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Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in General News

Prestigious Global Peace Education Prize to Be Awarded to Pioneering Figure in the Field

 

MEDIA ADVISORY – For Immediate Release

 

Contact Person: Bud Heckman, 646-541-9822, bheckman@elhibrifoundation.org

 

Release Date: September 19, 2013
 

On the cusp of the International Day of Peace, the El-Hibri Foundation announces that it will present its annual Peace Education Prize to the 2013 Laureate, Dr. Betty A. Reardon, at an invitation-only ceremony on October 2, 2013 in Washington, D.C.  Reardon is a mentor to and educator of thousands of teachers and thought leaders in the field of peace education. As the author of hundreds of articles, books, curricula, teachers’ guides and volumes on alternatives to war and violence, she is one of the most widely cited peace educators in the world. Many recognize her as a founding figure in the field of peace studies.  She has initiated and sustained key institutions, educational programs and networks of peace leaders around the world.

 

Reardon is faculty emeritus of Columbia University Teachers College, founding director emeritus of the International Institute on Peace Education, founding academic director of the Global Campaign for Peace Education for the Hague Appeal for Peace, and winner of the 2010 Sean McBride Peace Prize awarded by the International Peace Bureau in Geneva. The El-Hibri Peace Education Prize carries a cash award of $20,000.

 

As a school teacher in the 1950s, Reardon began to question the necessity of war, violence and exploitation.  She wrote lesson plans to help teachers cultivate peaceable classrooms, communities and nations.  Reardon introduced these materials and concepts to school systems and colleges of teacher preparation.    From her early, pioneering efforts, peace education as a field has rapidly expanded, to more than 400 degree programs at colleges and universities worldwide.

 

Colman McCarthy, 2010 El-Hibri Peace Education Prize Laureate, commented of her, “As both a peace educator inside the classroom and a peace advocate in the world outside, Betty Reardon has been tireless in getting out the word that alternatives to violence are not only possible, but workable.”

 

Reardon’s books on gender in peacebuilding, the relationship between military institutions and the exploitation of women, and the importance of human dignity have been translated into a multitude of languages.

 

“Reardon is a towering figure in peace education.  She has brought academic legitimacy to a bold, inspiring field. Her work has infused peace into our national narrative,” added Fuad El-Hibri, Chair of the El-Hibri Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

 

Reardon holds an Ed.D. from Columbia University, an M.A. from New York University and a B.A. from Wheaton College.  One of her most significant professional achievements is establishing the International Institute on Peace Education, which received special honorary mention from the UNESCO Peace Education Prize.

 

Previously-recognized Laureates include:  Chaiwat Satha-Anand, Gene Sharp, Colman McCarthy, Mary Elizabeth King, Scott Kennedy and Abdul Aziz Said.

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The El-Hibri Foundation seeks to build a better world by embracing the universally shared values of Islam: peace and social justice. To advance this vision the Foundation makes grants to 501(c)(3) organizations and their foreign equivalents, conducts programs, sponsors educational fora and collaborates with like-minded organizations to promote peace education, foster interfaith understanding, advance women’s rights and create opportunities for disadvantaged youth to lead productive lives.

 

The El-Hibri Peace Education Prize was established in 2007 by Fuad and Nancy El-Hibri to raise awareness about the importance of peace education.  See http://www.elhibriprize.org.