Prevention of Violent Extremism. This was the last of a series of three workshops that make up the “Peace and Resilience Building and Prevention of Violent Extremism in Africa through Teacher Development” project, led by the UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA), and supported by the Government of Japan.

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Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse and Online Exploitation in the Wake of COVID-19: An Open Discussion from Pakistan

The wellbeing of many children around the world has been severely affected as a direct consequence of the measures taken to stop the spread of COVID-19, like the closure of schools and prolonged lockdowns.

The United Nations Secretary-General has reported a global surge in domestic-based violence linked to COVID-19, and calls to helplines in some countries have reportedly doubled. Spending more time on virtual platforms can leave children vulnerable to online sexual exploitation and grooming, as predators look to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic.

With this in mind, Search For Justice – CAN Pakistan, and the Child Protection & Welfare Bureau – Government of the Punjab, hosted an online session on Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse and Online Exploitation, reaching 130 participants.

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International Online Conference on Building New Bridges Together

“Ethics is about hope; it is about life. How to enhance life in everything by doing the right in thought and in action.” With these words, Prof. Dr. Obiora Ike, Executive Director of Globethics.net welcomed the participants to the International Online Conference on Building New Bridges Together.

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Silencing the Guns in Africa by the Year 2020 through Investment in Youth and Peace Education

Arigatou International Geneva, together with the UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA) and the African Union, is carrying out a series of three online dialogues under the program “Silencing the Guns in Africa by the Year 2020 through Investment in Youth and Peace Education” to contribute to peacebuilding, resilience and the prevention of violent extremism through education in Africa.

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Interreligious Education an Essential Component of Ethics Education

It is undeniable that our reality has been changed by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected every aspect of our lives, including the way children are educated. At a time when we are asked to remain physically distant, there is more need than ever to acknowledge our interconnectedness and human interdependency. While “othering” narratives are prevailing due to the fear and insecurity imposed by the virus, the role of education becomes essential in reconnecting children across communities of faith to strengthen the values of pluralism and diversity through dialogue.

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Toolkit for Nurturing Spirituality in Children - Contributing to Children’s Holistic Development and Well-being

The International Consortium on Nurturing Values and Spirituality in Early Childhood for the Prevention of Violence is developing a toolkit on the spiritual development of children in the early yearsto foster their well-being and help prevent violence in child upbringing. The toolkit seeks to provide faith-based actors with concrete guidance, tools and examples about how to work with faith communities to nurture the spiritual development of children as well as to contribute to the prevention of violence in early childhood. The ultimate goal of this toolkit is to contribute to children’s holistic development and well-being.

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Shaping Peace Together - Celebrating the International Day of Peace

Every year, the 21st of September marks the International Day of Peace. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a universally shared date in which all citizens of the world re-commit to Peace above all and to set aside differences to contribute to building a Culture of Peace. In recognition of the goals of Peace Day a webinar was organized by the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO (KNATCOM), the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Kenya (MoEST). The theme of this year's Day of Peace was "Shaping Peace Together".

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Strengthening Leaders in Times of Covid-19

“Everyone needs to be educated ‒ the leaders, the public, the children, the youth, the elite and the masses. Formal education as well as non-formal education has a great role to play in bringing about peace and disarmament in the present-day world. We are all members of one human family. United we stand and divided we fall.” 

Dr. M. Aram, 

Founder President, Shanti Ashram

With Dr. Aram’s words as a reference line for the discussions, the series of webinars titled “Leaders Dialogue – Active Peace Building for Community Cohesion in the Midst of COVID-19” kicked off on Tuesday, 22 July 2020. The Leaders Dialogue aimed at listening to one another and sharing notes from leadership experiences, guided by the premise that leaders multiply leaders. In unprecedented times like the COVID 19 Pandemic or in everyday encounters, such dialogue creates an environment of reflection, mutual learning and recommitment to action, active peacebuilding, and community cohesion. 

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