#3: Peace Week Practice – Back to School, or Just Taking a Course or Class

By: David J. Smith, September 20, 2017

We are all lifelong learners. This is just no way to get out of it today. Much of learning is about technology: how to work the newest gadget or gizmo.   How about learning about peacebuilding and conflict resolution? There is no better time to focus on learning about peace than during the week of the International Day of Peace. Going back to school in a formal way is one option, but less involved is just taking a course or two, many of which are free (and low stress: no homework!).

If you are thinking about going back to school to learn about peace, I have  links to directories of colleges and universities that offer programs in peace and related areas.  I also have a specific page devoted to community colleges: often the institutions that are the easiest for us to attend.

USIP has a free online course on introduction to peacebuilding which I think is a good opportunity.  I would highly recommend it.

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But you don’t need to learn only about peacebuilding.   How about  learning a foreign language, so critical to bringing people to together? This link directs you to free online language courses.  Interested in learning a bit of Arabic? There is a course for that.

As I mentioned, your local community college is often a great place to start learning about topics and building skills that can advance peacebuilding.  And much learning takes place online which makes it convenient.


Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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