International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE)


International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE)

The IIPE is a cooperative learning opportunity bringing together educators from around the world to learn with and from each other models principles of critical, participatory peace pedagogy.

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JULY 6-13, 2014


“The Challenge of Abolition: Transcending a Century of Worldwide Wars”

The 2014 International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE) will take place in Vilnius, Lithuania from July 6-13, 2014. This year’s Institute is being co-organized in partnership with the Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences and the National Peace Academy, USA (home of the IIPE secretariat).

For over 30 years, the IIPE has brought together educators, professional workers and activists in the field of peace education from around the world to exchange experiences and learn with and from each other in an intensive, short-term learning community that embodies the practices and principles of critical, participatory peace pedagogy. IIPE 2014 participants, many whom will be drawn from Lithuania, Europe, and Western Asia will be joined with representatives from other world regions. This residential learning exchange will weave together experiential and theoretical contributions of participants to illuminate diverse views, explore educational applications, and assess possibilities for practical steps toward addressing the theme of “transcending a century of worldwide wars.”

2014 Theme – “The Challenge of Abolition: Transcending a Century of Worldwide Wars”
Building the Community of Inquiry in Peace Education "

The 2014 IIPE, taking place during the centenary of World War I, aims to renew the challenge of the abolition of war as an interconnected system of institutions, assumptions, and practices.  WWI took the lives of more than 9 million and set the course for a century of state sanctioned violence, and changes in the political maps and political alignments of Europe and her colonies.  The “Great War” halted a trend toward citizen rights and democratic governance begun a century and a half before.  The centenary of WWI challenges us to analyze these developments in the light of what we have learned from peace research and to develop an education that will enable us to achieve the abolition of war, an idea that emerged with that of democratic governance.

In Making a Case Against War (2008), Hilal Küey states that “If world peace is to be constituted—and this is an absolute necessity for our world to continue to exist—we need to develop the bases for a different approach to justice, judgment, and institutions”.  In peace education, great strides have been made to build new understandings and alternative visions, actions, ways of knowing and interacting toward mutually sustaining global well-being. Yet, to abolish war, we must go farther.  At IIPE 2014 we will ask: How might we as cosmopolitan citizen educators establish a new global abolition movement?  How might we engage universal moral and human rights principles to develop alternative approaches to justice, institutions, and an ecologically embedded human global community? How might we, as peace educators, further build upon these principled approaches in order to more fundamentally challenge the systems and institutions of war?  IIPE 2014 will engage participants in inquiry, dialogue, reflection, and deliberation on forward-looking strategies to de-legitimize war and conceive of alternatives based in constructing positive relationships.

Peace education offers a significant body of knowledge, skills, practices and insights to lead in addressing this challenge. These accomplishments have been especially powerful in the areas of individual learning and related pedagogies for individual flourishing. Yet, the demands of abolition of war systems require peace educators’ to focus attention toward possibilities for constructive social engagement built upon principles of democratic participation, deliberation and governance.  So too should our attention be given to building the accompanying alternative structures and institutions for human and ecological survival and flourishing. This is an urgently needed focus.

IIPE 2014 seeks to further liberate our own militarized consciousness as a means to allow for fresh conceptions for constructive, ecologically embedded, human global relationships. We will ask further: How can we as learner-educators be significant contributors to building humanly secure, demilitarized local-global communities?  As Betty Reardon describes it, the work of peace educators is “educating toward political efficacy in the formation and pursuit of citizen action and public policy intended to move the world toward the achievement of a more just and less violent global order.”

The planet cannot endure war’s devastating ecological, cultural, social, or political impacts.  Peace education has already challenged the assumptions that war is inevitable, necessary, or advantageous.  Yet, in order to transcend the prevailing yet antiquated war-dependent system, current structures and institutions must be transformed to support human and ecological well-being.  Assumptions of interconnectedness and interdependence coupled with constructive, open and flexible reflection can illuminate hopeful possible futures.   Knowledge and experience exists in the lived experience of IIPE participants who will come from Lithuania and the  surrounding regions that were so deeply impacted by WWI.  These experiences will be complimented by those of educators from more far-flung regions of the world; participants whom have indirectly inherited the consequences of the legacy of WWI and have their own unique relationships to war and conflict to contribute to our dialogue on abolition.  The IIPE week-long structure will offer multiple opportunities for exchange of participants’ diverse experiences, local and regional viewpoints, and successful pedagogical and resilient community-building practices.

Notes & References:

In Sökmen, M. G., Ed., 2008. The World Tribunal on Iraq: Making a Case Against War Northampton, MA: Olive Branch Press, p. 476.

Reardon, B. and Cabezudo, A. Learning to Abolish War: Teaching Toward a Culture of Peace, 2001, New York: The Hague Appeal for Peace. 

Reardon, B. A. and Snauwaert, D. T., 2011. Reflective pedagogy, cosmopolitanism, and critical peace education for political efficacy: A discussion of Betty A. Reardon’s assessment of the field. In Factis Pax, 5(1), 1-14. Available at:

Snauwaert, D. T., 2008. The cosmopolitan ethics of the Earth Charter: A framework for a pedagogy of peace. 
 In Factis Pax 2 (1): 88-130,

Deg?sys, L., 2012. Peace education as liberation of the self. Presentation at IIPE 2012, University of Puerto Rico, San Piedras Campus. 

Application Information

>>Apply today via the IIPE website.  

Applications must be submitted by April 1, 2014 for full consideration.   To assure that notices of acceptance are sent to all applicants in a timely fashion we strongly encourage applicants to apply early. 

