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Peacesharing Forum - Program

March 24-25, 2021 
10:00 - 13:00 Daily (all times are GMT) 

Program Details

March 24, 2021:

10:00 - 10:10 AM GMT

Welcoming Plenary: Jim Flynn, International President, Global Peace Foundation


10:10 - 11:05 AM  GMT

Session: State of Education and Peacebuilding 

This session will explore promising practices by educators and peacebuilders in preparing youth with the resilience and agency to positively impact the lives of others and their communities. One OECD scenario presents the future of schools as learning hubs permitting greater personalization and community and family involvement. Correspondingly, peacebuilding works best when it is a whole of community approach bringing together youth, parents and community members with a reinforcing message of peace. Such an ecosystem approach results in engaged communities and schools that invest into stability and peace for sustainable growth and development. 

Moderator: Cat Lockman, Director of Organizational Development, Global Peace Foundation International

  • Margarita Consolacion Ballesteros, Director IV, International Cooperation Office, DepEd, Philippines
  • Matt Gamble, Programme Co-ordinator, Co-operation Ireland
  • Karanam Pushpanadham, Department Educational Administration, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India
  • Tracey Burns, Senior Analyst in the OECD’s Centre for Educational Research and Innovation


11:05 AM - 12:00 PM GMT

Session: Transforming Education for the Future 

The global pandemic has underscored the need for readiness in online access, quality of education and wellbeing of students and teachers. The need for moral and innovative leadership has never been more pertinent as educators rethink ways to prepare their students for the world of automation, artificial intelligence, robotics, The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), climate change, as well as social issues related to inequality and relating beyond differences. In this session, thought leaders will explore new trends, ideas, policies and innovations underway to prepare students to be successful in all aspects of their lives and have the agency to contribute to the creation of flourishing societies.

Moderator: Tony Devine, Vice President, Education, Global Peace Foundation International

  • Lynn Paine, Professor, Department of Teacher Education, Associate Dean, International Studies in Education, College of Education, Michigan State University. Contributor to OECD’s Future of Education & Skills 2030 Project.
  • Lasse Leponiemi, Executive Director & Co-founder, HundrED, Finland
  • Alfred Indimuli Kahi, President, National Chairman of Kenya Secondary Schools’ Heads Association (KESSHA)
  • Samantha O'Riordan, Program Officer at International Telecommunication Union (ITU), United Nations, Geneva
  • Kerstin Wilmans, Co-Founder + Executive Board Member, Global Goals Curriculum e.V. Berlin. Contributor, OECD’s Future of Education and Skills 2030 Project
  • Bashdar Sarbaz Mawlud, General Directorate of Educational Planning, Ministry of Education of Kurdistan Region of Iraq


12:00 - 13:00 PM GMT

Session: Online Safety and Digital Citizenship Panel

Advances in digital technologies have brought unprecedented opportunities and enhanced connectivity, especially for the world’s youth population. Emerging online and mobile technologies have transformed the way youth connect, learn and discover. Engaging with digital technologies, however, comes with risks, such as cyberbullying, threats to security, and privacy violations. Educators and parents are struggling with how to build the capacity and will of students to act responsibly to learn, create, and positively influence their own lives and the world around them. Fostering student agency through online safety and digital citizenship is critical as students are required to interact virtually in this digital world. Panelists will explore the practical challenges and best practices in promoting online safety and digital citizenship among students.

Moderator: Cat Lockman, Director of Organizational Development, Global Peace Foundation International

  • Lisa Schirch, Toda Peace Institute Expert
  • Maryam Lawal, Digital Development Global Practice, World Bank
  • Nicole Punzi, Organizational Development Associate, Global Peace Foundation
  • Ijeoma Nwoke, HCM Senior Solution Engineer, Oracle

March 25, 2021:

10:00 - 10:20 AM GMT

Special Remarks: Peter Sheridan, Chief Executive, Cooperation Ireland
Video Showcase


10:20 - 11:15 AM  GMT

Session: Community Peacebuilding in Unsettled Times: Engaging Youth as Leaders and Partners

This session explores young people's role as peacebuilders and community support catalysts in Nigeria during the pandemic's challenging times. Young peacebuilders can play a leadership role in preventive diplomacy, community training, local capacity building in their communities, and innovating new peacebuilding approaches. A reductionist perspective to identity-based conflict can fan the flames of violence. In contrast, the focus on unity within diversity, the shared identity of our common humanity, and the shared values that accompany that identity can bring transformation and respect.

Moderator: Father Canice Enyiaka, Program Development Specialist, Interfaith/Community Outreach, Global Peace Foundation

  • Daniel Tucker, West Africa Project Manager, Conciliation Resources
  • Willie A. Eselebor, Professor, Institute for Peace & Strategic Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria 
  • Alice Coulibaly, International Programs Office, Peace Direct 
  • Abdul Ahmed, Program Manager, Global Peace Foundation Nigeria 


11:15 AM - 12:00 PM GMT

Session: Fireside Chat on Future-Ready Education

Join us for a candid dialogue with a select number of educational thought leaders to share their perspectives on the essential competencies and changes needed in education to ensure that students have the capacity to positively impact their lives, work, communities and world. Future ready skills are in high demand by employers, yet these need to be guided well by shared values in the application of new knowledge and technologies to solve the pressing problems of our time for the greater benefit of humanity. Correspondingly, teachers and school leaders will need to re-imagine their roles by having the future arc of their students at heart in creating engaging, innovative, personalized and collaborative school cultures. 

Moderator: Tony Devine, Vice President, Education, Global Peace Foundation International

  • Darla K. Deardorff, Executive Director, Association of International Education Administrators
  • Ashok Pandey, Director, Ahlcon Group of Schools, India
  • Betty Ochieng', CEO, Insights Africa Group Ltd


12:00 - 13:00 PM GMT

Session: Strengthening Youth Civic Engagement and Participation: Opportunities and Best Practices

More than fifty percent of the global population is under the age of 30, but youth often have difficulty in voicing their opinions and exercising their civic rights and are frequently excluded from decision-making on issues that affect their lives. Enhancing youth civic engagement and participation is critical to positively engage youth in building stronger, safer and more inclusive local communities. It offers an opportunity to develop their skills in civic issues; inspires them to participate in political, economic and social decision-making; and empowers them to become agents of positive change in their communities. This panel will explore the opportunities and best practices on how civic engagement and participation can enable youth to become powerful civic actors and help build more resilient communities. 

Moderator: Nilufar Choudry, Senior Advisor, Partnerships and Development, Global Peace Foundation

  • Ashley Law, Youth Specialist, International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), Washington, DC
  • Alexandra Chandran, Head of Partnerships and Global Sales, CitizenLab
  • Caroline Nyamu, Civic Engagement Manager, Uraia Trust, Kenya
  • Leonard Faustino, Director for Youth Development Program, Global Peace Foundation Philippines