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Good news is hard to spot in today's media landscape, but it's there!

UN Secretary-General’s 2019 New Year’s Message

Religion & Belief Roadshow through central England

St. Philip's Center at Leicester (UK) has launched a remarkable initiative to promote knowledge of the world's religions, their customs and commonalities. Representatives of 8 religions, along with Center staff, are doing a roadshow through central England.


This Teacher Came Up With A Lesson Plan For Combating Hate,
by Nicole Slaughter-Graham

After the divisive 2016 presidential election, Nicole Newman-Darbois looked for ways to help her high schoolers address the angst and fear many of them admitted to feeling about the future. Dismayed with the seeming resurgence of hate speech and exclusion in the public domain, Newman-Darbois’ students were angry and confused, and she believed it was her duty to help them understand the world around them and their place in it.

“It’s my job as an educator and a teacher to provide my students the time and space to talk about the issues they are interested in,” says Newman-Darbois, a Florida English and literature teacher who is also passionate about social justice. Because of this, she searched for tools that would assist her students in working through their feelings inside her classroom.

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Swedens "Hero of the Year" 2017

A 63-year-old mother of seven was named the 2017 "Hero of the Year" late Monday by Sweden's leading Aftonbladet daily. Turkish national Fatma İpek Alcı received the most public votes for the award in the "Guiding Light" category

Short film WATU WOTE ("All of us")
With Kenya targeted by terrorist attacks of the Al-Shabaab, anxiety and mistrust between Muslims and Christians has been growing. In December 2015, Muslim bus passengers showed that solidarity can prevail. A film about this true event, produced by film students from Germany and Kenya, was awarded the 2017 Student Academy Award.

Women Wage Peace
Mostly ignored by media, since 2016 thousands of women from Israel and Palestine march together every year for peace as part of their movement “Women Wage Peace.” The 2017 march took place from September 24 through October 10. The movement arose in summer 2014 during the escalation of violence between Israel and the Palestinians, and the military operation “Tzuk Eitan.” The song "Prayer of the Mothers" was born as a result of an alliance made between singer-songwriter Yael Deckelbaum, and a group of courageous women, leading the movement of “Women Wage Peace.”
Israeli and Palestinian women march for peace 2017
Prayer of the Mothers - Official video

Courage takes many forms – moral, intellectual, emotional, psychological, political, social, spiritual, financial... What makes people brave? The essence of courage, an underexamined quality which can change the world.
This is what it takes to stand up: the essence of courage

The salaries of Yemeni teachers stopped nearly a year ago, but they continue to educate their students. Sawsan al-Refaei reports.
Keeping schools open in Yemen