By: David J. Smith, August 22, 2016
With the start of the academic year, I wanted to share two resources that might be useful for educators be they working with college or high school populations.
Malala Yousafzai’s book I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban was published in 2013 and is widely used in peace education. She went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, the youngest recipient of the award. I have talked about her work in my college and high school visits. She is an important model for young peacebuilders today.
Recently, the Global Women’s Institute at George Washington University published I Am Malala: A Resource Guide for Educators to be used accompanying her book. The guide includes a preface by Malala’s father educator Ziauddin Yousafzai. The authors state:
“To develop a resource guide that does justice to Malala’s story, the Global Women’s Institute convened a committee comprised of GW faculty with expertise in a wide range of disciplines including international affairs, media studies, language and literature, religion, history, women’s studies, leadership studies and education.”
The guide can be downloaded for free here.
In addition, Tulsa Community College (TCC) in Oklahoma recently published “The Power of Peace in Action: Building Peace from the Classroom to the Community at Tulsa Community College.” The publication is a collection of reflections, insights, writings, and lesson plans from students, staff, and faculty at TCC in promoting peacebuilding. TCC supports a credit program in peace and conflict resolution (the only college in Oklahoma to do so). The publication can be downloaded for free. I appreciate TCC making this available. If you are a community college (or high school) educator, you should check it out. Go here to download: The Power of Peace in Action_edited_6-13-16
Finally, I am in the process of developing an activities guide to be used with my book Peace Jobs: A Student’s Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace. In my visits to colleges and high schools this fall I will be using some of the activities that I have developed. Once I have them field tested, I will make the guide available through my website and this blog.