Participation Fees

Participation fees are still being determined and will soon be announced. Typical participation fees range from $700-750 USD.  Fees cover all activities during the week of the IIPE, including lodging, meals, and local transportation.  Limited scholarship may be available in the form of participation fee waivers.  Scholarship requires an additional application. 

See the application pages for information about scholarship possibilities.

Contact Us

For Inquiries in English
International Institute on Peace Education
care of National Peace Academy

email:   tel:  202-556-1075




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Comment by Dr. surendra pathak on October 11, 2011 at 7:15am

Subject: Invitation for the “International seminar on Teacher Education for Peace and Harmony”.

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are happy to inform you that IASE Deemed University, Gandhi Vidya Mandir, Sardarshahar, Rajasthan, India is organizing an International seminar on ”Teacher Education for Peace & Harmony” from Feb 11 to 13, 2012 at New Delhi.
Prior to this International Seminar a One day Pre-Seminar Workshop was
conducted at India International Centre, New Delhi on 24th September, 2011.
About 80 eminent educationists, experts in value education, former
bureaucrats/heads of various Educational organizations like University Grants
Commission (UGC), National Council of Education Research & Training (NCERT),
National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA), Indira
Gandhi National Open university(IGNOU), National Institute of Open School (NIOS),
Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD), National Human Rights
Commission (NHRC) etc. and a number of Vice Chancellors interested in the
cause of Teachers Education through Human Values, Peace and Harmony
participated in the workshop. They all advocated that only Value based
Teachers education would bring long term and stable transformation of
We are pleased to invite you in view of your institutional work and your rich experience in the field of peace & harmony development and Teacher education. Your participation will immensely contribute towards improving the quality of the Seminar.

We will appreciate if you could kindly respond to our invitation at your earliest.

Thanking you,
Warm regards,
Dr. Surendra Pathak
Seminar Convener

Note: Please visit

for the details of the Seminar.

Comment by Dr. surendra pathak on June 6, 2011 at 1:46am
Thanks i would like to learn more on Peace education
Comment by ASIF AHMED on May 25, 2011 at 11:49am
i think i can learn more about peace here


hi all

Comment by Richard Close on April 23, 2011 at 9:05am
The UNESCO Power of Peace Network YouTube story telling contest is up and running for African Youth. Complete training program is available for free on the web site with sample HS and College student videos.
We will also launch Cyber Youth Days to sign up African Youth in mass for email and social networking
Comment by InternationalPeaceParkExpedition on December 12, 2010 at 1:58am

Students in this group might find our Study Abroad expedition over Spring Break interesting! The University for Peace and International Peace Park Expeditions have teamed up to offer this accredited adventure focused on community participation in transboundary conservation in Parque Internacional La Amistad. Spend spring break in Costa Rica and Panama earning credit and taking the chill off winter. Sign Up today at!

Comment by Lamin Fatty on October 15, 2010 at 3:36pm
Hello, i am very happy to be part of this great Institute.

Let us help, respect and value each other
Comment by Prince Godwin Korieocha on July 6, 2010 at 11:18pm
Hi am very happy to see all of you in this great family. The greatest thing in life is internal peace, external peace and global peace! Peace is the key ingredient to Happiness.

lets try our best for humanity.
prince godwin korieocha
Comment by Dr. kamal kumar saha on July 3, 2010 at 7:18pm
good project
Comment by Mr. Faisal Mohamed Omar on June 19, 2010 at 11:20pm
Somaliland Election 2010: Keep the momentum!

TORONTO–(SomalilandPress)–It’s obvious to witness that Somaliland is about to finalize its long and endured marathon and to become a fully recognized country, as all prerequisites set by international bodies are present including building reliable and stable government institutions that help promoting peace and harmony among diversified communities, democratically elected president, stern commitment and determination to lessen corruption, making sincere efforts of developing sustainable economy with no monopoly imposition in place, continual encouragement of producing smart generations with advanced education. It’s resolutely commendable that Somaliland ought to keep the momentum floating and completely avoid engaging downbeat thoughts on the election and must welcome the winner with warm congratulation.

We all know that, current NEC has been doing a marvelous job by creating a tranquil political atmosphere and suitable work environment. Additionally, NEC and its staff are now diligently engaged to galvanize citizens to fully participate the looming presidential election which expected to take place on June 26th, 2010. Further, they are making awareness campaigning as people should make every possible effort to safeguard their security parameters, being vigilant and collaborate with assigned security officers in order to strengthen security measures against external and callous attacks.

Despite potential security threats which appear to be stemming from neighboring countries, Somaliland’s determination to protect its internationally recognized territory and to defend its citizens is plausible and courageous. It also enjoys prosperity, peace and significant supports from international community on the public engagements such as presidential election process as latest official visit from British ambassador to Ethiopia Mr. Norman Ling who had re-affirmed his government’s unwavering supports for Somaliland and its democratic presidential election process. It’s now the time for international community to fully recognize Somaliland and allow its members to be seated in the UN. It gives the country an opportunity to develop its economy and to build government institutions in the future.

I am writing to firmly remind political stakeholders to keep the momentum, brilliant collaboration with NEC and not to create media confusions by sending out to media outlets unsubstantiated news.

Long live Somaliland and we welcome the new president

All IIPE Please Pray for us to pass this elections peace and stability

Comment by Cynthia Davis on June 16, 2010 at 4:55pm
I'd like to share info on an important documentary that you might want a copy of . It follows three Refugees back to SOuth Sudan. An incredibly inspirational story of how Peace is not just about "no war" but about education and basic human rights. Please contact me about the film "Rebuilding Hope".

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