Peacebuilding is the implementation of measures intended to create or sustain peace, especially in an area affected by conflict. Peacebuilding is one of the main principles of the Ubuntuworks Project. According to the UN, such measures may be concerned with capacity building, reconciliation, and societal transformation during or after conflict and with an eye toward the long-term. Other organizations, such as NGOs, consider peacebuilding an overall effort that must also include peacemaking and peacekeeping. Altogether, these approaches focus on a shared goal: a more peaceful future.
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“The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is a national, nonpartisan, independent institute, founded by Congress and dedicated to the proposition that a world without violent conflict is possible, practical and essential for US and global security. In conflict zones abroad, the Institute works with local partners to prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflict. To reduce future crises and costly interventions, USIP works with governments and civil societies to build local capacities to manage conflict peacefully. The Institute pursues its mission by linking research, policy, training, analysis and direct action to support those who are working to build a more peaceful, inclusive world.”
Resources and Opportunities
The USIP offers diverse audiences resources and opportunities to implement peacebuilding as part of an intentional, essential educational strategy, including:
- programs for K-12 schools nationwide;
- year-long initiatives and contests for high school students;
- Peace Teachers Program, teacher workshops, and webinars;
- classroom materials;
- support and training for teachers on how to incorporate peacebuilding themes and skills into educational settings; and
- help for young peacebuilders to understand their impact on the world and how conflicts can be resolved.
To learn more about USIP’s conflict resolution and peacebuilding work, and to access the Institute’s materials, programs, and more, visit https://www.usip.org/US-Schools.
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