Generations For Peace Expands Peacebuilding Curriculum in New Partnership with Sanford Harmony


Published: 2019-05-23 11:50

Last Updated: 2019-05-23 13:09

The collaboration seeks to deepen programme impact on local youth and communities in the Middle East and Africa by integrating multiple proven educati
The collaboration seeks to deepen programme impact on local youth and communities in the Middle East and Africa by integrating multiple proven educati

Generations For Peace has announced a new partnership with Sanford Harmony, a leading US charitable enterprise, in order to integrate Sanford Harmony materials into Generations For Peace programming. The collaboration will consist of three primary phases: pilot, knowledge transfer by Generations For Peace, and future implementation.

Twenty-five Generations For Peace staff have recently attended a Training of Trainers put on by Sanford Harmony at Generations For Peace headquarters in Amman, Jordan. The day-long training covered Sanford Harmony’s renowned curriculum and paved the way for its integration into the peacebuilding curriculum of Generations For Peace that has been implemented in 50 countries around the globe.

Generations For Peace will launch the newly integrated curriculum via two pilot programmes, each running for one year, from Summer 2019-2020. In Jordan, the new curriculum will be incorporated into the existing Sport & Life Skills For Peace Programme, led by 72 volunteers and reaching 1800 children and youth. In Ghana, the new curriculum will contribute to an ongoing Arts and Advocacy For Peace Programme led by 70 volunteers and targeting 70 children and youth.

The partnership’s second phase will begin once the pilot programmes are under way and will consist of knowledge sharing between the Generations For Peace Institute (GFPI) and Sanford Harmony on effective monitoring and evaluation methods.

“The National University System is pleased to be able to expand access internationally to the Sanford Harmony social emotional learning program through this very important partnership with Generations for Peace,” said Dr. Michael R. Cunningham, Chancellor of the National University System, a network of non-profit education institutions that serves lifelong learners from PreK to doctoral level. “We have always envisioned making the Sanford Harmony program a global movement, reflecting the great aspirations of philanthropist Denny Sanford, and this partnership is significant step in that direction to ensure that the positive impacts of Sanford Harmony are available to children across the world.”

Generations For Peace President, Dr. Mohanned Al Arabiat, commented, “Generations For Peace is proud to engage in this exciting new partnership with Sanford Harmony, whose excellent reputation mirrors our own dedication to innovation, quality, impact, and sustainability. The mutual transfer of knowledge embodied by this partnership vividly reflects the commitment of Generations For Peace to horizontal learning and continuous improvement. We firmly believe that the integration of their unique approach into our proven and time-tested curriculum will bolster our grassroots efforts, contribute to our innovative programming, and ultimately lead to an increased reach and deepened impact on youth and their communities in contexts facing violent conflict around the world.

Both organisations hope to implement a third phase of future implementation in 2020-2021, when they intend to scale-up activities within the pilot territories and replicate successful programmes in new locations.

Generations For Peace (GFP) is a Jordan-based global non-profit organisation founded and chaired by HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein, dedicated to sustainable peace building and conflict transformation through sport, arts, advocacy, dialogue and empowerment.

By providing unique training and continuous support and mentoring to volunteer leaders of youth, GFP empowers them to lead and cascade change in their communities, promoting active tolerance and responsible citizenship and working at the grassroots to address local issues of conflict and violence.

GFP uses sport as an entry point to engage with children and youth, and our carefully-facilitated sport-based games provide a vehicle for integrated education and behaviour change. In addition to our sport-based approaches, GFP has also developed arts, advocacy, dialogue, and empowerment activities to support conflict transformation with children, youth and adults in different contexts.

In the last 11 years, we have trained and mentored more than 11,447 volunteer leaders of youth in 50 countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe. With our support, their ongoing programmes address local issues of conflict and violence, and have touched the lives of more than 522,251 children, youth and adults.

GFP is ranked 29th in the “Top 500 NGOs in the World” for 2018 by NGO Advisor and is the second-highest ranked peace-building NGO in the world. It is also the number one Jordanian NGO on the list. The ranking assesses non-governmental organisations according to innovation, impact, sustainability and strong partnerships.

GFP is also the only peace-through-sport organisation officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee.