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JUPS Professor speaks at the United Nations on the International Day of Education on the theme of “Learning for Lasting Peace”

JUPS Assistant Teaching Professor Tony Jenkins was a featured speaker at the
United Nations on a high level panel on the theme of “Learning for Lasting Peace” on the occasion of the International Day of Education on January 24. A recording of the event can be viewed on UN web tv. The UN and UNESCO have been uplifting the role of education to address global threats to peace, as emphasized by the recently adopted “UNESCO Recommendation on Education for Peace, Human Rights and Sustainable Development,” which designates that learning for peace must be transformative, and help empower learners with the necessary knowledge, values, attitudes and skills and behaviors to become agents of peace. Professor Jenkins provided technical guidance to UNESCO toward the development of the above mentioned Recommendation and also helped author the recently launched UNESCO report “Peace education in the 21st century: an essential strategy for building lasting peace.” The International Day of Education program featured welcoming remarks from
UN dignitaries, including:

  • Video-message by H.E. Dennis Francis, Permanent Representative of
    Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations – President of the General Assembly
  • Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General, United Nations
  • H.E. Martin Kimani, Ambassador, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations – Chair, Group of
    Friends for Education and Lifelong Learning
  • Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director General for Education, UNESCO
  • H.E. Chernor Bah, Minister of Information and Civic Education of Sierra
    The high-level panel on strengthening the foundations of peace through
    education featured:
  • Moderator – Christopher Castle, Director, Division for Peace and
    Sustainable Development, UNESCO
  • Emeline O’Hara, Dangerous Speech Project
  • Mavic Cabrera Balleza, Global Network of Women Peace Workers
  • Charles North, Deputy CEO, Global Partnership for Education
  • Video message by Felipe Paullier, Assistant Secretary-General for Youth
  • Robert Jenkins, Director of Education and Adolescent Development,
  • Julia Paulson, Dean, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan,
  • Tony Jenkins, Assistant Teaching Professor of Justice and Peace Studies,
    Georgetown University