FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 14, 2014
Contact: Rev. Bud Heckman, +1-202-387-9500 firstname.lastname@example.org Director of Outreach, El-Hibri Foundation
2014 EL-HIBRI PEACE EDUCATION PRIZE NOMINATIONS OPEN
$20,000 Cash Prize For Innovation, Impact and Leadership in the Field of Peace Education
Washington, D.C. –The El-Hibri Foundation is pleased to announce the open period for receipt of nominations for the 2014 El-Hibri Peace Education Prize.
Nominations may be made online between March 14 and May 15, 2014. An independent vetting committee chaired by Nonviolence International (NI) will select one individual to be honored as the 2014 Peace Education Laureate at a ceremony in the fall of 2014.
Past recipients of the Prize include the following distinguished Laureates: Abdul Aziz Said (2007), Scott Kennedy (2008), Mary Elizabeth King (2009), Colman McCarthy (2010), Gene Sharp (2011), Chaiwat Satha-Anand (2012) and Betty A. Reardon (2013).
The El-Hibri Foundation is an American 501(c)(3) charitable foundation based in the Washington, D.C. organized to advance peace and respect for diversity through grants, programs and other activities. Fuad and Nancy El-Hibri established the El-Hibri Peace Education Prize in 2007 to raise awareness about the importance of peace education by honoring those who pioneered and championed the development of the field.
Since its inauguration, the El-Hibri Peace Education Prize has been awarded to scholars and scholar/activists. In 2014, the Prize also invites nominations from new categories of peace education contributors, including but not limited to: teachers, administrators, scholars, social change activists and policymakers.
“While conflict and social change are inevitable, violence is not. Peace education provides an alternative to violence at all levels by raising awareness about individual dignity, human rights, equality and interconnectedness to one another and our environment,” remarks El-Hibri Foundation President, Dr. Judy Barsalou. She continues, “Peace education develops communication and collaborative skills to resolve conflicts nonviolently, builds empathy and empowers learners to be agents of constructive social change.” Director of Programs, Dr. Lynn Kunkle, adds that “through this unique Prize we are looking to celebrate peace education’s leading luminaries and increase the profile of the field and the public’s understanding of its value for the social good of all.”