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Obiora IkeBig Problems Have Small Beginnings

By Obiora Ike, Executive Director

Dear Friends of,
As the season of Easter starts across many countries, we at extend season's best wishes of peace, renewal and hope to all our readers and network participants. 
We are all aware of the growing turmoil various people and nations face in the twenty first century and are shocked that what we thought we had achieved in previous centuries—freedom, democracy, justice, equality, tolerance, peace and economic welfare for all—are gradually eroding in these times to our dismay.
Permit me to share a wise tale known and told in many African traditions, which recently featured in The New York Times*. The title of the story is ‘Find My Stolen Turkey'.
‘Many years ago, a Bedouin chief discovered one day that his favourite turkey had been stolen. He called his sons together and told them: "Boys, we are in great danger now. My turkey has been stolen—find my turkey." His boys just laughed and said, "Father, what do you need that turkey for?" And they ignored him. 
'A few weeks later the Bedouin chief's camel was stolen. His sons went to him and said: "Father, our camel has been stolen. What should we do?" And the chief answered: "Find me my turkey".
'A few weeks later the chief's horse was stolen, and again his sons asked what they should do. "Find my turkey" the chief said. 
'Finally, a few weeks later his daughter was abducted, at which point he gathered his sons and told them: "It's all because of the turkey! When they saw that they could take my turkey, we lost everything."'
This story bears repetition in this context because it clearly demonstrates the current situation humankind faces everywhere. We wonder about how we arrived at the present global crisis in terms of the various horrendous gaps which harm people in public and private conduct. Experts say that the quality of global democracy is in rapid decline, that fraud and economic related crimes grow unabated and that the rise in abuse of humans by fellow humans despite all the laws, conventions, treaties and constitutions continue in this time and age.
‘Find My Stolen Turkey' is a wise invitation to start early in our ethics teaching and practice. This is why the focus of on ethics in higher education needs the support of all—policy makers, administrators and teachers, businesses, students and all stakeholders in higher education.
We owe the youth the truth about life and the experiences of virtue as a basis for a world founded on peace and mutual coexistence.
The implied thesis is correct, namely that ethics is critical for our world and provides the answers to many of our problems.
Teachers need to teach the young that there is truth and ethically accepted codes of conduct, not just subjective opinions. For when truth and ethical conduct are denied, what do we make of the human reason that has ability to think and process the notion that one ‘ought' to do something—knowing the right thing and doing it? 
‘Find My Stolen Turkey' is an invitation to turn the tide of unethical practices spreading like a cancer in virtually all countries, systems and cultures. When we allow the first and smaller vices to proceed, the larger ones follow.  And sometimes, it might be too late to stop it all. 
Today humanity is ashamed of its inability to respect and defend human life, protect human dignity and promote the welfare of all. The lack of responsibility and values-driven leadership in local, national and international contexts bear the clear evidence of failure.
It is not however the systems that failed first. What failed first were character and ethical principles in human agents. Managing and teaching ethics at all levels assumes therefore the dimensions of the search for the turkey that first got lost. ‘Find My Stolen Turkey' is a metaphor for our common challenge and opportunity. It is the search for Ethics. We invite you to join this great service to humanity. 
Obiora Ike, Executive Director
*The tale was originally printed in The New York Times: ‘What Putin and Trump Have in Common' by Thomas L. Friedman. (

upcoming events and training International Conference - Managing and Teaching Ethics in Higher Education: Policies, Skills and Resources in Switzerland, 4-6 June 2018 International Conference. Managing and Teaching Ethics in Higher Education: Policies,Skills and Resources

The aim of the conference is to embed ethics more deeply into higher education institutions and provide resources for ethics education for teachers and stakeholders in order to build strong institutions and responsible leaders and citizens.

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Public Lecture: Theological Education in the Context of Global Christianity, 13 April 2018

Public lecture: Theological Education in the Context of Global Christianity

The lecture will provide the occasion for a panoramic analysis of theological education in the context of the growing diversity of Christianity and offer reflections and proposals on what is needed for a sustainable ecumenical and contextual theological education today.... More information

GlobeTheoLib Consortium Meeting, 13-14 April 2018

GlobeTheoLib Consortium Meeting

The representatives of world Christian communions, theological education institutions, networks and libraries will discuss and exchange on new developments, trends and projects in theological education and digital librarianship serving theological education and ecumenical studies and review its strategy and budget plans. ... More information Spring Board Meeting, 20-21 April 2018 Board Meeting

The Spring meeting of the international Board of Foundation will be held in Geneva, Switzerland from 20-21 April 2018. On the agenda are the Annual Report and accounts for 2017. Read more


Follow every Tuesday our Webcast Series on Sustainability, Ethics and Action: What Can We Do?

