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Cultural Aspects of Conflict Resolution Education

Culture influences both the development and the delivery and reception of conflict resolution education.

Conflict Resolution education (CRE) should be culturally sensitive. Some people assume that conflict management can only work in certain cultures and certain school populations. The research demonstrates that many CRE programs are equally effective in a variety of cultural contexts. However, programs may be more effective and more readily adopted by students and staff if they are clearly sensitive to the school culture and the student culture. In some schools this may mean that an Afro-centric approach to CRE is used. In alternative education or special needs populations, where CRE has proven very effective, this could mean tailoring the program training or content to the special needs student. 

New Global Conflict Resolution Education (CRE)/ Peace Education (PE) Survey Now Available

Conflict Resolution Education (CRE) / Peace Education (PE)
Request for Resources/ Examples

The Global Issues Resource Center, in cooperation with the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), The Peace Education and Conflict Education Reference Group, and the International Network for Conflict Resolution Education/ Peace Education (INCREPE) are collecting information to post on this global website.

We request your assistance in collecting examples, resources, and information on the following topics:
* Global Conflict Resolution Education (CRE)/ Peace Education (PE) Projects
* Cultural Aspects of CRE/PE
* International Success Examples
* World News and Events
* International CRE/PE Resources

Sharing your valuable knowledge, experience, and resources on these topics will assist others working to advance CRE/PE projects worldwide.  We encourage you to share your knowledge; this survey and the resulting posts will provide easy and free access to valuable information to communities around the globe.

Peace Education (PE)/Conflict Resolution Education (CRE) can be defined as teaching children and adults how to manage conflict effectively and giving them life skills that will empower them to be happier, more successful and well-adjusted citizens.
The website is devoted to the promotion of CRE/PE throughout the world. The website’s goals are:
* to serve as a clearinghouse of information on developments in the CRE/PE field including policy and legislation, current research, service delivery initiatives and organizations, in related fields
* to promote best practice in the field of CRE/PE by defining the field, its components, and accomplishments
* to provide CRE/PE instructional materials to formal and informal educators
* to provide a comprehensive network linking CRE/PE related organizations, professionals, policy makers, and educators working with CRE/PE
* to develop global interest in CRE/PE and promote global developments in CRE/PE
* Encourage evaluation of CRE/PE through provision of evaluation materials and models

To contribute information for this project, please get your copy of the survey here.

Thank you in advance for your support and contributions to this important project.  We look forward to receiving your responses.

Education and Training Center/International Certificate Course in Interfaith Conflict Resolution

Religion is frequently cited as a cause of violent conflict, yet
dialogue between faith communities often reveals that religion is not a
primary source of tension. Moreover, faith-based approaches to
peacemaking can be invaluable in promoting understanding and
reconciliation.

This course is designed to enhance the peacemaking capacities of
individuals and faith-based organizations by focusing on objectives,
methods, and best practices of interfaith dialogue, a form of religious
peacemaking increasingly recognized for its relevance to 21st Century
conflict. The course also examines the roles that faith leaders can play
as third parties in peacemaking efforts. The course applies general
principles of faith-based peacemaking to two case studies, highlighting
interfaith peacemaking efforts between Christians and Muslims in
Nigeria, as well as the role that various faith communities played in
helping to bring and end to the 36-year internal armed conflict in
Guatemala.

Certificate of Completion : Yes
Cost: No charge

Course Objectives

In completing this course, you will gain proficiency in the following
skills:

* Identifying key challenges and opportunities associated with religion
and peacemaking
* Identifying typical phases of interfaith dialogue, along with common
objectives, proven methodologies and best practices
* Analyzing case studies in interfaith dialogue with reference to
objectives, methods and best practices
* Developing effective goals and objectives for programs involving
interfaith dialogue
* Applying proven methods and best practices in programs involving
interfaith dialogue
* Responding to challenges and obstacles associated with establishing
effective dialogue between faith communities
* Identifying ways that faith leaders can be effective in third-party
engagement
* Analyzing case studies and applying lessons learned in faith-based
third-party efforts

Perspectives
Faces of those interviewed in the course.

This course includes numerous perspectives on the subject of interfaith
conflict resolution, as well as on conflict in Nigeria and Guatemala.
These perspectives come in the form of media clips culled from over
twenty hours of interviews that we have conducted with Institute
specialists and other noted specialists.
Visit The United States Institute of Peace’s website here for more information.

Related Catalog Resources

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Cultivating Peace in the 21st Century: Ready to Use Student Activities This 60-page pdf is a lesson pack developed for use in Canadian classrooms. It consists of 7 distinct lessons "designed to actively engage secondary school students in the search for a deep understanding of the forces that can bring about tragedies such as the attack on the World Trade Center, and the means by which they can personally contribute...(see more) Catalog Listing

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Programa Fortalecimiento de la convivencia democratica, derechos humanos y resolucion pacifica de Powerpoint presentation that outlines peace and conflict resolution education initiatives developed in Columbia. Catalog Listing

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Recommended standards for school-based peer mediation programs Twenty-eight page document presenting standards for school-based peer mediation programs that are designed to enhance quality and stimulate thought among youth and adult participants in peer mediation programs. Aids in the creation and implementation of programs, designing curricula and evaluation procedures, funding and promoting programs,...(see more) Catalog Listing

