PeacEd Gateway

“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 

Facilitate the process of acquiring the values, knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behaviors to live in harmony with oneself, others, and the natural environment.

Global Community
Unleash the collective genius of a global community. 
Empower 

Empower students to collaborate and act as “solutionaries” on projects with peers in their communities and around the world. 

Develop

Develop the profound connection of youth worldwide.

Forum Members

The PeacEd Gateway is being developed by an international forum of inspiring people

Qasim Aslam

Nominated 30 under 30 changing classrooms globally by International Literacy Association, Qasim is the founder of Beyond The Classroom Education, an organization that imparts education through behavioral activities to inspire 21st century leadership amongst school going students. The program started in fall 2016 and has worked with 1200 teachers and 4200 students across Lahore and Karachi. Beyond the Classroom Education has also facilitated a variety of US exchange programs including Seeds of Peace, US-Pakistani Schools Virtual Exchange and have hosted their own exchange programs in Sri Lanka and Turkey.

Felisa Tibbitts

Felisa is dedicated to the role that education can play in advancing human rights. She is UNESCO Chair in Human Rights and Higher Education and Chair in Human Rights Education at the Human Rights Centre of Utrecht University (Netherlands). She is also a Visiting Professor at Nelson Mandela University (South Africa) and lecturer in the Comparative and International Education Program at Teachers College of Columbia University. Felisa was a Fulbright Fellow at Lund University, Sweden (Fall 2014) and a Human Rights Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (2011-2013).  Felisa is the co-founder and director of Human Rights Education Associates (www.hrea.org) and co-founder of Human Rights Educators USA (www.hreusa.org).

Marie Nissanka

Marie Nissanka is currently a Senior Advisor of Evaluation and Research at Kāinaga Ora (the former Housing New Zealand). Her specialty lies in mixed-methods data analysis and evidence-based evaluation. Marie completed her PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies (specializing in multicultural education in protracted environments) from the University of Otago in 2019. Her research background is diverse and she has written several papers on youth abuse, homelessness and crime, organizational learning in non-government organizations, family violence prevention and articles on peace, multicultural and human rights education. Marie is passionate about contributing to society through volunteering and she actively provides pro-bono pieces of research for human and animal rights organizations. She is also an activist for social justice and identity-based equality in Sri Lanka (her native land) and in other post-conflict nations.

Christina Barruel

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!”

Hollister Thomas

Hollister has been serving as the Head of Communications and Community Engagement for Euphrates Institute since 2019. Prior to this Hollister’s primary focus has been facilitating the growth and development of her three ‘unschooled’ children in an environment designed to nurture their purpose and authenticity as global citizens. During this time she has worked as a customer advocate for an international newspaper as well as maintained a career in photography. She is also a certified yogi who volunteers her teaching skills with a homeless women’s transition home. Graduating from college with a B.A. in International Relations and Photojournalism, Hollister has served in numerous capacities with organizations focused on local and global inclusion and holistic development. Hollister is an idealist and a pragmatist and sees the value of both outlooks in the work of peacebuilding. Hollister enjoys finding opportunities to positively impact her local community and amplify the possibility of peace and transformation in the world at large.

Sylvia Murray

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.

Amada Benavides De Perez

Bachelor degree in Education, Specialist in social sciences and Master Degree in International Relations. With more than 20 years of experience as national and international consultant in Human Rights Education, Culture of Peace and Peace Education. Former member of the United Nations Working Group on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination. Office High Commissioner on Human Rights, Geneva. (2004 -2001). Founder Schools of Peace Foundation. President since 2006. Former Dean Postgraduate Department and Former Chief Human Rights Postgraduate Courses in Escuela Superior de Administración Pública. Bogota, Colombia. Member: Advisory Board Global Campaign on Peace Education, The Hague Appeal for Peace; Advisory Board Global Coordination Committee Community Based Institutes on Peace Education; International Institute on Peace Education; CLAIP, Latin American Peace Research Association. Professor in Political Sciences and International Relations in Javeriana University, Santo Tomás University, and Rosario University. Bogotá, Colombia. (1998- 2002). President Political Scientists' Association in Javeriana University. 1998 – 2002.

Christopher Ahearn

Christopher graduated from Saint Anselm College in 2008 with a BA in International Relations and dual Certificates in Latin American Studies and Spanish. He then earned a Masters in Education in 2011 from Franklin Pierce University where he was inducted into Pi Lambda Theta, the national educator honor society. After teaching in Manchester-by-the-Sea and his hometown of Gloucester, he moved to Los Angeles, California where he began working with and for major nonprofit organizations across a wide range of issues. Since 2015, he has lived in New York City and worked for Reach the World, a global education nonprofit serving teachers, students, and their families across the U.S. He also volunteers for 826NYC, an organization that teaches creative writing to young learners, and Project Basta, an organization providing networking and employment support for college-aged youth in the NYC area.

