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Featured Programs Doing CRE Work

To call attention to significant work happening around the world, we offer up this rotating collection of international organizations that do work in conflict resolution education. Each time you visit this page you may see a new set, so stop by often!

Online Peer Mediation Project

Type of Organization:Non-governmental - Non-Profit

Since the mid-1980s peer mediation has been the most commonly used conflict resolution education program in the United States. Research indicates that as many as 25% of US schools have had peer mediation programs serving grades 3 to 12 and many programs in large urban districts are district­wide.

However, three important changes in the educational and social context now suggest the need for an online version of peer mediation.

1 ­ Significant and Increasing Online Public Education
In formal educational contexts (K through 12) the increase in online schools has skyrocketed. Approximately 3 million K through 12 students are now enrolled in free, online public schools, which are not served by peer mediation.

2 ­ Prevalence and Preference for Online Communication
Current school­ age generation prefers to communicate online. For the millions of students in conventional K through 12 schools, community groups, or youth organizations, online peer mediation opportunity is more congruent with their use of social media and communication technology.

3 ­ Global Peer Mediation Growth
Peer mediation programs have been growing not only in the United States, but also around the world. In fact, much of the increase in peer mediation since 2000 has happened in Europe, Australia and South Asia.

For the reasons listed above, in December of 2014 the Association for Conflict Resolution Education Section received a 2 year grant from the JAMS Foundation to launch a new project called Online Peer Mediation Platform (OPMP).

Online Peer Mediation Platform Goals
The four goals of our Online Peer Mediation Platform are:
1. Show how students from ages 10 to 18 can learn online how to become peer mediators.
2. Show how students can practice their peer mediation skills online with the assistance of qualified mentors.
3. Show how students can offer online peer mediation services. This OPMP component will be available in 2016.
4. Provide anyone who is interested in peer mediation extensive information on this topic.

For more information, visit the OPMP website at http://peermediationonline.org and contact our team.

OPMP Team
Judy Tindall - President, National Association of Peer Program Professionals
Dr. Cynthia Morton - Chair of Education Research and Teaching Section, ACR
Prof. Karen DeVoogd - MA, Director Mediator Mentors, California State University Fresno, Fresno CA
Jay Edwards, Website Consultant -­ ReelFire Productions.
Giuseppe Leone - Founder of Virtual Mediation Lab

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Home Country: United States

Web Address:
http://peermediationonline.org

Education for Peace - Balkans

Type of Organization:Non-governmental - Non-Profit

The Education for Peace Institute of the Balkans (Efp–Balkans) is registered as a non-profit and charitable non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The aim of Efp–Balkans is to facilitate the creation of a culture of peace in the Balkan region through education.

Efp–Balkans is a registered field office of the International Education for Peace Institute, Switzerland and is situated in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Efp–Balkans receives counsel from the international EFP faculty and consultants, consisting of outstanding individuals from the academic, social and philanthropic segments of society.

The goal of the Education for Peace (EFP) project in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is to build a lasting foundation for inter-group and inter-ethnic peace in the whole Balkan region. To achieve this overarching goal, the project focuses on the achievement of the following four main objectives:

1. To equip participants of the programs offered by EFP-Balkans with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and confidence to resolve conflicts peacefully and to create violence-free environments in elementary and secondary schools and all communities throughout BiH and eventually, in all countries in the region;

2. To create mechanisms for teachers, students, administrators, support staff and parents to actively participate in the building of inter-ethnic harmony, democracy and a culture of peace in the school community and wider society;

3. To assist traumatized children and adults in the process of psychological recovery by creating a culture of healing in the participating communities;

4. To evaluate the effectiveness of the BiH EFP program for expansion across the country and eventually to other Balkan countries.

History and Background
in September 2000, Dr. H.B. Danesh (website: HBDanesh.org), former president and professor of Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies at Landegg International University (LIU), initiated a community-based, intensive program of Education for Peace (EFP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina. A 24-person on-site faculty comprised of eighteen Bosnian teachers and six individuals from the EFP Program of LIU, under guidance from the EFP senior faculty, facilitated the implementation of the Project. The initial two-year pilot program of EFP was implemented in six schools in three cities (Banja Luka, Sarajevo and Travnik), representing the three main ethnic groups of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosniak, Croat, and Serb). The project involved approximately 6,000 students, 400 school staff (teachers, administrators, support staff) and 10,000 parents and guardians. The selected schools served populations that ranged from the elite and materially advantaged to internally displaced persons, orphans and direct victims of the recent war.

As a result of this pilot project, the Education for Peace program has received full recognition and support from the BiH government, local communities and the international community in Bosnia and Herzegovina. After a year of operation, teachers, students and government leaders requested that the program be introduced throughout the country. In response, starting in September 2003, the program is being extended to 100 schools across BiH and initiated in other communities worldwide.

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Home Country: Bosnia and Herzegowina

Web Address:
http://www.efpinternational.org/

Email Contact:nsobhani@efpinternational.org