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Organization: International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE)
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522 West 149th St. #3
New York, NY 10031 USA

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PRIORITIES: All of the organization's domains of culture of peace activity


TOP PRIORITY: The organization's most important culture of peace activity


PARTNERSHIPS AND NETWORKS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

The Global Campaign for Peace Education
UN Department of Public Information (UN DPI status)
Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict
Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA)
International Peace Research Association

ACTIONS: What activities have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the ten years of the Decade? If you already made a report in 2005, your information from 2005 will be included in the 2010 report.

In 1982 the first IIPE was held at Teachers College, Columbia University.  It was organized by Professors Betty A. Reardon, Willard Jacobson and Douglas Sloan in cooperation with the United Ministries in Education.  Each of these professors, working in different fields and disciplines, came together to apply their collective knowledge, wisdom and experience toward a problem that threatened the extinction of the human race and all life on the planet - nuclear proliferation.  This first IIPE experience examined the practical and theoretical contributions of education to world order and nuclear and general and complete disarmament.  In doing so it addressed the political and personal dimensions of the task of disarmament, inquiring into worldviews, beliefs and attitudes that sustain and make possible a highly militarized system of global security.  

From 1982 the Institute evolved in parallel to other developments in the peace research and peace studies fields and the work of the IIPE founder, Dr. Reardon.  Rather than an exclusive focus on disarmament education, the IIPE began to examine peace and violence more holistically.  Complementing this systemic and holistic view, the Institute organically developed into an annual, international program that is hosted, cooperatively planned and co-coordinated by a partner academic or non-governmental institution.  This internationalization of the IIPE enables it to be inclusive of the multiple, socio-cultural perspectives and concerns of peace and violence and exposes participants to a multitude of educational approaches and transformative pedagogies of peace that are practiced in different socio-cultural contexts.  Furthermore, it has enabled the Institute to be adaptive and flexible in its form and in the content chosen that frames each year’s program.

In 2007-08 Global Education Associates assumed the coordinating responsibilities of the IIPE.

In 2009 the National Peace Academy became the new home of the IIPE secretariat.

Below is a list of IIPE activities, hosts and themes from 2001-2009.  Reports of each of these activities are available on the IIPE website.

2009: EJBO Foundation. Budapest, Hungary.
"Human Rights Learning as Peace Education: Pursuing Democracy in a Time of Crisis"
Co-sponsored by: the EJBO Foundation with the support and sponsorship of UNESCO, the Center for Nonviolence and Democratic Education of the University of Toledo, Ohio and the Biosophical Institute.

2008: University of Haifa. Haifa, Israel.
"Critical Pedagogy: Educating for Justice and Peace"
Co-sponsored by: the Jewish-Arab Center and the Center for Research on Peace Education (CERPE) of the University of Haifa and the Center of Critical Pedagogy of Kibbutzim College of Education.

2007: Baketik. Arantzazu, Spain (Basque Country).
“Identity, Interdependence & Nonviolent Transformations ”

2006: University for Peace. San Jose, Costa Rica.
“Towards a Planetary Ethic: Shared and Individual Responsibility”

2005: Femme-Art-Méditerranée (FAM Network). Rhodes, Greece.
"E=MC 2: Education = Movement for Constructive Change (educating for peace through the arts)"

2004: Sabanci University. Istanbul, Turkey.
“Human Security: Building a Culture of Peace”

2003: Asia Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU). Seoul, South Korea.
“Educating for Peace in Divided Societies”

2002: Miriam College, Quezon City, Philippines.
“Weaving Solidarity Toward a Culture of Peace”

2001: Lebanese American University, Byblos, Lebanon.
“A Global Civic Responsibility”

PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the second half of the Decade?

Yes.  We have witnessed an increased awareness of peace education in different socio-cultural contexts around the world.

OBSTACLES: Has your organization faced any obstacles to implementing the culture of peace and nonviolence? If so, what were they?

Political and financial barriers are major obstacles to our work.  Additionally, market driven perceptions of the social purposes of education are major impediments to peace education development.

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization in the short, medium and long term to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence?

The 2010 IIPE will take place in Colombia from July 11-17, 2010.  The Institute is being co-organized by the National Peace Academy (home of the IIPE secretariat) and Fundación Escuelas de Paz in partnership with the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID) , the Colombian National Ministry of Education and a consortium of organizations invested in furthering peace education in Colombia.   The theme that will form the common inquiry of IIPE 2010 is “Learning to Read the World from Multiple Perspectives: Peace Education toward Diversity and Inclusion.”

GLOBAL MOVEMENT: How do you think the culture of peace and nonviolence could be strengthened and supported at the world level??

Our conceptualization of peace needs to be clarified - otherwise a culture of peace remains a fuzzy picture.  This is one of the primary tasks of peace education.
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