Building Peaceful and Inclusive Societies in the Asia-Pacific.
10 Aug 2017 - 28 Aug 2017
Peace Boat is pleased to announce a 19-day Global University Special Programme to be held from Tokyo to Yangon in August 2017, with the theme “Building Peaceful and Inclusive Societies in the Asia-Pacific”.
Toward Societies that “Leave No One Behind”
How do we achieve peace and justice in society? This question is more pressing today when the tendency to secure safety by division and exclusion -rather than cooperation and inclusion -seems to be spreading globally. When we turn on the news, anti-immigration rhetoric is heard everywhere and intolerance to others seems to be growing stronger.This year, Peace Boat’s Global University will focus on SDG (Sustainable Development Goal) 16, which underlines that peace, justice and effective, accountable and inclusive institutions are at the core of sustainable development.Many countries in the Asia-Pacific still face protracted armed conflict and violence, and far too many people struggle as a result of weak institutions and a lack of access to justice, information and other fundamental freedoms.Drawing on actual case studies from the Asia-Pacific region, this programme will expose participants to issues related to poverty and discrimination, environmental issues, migration, and conflict. Inviting Khin Ohmar (Democracy and Human Rights Activist) and Oshidari Kenro (Former United Nations World Food Programme Regional Director for Asia) as the navigators, participants will explore the key question of how build peaceful and inclusive societies in the Asia-Pacific.
What is Global University?
Global University is a peace education programme which takes place at sea during Peace Boat’s Global Voyages. The Global University offers a unique curriculum combining “exposure” programmes (field visits) in ports and workshops and seminars onboard, addressing a range of global issues, including but not limited to, peace, human rights, and the environment. The Global University Programme aims to nurture future leaders by equipping them with the knowledge, means and experience to actively engage in the third sector such as non-government organizations, international bodies and local activism.Global University is a peace education programme for students and young leaders from across the world, which takes place at sea during Peace Boat’s Global Voyages. The Global University offers a unique curriculum combining “exposure” programmes (field visits) in ports and workshops and seminars onboard, addressing a range of global issues, including but not limited to, peace, human rights, and the environment.Throughout the programme, participants will have opportunities to witness first-hand what the consequences of global issues are for the people, countries, and communities they are visiting. They will also have ample chance to exchange opinions and experiences with other participants and discuss concrete action plans they can engage in to affect change in the region and the world.Peace Boat’s Global University aims to empower students to use knowledge as a tool, take into account the voices of those directly affected by various problems, and become leaders who can build solutions to global problems with empathy and passion.
Eligibility and How to Apply
Thirty (30) participants of any nationalities, between the age of 18 and 35. Ideal candidates will have strong interest in disarmament, international relations, and/or peace, humanitarian and development studies. People already practising in the field or with prior experiences of initiatives linked to these themes are most encouraged to apply. Adequate command of English, sufficient to understand lectures and participate in discussions, is a minimum requirement. The selection committee will evaluate the application materials based on the “eligibility” to be laid out in the call for participants. Skype/phone interviews may be conducted.
Round 1 | 17:00 Japan Standard Time, April 30 2017 (Sun)
Round 2 | 17:00 Japan Standard Time, May 31 2017 (Wed)To apply, please download the application form HERE (PDF) or HERE (doc).
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