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Youth & conflict: Global challenges, local strategies, 2008 21-page Powerpoint presentation given at the Second International Summit on Conflict Resolution Education which "introduce[d] some of the themes and research associated with current thinking in values education Catalog Listing

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Education for peace: A curriculum framework K-12 14-page pdf document which presents a "conceptual framework from which schools may devise a program comprising the transmission of universal values and enduring attitudes, and the development of skills which will enable our students to become active global citizens ... the implementation of this conceptual framework recognizes the practice of...(see more) Catalog Listing

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Evaluation report: Life skills project implementation in the Armenian education system 45-page Word report which "represents an evaluation of implementation of the Life Skills Project being conducted in the Armenian education system as [a] component of an overall effort in education reform ... the project was piloted in the first and fifth grades in 16 schools in 1999-2000. In 2000-2001 the project was expanded to 100...(see more) Catalog Listing

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Peer mediation training for schools: Best practice guidelines (UK) 8-page Word document which presents best practice guidelines developed by the Peer Mediation Network in the UK. Paper begins with a definition of peer mediation and then outlines best practices for many aspects of training. Catalog Listing

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Culture of Peace End of Decade Review In resolution 64/80, the General Assembly requested UNESCO to prepare a summary report on the activities carried out over the past ten years of the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010) by UNESCO, other United Nations entities, Member States and civil society, including...(see more) Catalog Listing

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Ideas for human rights education 24-page PDF report of a project whose primary aim, "was to document good practices in human rights education across the school sectors in Victoria, and to disseminate interesting and innovative ideas from which schools and teachers can draw, according to their local needs and issues. This resource has three sections entitled Lesson Sparks, Whole...(see more) Catalog Listing

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Public policy and conflict resolution in education project: Final report, July 2002 17 page pdf report of the The Western Justice Center Foundation, Pasadena, California, in partnership with the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR), which "undertook a project funded by the Compton Foundation to develop recommendations for integrating conflict resolution education (CRE) throughout California public schools. We interviewed and...(see more) Catalog Listing

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Tips for developing peace education curriculum: Some lessons from Vietnam 4-page tips document, the abstract states, "Teachers and schools around Australia are being asked to take responsibility for ensuring safe schools and promoting citizenship among students. This is part of an international movement to use school-based education to promote a global culture of peace. The International Conflict Resolution Centre at...(see more) Catalog Listing

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25 years: Looking back and looking ahead 20-page Powerpoint keynote address given at the Sustaining Conflict Resolution Education: Building Bridges to the Future conference in Fairfax, VA, which reviewed "the CRE field from the vantage point of Educators for Social Responsibility (ESR)." Catalog Listing

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Commentary considering conflict resolution education: Next steps for institutionalization Commentary that suggests the process by which conflict resolution education can become institutionalized, with future research suggestions and a bibliography. Catalog Listing

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Kit of Tools For Participatory Research and Evaluation with Children, Young People and Adults Four countries in four regions where Save the Children Norway is working have participated in a Thematic Evaluation on Children’s Participation in armed conflict, post conflict and peace building - Bosnia-Herzegovina, Guatemala, Nepal and Uganda. The research tools developed and used in this project are contained in this 'kit' which has been...(see more) Catalog Listing

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Practicing peace: A peace education module for standards 4 through 6 in Solomon Islands 87-page pdf document which presents peace education for the Solomon Islands context. "The primary method used in peace education is generally referred to as a "facilitated" or "interactive" model of teaching. In this method, the teacher becomes a facilitator of learning and a co-learner with the students. Students and teachers use experiential...(see more) Catalog Listing

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Teaching and learning in circle Pdf article from Conflict Management in Higher Education Report, Volume 3, Number 2, (February 2003), which "explores the impact of teaching using a circle format, both at the high school and college level." Catalog Listing

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Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management Powerpoint presentation overview of the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resoluction and Conflict Management whose overall goal is to, "assist Ohioans in resolving disputes in the most efficient way possible while reducing the chance of violence, building positive relationships and helping disputants reach win-win situations." The presentation...(see more) Catalog Listing

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Learning to Live Together: An intercultural and interfaith programme for ethics education Learning to Live Together is an interfaith and intercultural programme for Ethics Education that contributes to nurturing ethical values in children and young people. The programme was developed by the Interfaith Council on Ethics Education for Children in close collaboration with UNESCO and UNICEF and tested through the Global Network of...(see more) Catalog Listing

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Inter-agency P.E.P.: Skills for constructive living: Facilitators and trainers training guide 13-page pdf manual which is "one of the components of the "Inter-agency Peace Education Programme." See overview at http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0014/001442/144251e.pdf . "The programme is designed for education managers of ministries dealing with both formal and non-formal education and for agencies which implement education activies on...(see more) Catalog Listing

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Creating Spaces for Dialogue - A Role for Civil Society This manuscript is published by Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) as part of a new GPPAC Dialogue and Mediation series. The stories presented in the book are authored by GPPAC network members who initiated a conversation between communities and societies polarised and divided as a result of conflict. Each story shows...(see more) Catalog Listing

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