Aditi Pathak

Aditi has more than 15 years of experience in the field of Education for Sustainable Development, Global Citizenship, Teacher Training, Research, Curriculum development and Program Design and management. Aditi is a program officer at UNESCO MGIEP, and is currently managing online courses on Climate Change and SEL for middle school students.

Timothy Jacob

Timothy is Director of the Traveler Program at Reach the World (www.reachtheworld.org), a New York-based global education non-profit that has been an innovator in the use of virtual exchange for more than 20 years. Timothy is a licensed elementary educator in Indiana and Illinois, and taught 6th grade in South Bend, IN, where he first began working with Reach the World to improve his students' global awareness and competencies. Over the last decade, he has helped more than 1,000 U.S. students amplify their experiences abroad through virtual exchanges with K-12 students.

Alicia Cabezudo

Alicia’s specialty lies in Pedagogy for the construction of a Culture of Peace, Human Rights and Conflict Resolution. She has been working on these topics for more than 25 years in the field of theoretical studies, training, research and execution of projects. Alicia has worked in Europe, throughout Latin America, North Africa, USA, Japan and South Korea. Alicia is the Conveyor of various projects in the Latin American region and represents two international organizations in the region: the International Peace Bureau -  www.ipb.org  and the Global Alliance for Ministries and Infrastructures of Peace - www.gamip.org

Nena Mocnik

Nena is a researcher, educator and community practitioner in peace education, violence prevention and sociotherapy. Author of ‘War-related Sexual Violence and Trauma Transmission: Reconciliation and Peacebuilding in Post-Conflict Settings’ and ‘Sexuality after War Rape: From Narrative to Embodied Research’. Nena has experience in ethnographic research and qualitative analysis, training in research methodology and ethical principles in traumatized contexts, teaching in formal and non formal education, facilitation, group counseling, project management, leadership, public presentation and artistic interventions (forum theatre).

Teresa Ma

Teresa is Founder & Director of Peace Generation (peacegeneration.hk). Prior to founding Peace Generation, Teresa worked in journalism, banking and law. She has a growing engagement with peace, having completed mediation training, graduate studies in international peace and published papers on community security, impasse in peace processes and business and peace. She is also an adviser to several other civil society organizations.

Alden Jacobs

Alden is the co-founder and Director of Program Development at Visual Voices, an arts-based peacebuilding organization that runs projects in Cyprus and internationally. Having recognized the immense value of peace education, he prioritized the integration of peacebuilding theories and concepts into the core organizational methodology. This has supported his interest in creating space for artists to strengthen their own socially engaged practice that focuses on positive social change. As a Rotary Peace Fellow at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research in Uppsala, Sweden, he received his MSSc in Peace and Conflict Research. His professional experience has focused on project management for international community development initiatives.

Tomas Dario 

M.A. in Peace Studies, Security, Development and International Conflict Transformation from the University of Innsbruck, UNESCO Chair. Lawyer from the Center for Economic Research and Teaching in Mexico (CIDE). Tomas is currently Director of “Hamable”, a consulting firm that creates and facilitates projects that strengthens relations between neighbors, institutions and companies. Having a direct impact on the public space. He founded “Colectivo Tomate”, a Mexican organization that inspires human connection through dialogue, participation and art. He has received awards as “Reason to Be” of Merced Foundation, Cemex-Tec Award, Quorum Award, Exemplary Citizen Recognition by the Government of Puebla and Crear Valor Recognition, and recently the award for Urban Art in the “Better Cities Film Festival” by the World Urban Forum UN Habitat in Abu Dhabi. Tomas has worked as a consultant for the United Nations. He was a special adviser to the Justice Commission in the Senate of the Mexican Republic. He has worked with Partners for Democratic Change Mexico, the Center for Urban Security and Prevention (CESUP, México). Tomas has also been part of elicitive conflict transformation projects in the United Kingdom, Netherlands and Romania.

Rosie Chawla

Director of Global Education Projects & Partnerships/UNESCO CENTER FOR PEACE. Rosie has experience in designing curriculums, workshops, public forums, and building Impact Educational projects on Peace, human trafficking, advocacy, gender equality, human rights, and Conflict Resolution. Rosie also conducts Teacher training and trains educators on global issues. Rosie has experience in building global and local partnerships with both private and non-private sectors and field experts to build ongoing collaborations for community and civil society impact with onsite projects

Gal Kleinman

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.

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