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Students of any age can learn to transform violent situations and develop conflict resolution strategies in schools, colleges and universities.

In the UK, the government has made Citizenship Education part of the national curriculum for young people aged 11-19 years since September 2002, including a requirement that children should learn to resolve conflicts fairly.

A number of Universities have developed conflict resolution courses and degrees, for example Bradford in the UK and Brandeis and Harvard in the US.

The Coexistence Initiative web site includes a selection of the most comprehensive and up-to-date listings of college and university programs in Peace and Conflict Studies, Conflict Resolution, and fellowships and grants for peace studies.
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Centre for Conflict Resolution and Department of Peace Studies
University of Bradford, England
The Centre for Conflict Resolution, based in the Department of Peace Studies, combines ideas and experiences of academics and practitioners to transfer research findings into practical conflict resolution applications. The work of staff and researchers at the Centre covers the following interlinked themes:

  • Peacebuilding from below
  • Peacekeeping and Conflict Resolution
  • Education and Training in Non-Violent Conflict Resolution Skills

Brandeis Intercommunal Coexistence Initiative, USA
The Alan B. Slifka Program in Intercommunal Coexistence at Brandeis University is a program of the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life that generates and disseminates knowledge useful to practitioners of coexistence, and engages students and other members of the larger Brandeis community in the theory and practice of coexistence.

Program on Negotiation at Harvard, USA
The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School is an applied research center committed to improving the theory and practice of negotiation and dispute resolution. It is working to change the way people, organizations, and nations resolve their disputes – shifting the process from ‘win-lose’ outcomes to ‘all-gain’ solutions.

Major goals of the program are to:

  • design, implement, and evaluate better dispute resolution practices
  • promote collaboration and communication among practitioners and scholars
  • develop educational programs and materials for instruction in negotiation and dispute resolution
  • increase public awareness and understanding of successful conflict resolution efforts

Business leaders, government officials, corporate trainers and lawyers are among the nearly 2,500 people who participate in short negotiation courses offered each year by the program in partnership with the Center for Management Research.

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