National University System Expands Sanford Harmony Social Emotional Learning Program Globally Through Partnership with Generations for Peace

Sanford Harmony, which is based on the vision of philanthropist T. Denny Sanford and offered through the private nonprofit National University System, will support youth peace-building activities through Generations for Peace programs in the Middle East and Africa

San Diego, Calif. – The National University System (NUS), which offers the nation’s fastest-growing PreK-6 social and emotional learning (SEL) program—Sanford Harmony—today announced a new partnership with Generations for Peace, a global nonprofit organization dedicated to building sustainable, peaceful communities through children’s programs and the mentorship of youth leaders. The partnership will support the work being done by Generations for Peace, which is recognized globally as one of the top three peace-building NGOs in the world. Generations for Peace and National University System will together support the grass-roots efforts of volunteer youth mentors to implement sustained activities that enhance positive social connections among children in the Middle East and Africa, starting in Jordan and Ghana.

The research-based PreK-6 Sanford Harmony social emotional learning program, inspired by vision of philanthropist T. Denny Sanford, has been recognized as a leader in SEL by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the national organization that evaluates quality SEL programs. Reaching more than 6.5 million youth nationwide, the Sanford Harmony program offers activities and lessons to schools, after-school programs and other youth-interfacing organizations that encourage healthy relationships among children that emphasize communication, collaboration, and respecting differences. The approach complements Generations for Peace’s emphasis on empowering children of all backgrounds to engage in respectful treatment of others and responsible citizenship among their multi-cultural societies.

“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 nonprofit 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.”

The Sanford Harmony materials, available at no cost to schools and participating organizations, will be translated to Arabic, expanding the multi-national reach of these resources, currently offered in English and Spanish. Through this partnership, Sanford Harmony’s peer relationship-strengthening curriculum will be incorporated into two pilot programs, starting this summer, expanding the reach of Sanford Harmony to nearly two thousand children and over one hundred volunteers in the Middle East and Africa.

National University System’s partnership with the highly regarded Generations for Peace, the third-ranked peace-building NGO in the world by NGO Advisor, serves to further expand Generations For Peace’s already-established reach to more than a half million children, youth, and adults in more than 50 countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe. NGO Advisor is a Geneva-based independent media organization committed to highlighting innovation, impact, and governance in the nonprofit sector. Generations For Peace is also the only peace-through-sport organization officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee.

Founded in 2007 by HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein of Jordan, Generations For Peace, headquartered in Amman, Jordan, maintains previously established partnerships with universities in the U.S. and abroad, including Georgetown University and the University of Oxford. Additional support for its programs, research, and development stems from local and international NGOs, corporate partners, and other sources. Generations for Peace will integrate culturally adapted Sanford Harmony principles to further enhance its curriculum, focused on unity and conflict resolution, that is disseminated through sport- and art-based youth engagement programs.

“By partnering with Sanford Harmony and the National University System to expand access to their proven and effective social emotional learning program, we can enhance and advance our aligned mission and encourage greater understanding, respect and trust among children to build and strengthen communities locally and around the world,” said Dr. Mohanned Al Arabiat, president of Generations for Peace.

Based out of the National University System, Sanford Harmony is being offered at no cost to schools and youth-focused nonprofit organizations, such as Best Buddies and LA’s BEST, thanks to the generosity of Mr. Sanford, who last year expanded his financial support of the program through a $100 million donation. The program aligns with and expands on National University System’s educational programs that support teachers. The San Diego-based National University, which is part of the National University System, is home to one of the top ten largest schools of education in the country, the Sanford College of Education. Nationwide, Sanford Harmony has expanded to the nation’s largest school districts, including Los Angeles Unified School District, Dallas Independent School District, and New York City public schools.

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

About National University System/Sanford Programs
Established in 2001 to meet the emerging challenges and demands of education in the 21st Century, the National University System is a network of accredited nonprofit education institutions serving higher education and K-12 students that includes National University, Northcentral University, John F. Kennedy University, City University of Seattle, and the Division of Pre-College Programs. The Sanford Education Center at National University System’s San Diego headquarters was established in 2014 through the generous support of philanthropist T. Denny Sanford to provide innovative programs in the nonprofit and PreK-12 sectors. The Center, in coordination with universities around the country, is leading the national expansion of three initiatives: Sanford Harmony, Sanford Inspire, and the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy. Learn more at National University System and Sanford Programs.