Environmental and sustainability ethics webcast series in collaboration with CITVN has produced a webcast series on the reading of Pope Francis' environmental encyclical Laudato Si, which has been described as a ‘worldwide wake-up call to help humanity understand the destruction that man is rendering to the environment and his fellow man' ... Read more


Events in our Network

What: The Ethics Institute 8th Annual Conference
When: 21 May 2018
Where: Midreand, Gauteng, South Africa
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What: 6th International Conference on Ethics Education
When: 3-5 October 2018
Where: Stellenbosh, South Africa
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upcoming opportunities

Call for Papers: International Conference. Managing and Teaching Ethics in Higher Education, deadline 30 April 2018

Call for paper: Ethics and Reconcilliation in Poetry

A call for abstracts of academic papers and of workshop concepts has been launched for the International Conference 2018. The deadline for submissions is 30 April 2018 ... Read more

Open Enrolment: Train the Trainers Ethics in Higher Education Programme, 1 April 2018

Open Enrolment: Train to Trainers Ethics in Higher Education Programme
We are pleased to inform that the Academy train the trainers programme on Ethics in Higher Education (EHE) is open for enrolment from 1 April 2018 to institutional partners and their teaching staff. Learn more

Competition: Best Environment and Sustainability Paper or Video, deadline 1 October 2018

Competition: Best environment and sustainability paper or video in collaboration with CITVN is organising a competition. Participants are invited to answer the question "Sustainability, Ethics and Action: What Can We Do?" using examples of good practice in the form either of an essay or of a video. Learn more

Looking for collaboration opportunities on ethics in higher education?

Looking for collaboration opportunities? Globethics Consortium
Join our Globethics Consortium on Ethics in Higher Education as an Individual Member and you can apply to join the Pool of Experts with opportunities to share your expertise and knowledge with a wider audience around the world.

Addressing the need of integrating Ethics in Higher Education, in 2017, created the Globethics Consortium on Ethics in Higher Education. Its aim is to create a marketplace that enables and encourages interaction between Consortium Members generating a synergy that is beneficial to all involved. ... Read more


Arigatou International Celebrates 10 Years of Learning to Live Together Programme

Arigatou International Arigatou International celebrates 10 years of Learning to Live Together Programme
Arigatou International invites us to celebrate in ten different ways their many achievements, collaborations and experiences that they have built during the last ten years.  Read more



1.7 Million Index Theologicus Records Now Available in Library

Index Theologicus records now available on Library

Over 1.7 million records from the 'Index Theologicus' (the International Bibliography of Theology and Religious Studies, IxTheo for short), a free and open access service of the University of Tübingen, have been integrated into the Library thanks to a new cooperation between and the University Library of Tübingen.  Read more

Book of the Month

Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science by Jhangiani, Rajiv and Biswas-Diener, Robert 

Book of the month: Open. The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science by Jhangiani, Rajiv and Biswas-Diener, Robert

'Affordable education. Transparent science. Accessible scholarship. These ideals are slowly becoming a reality thanks to the open education, open science, and open access movements. Running separate—if parallel—courses, they all share a philosophy of equity, progress, and justice. This book shares the stories, motives, insights, and practical tips from global leaders in the open movement...'  Read more

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New Publication

Ethics in Higher Education: Foundation for Sustainable Development

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This first of two book volumes serves as a guide providing insights gained through experience from 29 authors, including teachers, administrators and policy makers and researchers, all brought together to focus on how Ethics in Higher Education can be integrated into concrete contexts. Read the book





Train the Trainers Workshop: Strengthening Ethics at CUEA

Train of trainers workshop: strengthening ethics at CUEA

The aim of the workshop was not only to reinforce the importance of ethics in education but also to provide the teachers with the knowledge, skills and resources to embed ethics into their teaching methods and to pass the values of their university on to the students. Read more

Conference on Integrating Ethics into Higher Education at CUEA

Conference on Integrating Ethics in Higher Education at CUEA

The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) in collaboration with held a train the trainers workshop at the Learning Resource Centre in CUEA from 13-16 March 2018...   Read more Academy Supports the Global Ecumenical Theological Institute 2018 Academy supports the Global Ecumenical Theological Institution 2018

The Global Ecumenical Theological Institute (GETI) 2018 was a global ecumenical short-term study and exposure programme that took place in parallel to the Conference on World Mission and Evangelism in March 2018 in Arusha, Tanzania. Read more


Book Launch: Women's Status and Gender Relations in Post-Genocide Rwanda

Book Launch: Women's Status and Gender Relations in Post-Genocide Rwanda

As part of a prolonged celebration of the International Women's Day, on 19 March 2018 organised a book launch for the publication 'Women's Status and Gender Relations in Post-Genocide Rwanda' ... Read more

New National Contact for Ghana

New National Contact for Ghana is pleased to announce the appointment of Emmanuel K. Ansah as National Contact as of March 2018. Read more

CIRID Morocco Visit to

CIRID delegation visits Head Office

The purpose of the visit was to exchange views on how education is a catalyst for the transformation of society and how to integrate ethics in higher education in Morocco and in the region. Read more


College Level Speech Competition on Equal Opportunity and Violence Against Women

To mark International Women's Day 2018, on 8 March India organised a speech competition at St Jerome's PU and Degree College, Bangalore. Read more

Seminar on the Need for a New Perspective for Everlasting Peace and Human Dignity in India

Seminar on the Need for a New Perspective for everlasting Peace and Human Dignity at India

A seminar on the 'Need for a New Perspective for Everlasting Peace and Human Dignity' was organised by Globethics India at Coimbatore on 22 February 2018. Read more