“Peace Education for All”
Planting the seeds for an educational transformation – a framework for transforming the school culture to one based on peace. This innovative web platform will enable students around the world to choose and access existing peace education programs and curriculum based on their needs and connect with each other while learning and interacting in a safe, supportive environment.
Facilitate the process of acquiring the values, knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behaviors to live in harmony with oneself, others, and the natural environment.
Unleash the collective genius of a global community.
Empower students to collaborate and act as “solutionaries” on projects with peers in their communities and around the world.
Develop the profound connection of youth worldwide.
Sylvia is a facilitator of, advocate for, and believer in peace leadership. For fifteen years, Sylvia has participated in and facilitated talking circles in various communities across the United States, Latin America, and Asia. From these talking circles emerged Sylvia's commitment to and practices of nonviolent communication, community building, and conflict transformation. This commitment brought Sylvia to obtain a BA in Peace Studies from Goucher College, and continue to Southeast Asia working with nonprofits across the region focused on youth-led peacebuilding. She is a Co-Founder and Board Member of Sarus, a peacebuilding nonprofit that inspires, equips, and accompanies peace leaders in Asia. Sylvia then deepened her studies by obtaining an MA in Coexistence and Conflict and MBA in Social Impact at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, where she focused on peace leadership and organizational capacity building. Afterwards, she expanded to philanthropy as a Program Officer at the Island Foundation funding organizations supporting women and girls, youth, immigrants, and domestic and international communities. She currently serves as the Head of Programs and Strategy at the Euphrates Institute. Sylvia holds a deep passion for building and nurturing communities that collectively transform conflict and systems with curiosity, connection, and courage.
Donna-Marie Fry has an experienced background in education and has worked for and volunteered with Non-Profit and Non-Governmental Organizations for more than a decade. For the last 5 years, Donna has been increasingly focused on peacebuilding and peace education, from completing consultancies in the evaluation of a peace education program through youth perspectives, training and curriculum development for peacebuilding, development of Interreligious Dialogue online courses, and mapping peace education in Myanmar. Donna is particularly interested in exploring if feminist research methods can address power imbalances and local ownership in peacebuilding.
Gal, the son of a holocaust survivor, is the founding director of Education for Global Peace. Gal lives in Israel and has witnessed the tragedies of war first hand and came to realize that each one of us, including our “enemies”, is born into a certain social background, swirl of forces and systems that makes us who we are, including our identities, values, beliefs and behaviors. And that the key to a peaceful world is educating for peace. Gal’s passion is to bring about a peaceful world, of people sharing the world in peace.
Head of Peace Education and Co-Manager of the Peace Foundation Aotearoa – New Zealand. Christina has trained thousands of student peer mediators and teachers during her 28 year association with the Peace Foundation school programs. As Head of Peace Education, she leads a national team of program facilitators as well as office staff, interns and volunteers. Christina has introduced the Peace Foundation's programs to schools in Fiji, Hong Kong, Iceland, Los Angeles and Japan. Christina continues to remain passionate about her work. She considers it a privilege to work in education institutions teaching peaceful conflict resolution and peer mediation skills … what she loves most. Furthermore, she says, “I have the opportunity every day to remind myself… I must practice what I preach!”
Dr Terence Bevington is a spirited and committed educator who relishes the role of learner as much as teacher. In his 25 years working in education and as Director of Conexus Conflict Consultancy and the Restorative Lab, he has built a strong reputation as an enabler and challenger. The focuses of Terence’s work are restorative practice, peace practice and evaluation. He has published and presented internationally on all three subjects. In his research and his practice Terence seeks to inspire thoughtful action.
Caroline is an experienced program manager, specializing in working in conflict-affected countries. She has led and worked in multidisciplinary and international teams. Caroline currently focuses on advising governments and organizations operating in Syria on how their interventions can support peace and stability. In addition, she works to connect the political and diplomatic tracks to realities on-the-ground, and to support civil society organizations in the Middle East.
Fernando is the Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice of International Education and Director of the Global Education Innovation Initiative at Harvard University. An expert in the field of Global Education, his research and teaching focus on understanding how to educate children and youth so they can thrive in the 21st century. He was a member of UNESCOs Commission on the Futures of Education which wrote the report ‘Reimagining Our Futures Together. A New Social Contract for Education’. He has developed curriculum aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals which is in use in many schools throughout the world. During the COVID-19 pandemic he led numerous comparative studies examining the educational consequences of the pandemic and identifying options to sustain educational opportunity and to build back better. Fernando directs the Global Education Innovation Initiative, a cross-country research and practice collaborative focusing on education for the 21st century. He has written or edited 45 books.
Namrata is on the faculty at the State University of New York, USA, and an expert with the United Nations Harmony with Nature Knowledge Network. She is an international education consultant and has served on the Boards of several professional organizations in India, USA, and Europe. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Delhi University, India; a master’s degree in Education from Soka University, Tokyo, Japan; and a Ph.D. from the University College London – Institute of Education (IOE), UK. She has authored 4 books, several research papers, and articles. Namrata has specialist interests in Global Citizenship Education, and International and Comparative Education. In her ongoing research work she is engaged in drawing meaningful linkages between teaching the UNESCO-led initiatives of Global Citizenship Education and Education for Sustainable Development. For more information on her work visit her blog at DrNamrataSharma.com
Phill is the Director of Education at World BEYOND War. He is a multiple award-winning practitioner-scholar with a Ph.D. in International Conflict Analysis and over 20 years leadership, programming, and analysis experience in the areas of peace & conflict, education & training, youth & community development, and counselling & psychotherapy.
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