Special Projects 

The Global Issues Resource Collaborative (GIRC) provides training and technical assistance on conflict management and related topics including violence prevention, democracy education, and civic engagement across the United States of America and around the world. Please find below a sample of our work. We also encourage you to explore the links on the left to learn more about other aspects of our work.

Current & Upcoming Special Projects:

Developing a National School-Based Peace Education Program for Afghanistan 

GIRC served as the coordinating agency on a multi-organization collaborative effort to develop a school-based peace education program for Afghanistan. Funded by the United States Institute of Peace, this effort is spear-headed by Help the Afghan Children (HTAC), a non-governmental organization. GIRC led the development of the peace education curriculum standards and learning competencies for the Ministry of Education of Afghanistan. These competencies cover grades 7 – 12 and, upon implementation, will reach thousands of teachers and 4 million Afghan children. The long-term goal is for non-aggressive conflict resolution and negotiation practices to be used among communities, including those of different ethnic groups. Approximately 30 lessons per grade level were then developed to be used in the classroom to teach the core concepts.  The lessons were translated into Dari and Pashto and are currently being piloted by teachers in Afghanistan.  This project is funded by the United States Institute of Peace.



Suraya Sadeed of Help the Afghan Children trains in Kabul in the curriculum that GIRC helped develop.   

Training and Technical Assistance to the Ministry of Education of the Kyrgyz Republic

The Collaborative provided training and technical assistance to the Center for Social Integration Policy and the Ministry of Education of the Kyrgyz Republic as the country works to integrate human rights, peace, conflict resolution, multi-cultural education and civics into the arts and social studies curriculum standards for primary and secondary schools.  This project is funded by UNICEF.

International Capacity Building in Conflict Management and Democracy Education


“Sustainable Regional Education Efforts for Safer More Inclusive Communities” Heredia, Costa Rica

The Ministry of Public Education, Costa Rica in collaboration with the European Centre for Conflict Prevention (ECCP), in its role as the Global Secretariat of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), and GIRC, Cuyahoga Community College, invited teams of governmental and non-governmental organizations from 13 countries from around the world to a two-day working group meeting to examine best practices in infrastructure development and the role of governmental/non-governmental partnerships at a national/regional level to address youth violence/conflict This working group meeting involved teams of governmental and non-governmental peace and conflict resolution education practitioners and government officials that work together to address these issues at a national/regional policy level.

An Inter-Sectoral Approach to Fostering Democratic Culture in Schools and Local Communities in Countries of the Caribbean  

GIRC provides capacity building in the countries through trainings for educators, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and government officials in several countries in the Caribbean through a project titled  “An Inter-Sectoral Approach to Fostering Democratic Culture in Schools and Local Communities in Countries of the Caribbean”,  funded by the International Governmental Organization, The Organization of American States.   While work is ongoing, trainings have taken place in St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Trinidad and Tobago. This project built on an earlier project in Trinidad and Tobago with the Ministry of Local Government and the Ministry of Education during which the GIRC provided trainings to government officials in conflict resolution education to assist in building the country’s capacity for developing and strengthening a culture of democracy among youth. The GIRC has also provided similar support to NGOs and Ministry of Education staff in Belize to develop capacity in conflict education through support of the U.S. State Department and U.S. Embassy.

GIRC provides training in conflict management for educators and non-profits that work with youth in Belize.

Photographic Images: A Local to Global Perspective, Critical issues affecting our planet and it's people

This event sponsored by GIRC seeks to raise awareness of peace building efforts developed and supported by local organizations, students at Tri-C and GIRC. While each initiative clearly has a global component and touches people in countries all over the world, each project also engages the local community through projects and programming in the Cleveland area.

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Ohio Department of Education's International Education Rubric

Countries Available:

  • Belize
  • Burma
  • Cameroon
  • Costa Rica
  • Guatemala
  • India
  • Israel and the Palestinian Territories
  • Pakistan
  • South Korea
  • Trinidad and Tobago

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