Education is an essential tool for building peace.
The Institute for Economics and Peace has pioneered the empirical study of peace, most notably through the groundbreaking Global Peace Index. The GPI has helped shift the world’s conversation about peace to a positive, achievable and tangible measure of human wellbeing and progress. The Index is included in thousands of university courses, is referenced by international media and used by the world’s major multilateral organisations including the United Nations and the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development. With over ten years’ of data and research, IEP provides a range of educational resources for a broad audience.
Training – IEP is currently producing a number of online Positive Peace training programmes, with the first one hour Positive Peace training course released in early 2017. IEP is currently in production of a longer, in depth course designed for those with some initial knowledge of peace research, conflict and development. This will be available from September 2017. IEP’s online courses bring together education, peace research and engagement to offer the opportunity to learn about and build peace in communities. Take the free one hour Positive Peace training course here.
Workshops – IEP in collaboration with Rotary and IPSI ran its first training course in 2016, covering the Pillars of Peace with 120 Ugandan Rotoractors. The workshop introduced the Rotoractors to the eight pillars of peace, with the participants continuing to run projects that build and strengthen peace in their own communities. Most recently, over 300 young people gathered in Mexico for a Positive Peace conference. For information, please contact IEP here.
Ambassadors – Launched initially as a collaboration with Rotary International and their Rotary Peace Fellows, the Global Peace Index Ambassador Programme focuses on engaging young leaders in understanding IEP’s empirical peace research. It brings together education, community-based programming, and engagement to offer young leaders new approaches and opportunities to build peace. If you are constantly seeking to learn, to support others like you, and to take action, this is the right program for you. For information, please contact IEP here.
Esri Australia – IEP has partnered with global mapping specialist Esri Australia, combining their geo-spatial and mapping technologies with IEP’s peace research and data to create engaging visualisations, interactive maps and lesson structures for use in schools across Australia and the US. Arc GIS supports STEM learning through integrative, project-based experiences. With enhanced spatial analysis and critical-thinking skills, young minds are better prepared to succeed in their course work, further education, and life. Discover the Positive Peace Index and Global Terrorism Index maps and lesson plans here.