Brief Report on Peace Education in Germany by Peter Becker, IALANA and Foundation for Peace EducationMonday, March 11th, 2013
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The Peace Project: Peace Education through English and Job Skills in Rural Nicaragua
The community of Laguna de Apoyo is unique in that it resides at the bottom of a volcanic crater beside a thermally vented lake, but is not unlike other rural Nicaraguan towns in that many of its residents can’t read, many mothers silently suffer from domestic violence/abuse, and many fathers are absent, cheating, or abuse alcohol. The children here have few educational resources and opportunities, but are bursting with energy, enthusiasm, and curiosity.
In Aug 2011 when 3 idealistic University of Maryland alumni arrived in Laguna de Apoyo and asked the community how they could help, the response was unanimous: teach the children. Parents specifically requested English education, which could help their children eventually secure some of the only stable, well-paying jobs in the community. But as the English teachers politely turned down the rulers offered as disciplinary tools on their first day of class, the project’s focus began to emerge.
One aspect of The Peace Project’s mission is to offer English language instruction and reinforce the local educational efforts in order to expand future job opportunities. But the project also strives to create a culture of peaceful conflict resolution and positive communication as well as develop a greater awareness and open-mindedness of new ideas and cultures. Two full-time directors and a consistent flow of excellent volunteers offer English classes, tutoring, computer classes, and afterschool activities to about 50 elementary school children (so far…) who live in the Laguna.
Woven throughout all the activities are opportunities to learn and practice peace with oneself, with others, and with the world around us. English classes are frequently “interrupted” to peer mediate, intervene in bullying, or discuss littering. The vision is that these students will learn the skills they will need to secure good jobs to support themselves and their families, and the skills they can use to be positive leaders and influences in their families and communities. Find out more at thepeaceprojectnicaragua.org.
Commemoration of Human Rights Day by Peace Channel
Peace Channel family commemorated ‘Human rights Day and had Interfaith Prayer for Peace’ with a theme “Respect for Girl Child Rights” on 8th December 2012 at Holy Cross auditorium Hall, Dimapur. There were all togather 200 Peace Club members and teachers from different educational institutions in and around Dimapur, religious leaders and head of the various institutions participated in the program. Invocation prayer was led by Rev. Kari Longchar. Rev. Fr. CP Anto, Director Peace Channel during his keynote address set the objectives of the meeting and welcomed the Religious leaders, teachers, invitees and the peace club members. The purpose of coming together is to celebrate the girl child day in view of the Human Rights Day of Celebration. Another objectives were to pray for immediate solution of Naga Issue To commemorate the girl child day and see what is happening to their lives in Nagaland, to facilitate our teacher coordinators and other important persons who have been working for peace, to find out their issues and problems and find recommendations to protect and respect girl children in our state and country. While addressing he said that youth are the most powerful section of the society and can change the whole society into a better place where we can live in Peace and harmony, he called the youth to work together hand in hand to build the society a better place to live.
Smt. Bokali Mughavi, Director Transnational Humanitarian Advocacy Alliance addressing the event as the resource person that according to the International Labor Organization (ILO) report more than 100 million girl children are working as child labor. She stated that, discrimination on girl child labor depend on different culture with various abuses like abortion of girl fetus, female genital, mutilation, child labor, child trafficking, sexual exploitation, prostitution, child marriage, girl child mostly denied in education, inheritance which are physical, emotional, economical, social abuses. Human rights are universal rights and girl children are to be paid more attention for protection. She too requested everyone to be ready for protection and speak of right. While delivering her speech, she cited an example of Finland and Sweden that are known as peaceful nation because they give lot of empowerment to women like domestic helper/baby sitter who are well regarded and well paid.
The program was chaired by Adahe Neli, Program Manager of Peace Channel and while delivering the message of Christmas Dr. Cho-o, Lecturer of Oriental Theological Seminary said that today the event is commercialized but it should the time for worship, prayer and offer; much more it is a reason for peace. Meanwhile candle light prayer was led by Pastor Tohovi Achumi, Peace Channel Band and students of King David and St. Paul Higher Secondary School, Dimapur presented songs. The program was concluded with vote of thanks and Peace Pledge and Peace Anthem.
“The progress and Perspective of Peace Education in Armenia”
During the past several years local and international organizations in partnership with the National Institute of Education of the RA Ministry of Education and Science have been working on integrating the ideas of peace, conflict resolution and tolerance in the curriculum of schools.
The NGO Women for Development /www.wfd.am / based in Gyumri Armenia has been implementing the project “Peace and Conflict Resolution Education in Schools” since 2002 with the financial support of EED Germany. The project initiated in schools of Gyumri, and now involves the entire territory of Armenia. The main objective of the project has been formation of the ideas of peace culture and conflict resolution among teachers and schoolchildren.
Initially, Peace Education Centers were established in 16 schools of Shirak region and Gyumri State Pedagogical Institute. The classes in the Centers have been conducted based on the “Peace and Conflict Resolution Education in Schools” methodological handbook (42 lessons), which has been developed in collaboration with the specialists from the National Institute of Education. At that stage, the peace lessons at the Peace Education Centers were conducted by the specialists of the NGO WFD and selective teachers from each school.
Starting from 2011, the “Peace and Conflict Resolution Education in Schools” project is being implemented in 11 provinces throughout Armenia. A modified practical guide for teachers “Conflict Peaceful resolution Education in Schools” (2012) was developed and published based on the methodological handbook, which consists of 2 parts. The first part includes 5 topics: What is conflict? Conflict Escalation; Behavior Styles in Conflict Situations; Conflict Peaceful Resolution Skills; Principles and Methods of Conflict Peaceful Resolution; Summarizing the topic “Conflict Management”- Alternative Teaching Method. The second part is presenting selected most successful examples of Peace Education lessons provided by different teachers from schools of Gyumri (2009-2010).
As for December 2012, the Peace Education lessons will have reached out to more than 200 schools, around 800 class head teachers and more than 16200 schoolchildren of 11-15 ages from 11 provinces of Armenia.
The project is currently being implemented in the provinces with the support of all heads and specialists of the regional branches of the National Institute of Education, who conduct the training of teachers together with WFD specialists, after receiving corresponding training. They also coordinate the process of project integration in 5 schools in each province and will implement on-spot monitoring. The main approach is the following: trained teachers/class heads will conduct conflict resolution education lessons, which will contribute to creation of peaceful environment in their respective classrooms and schools. The teachers receive a teacher’s guidebook and necessary supporting materials, which have been developed by the NGO WFD and the National Institute of Education in order to carry out the peace lessons. The main result anticipated by the end of the project is more than 20% decrease in cases of violence in schools.
Taking into consideration the accomplishments during previous years of the project implementation and cooperation with the regional branches of the National Institute of Education of the Ministry of Education and Science, we are assured that it will be possible to integrate peace education in all about 1500 schools of Armenia in the coming years.
Dr. Gohar Markosyan,
President, NGO Women for Development
LLM, Manushak Aslanyan
Head of Human Rights Department, NGO Women for Development
Shahinyan 6a st, Apt 16 3118 Gyumri, Armenia
While addressing the Peace Rally on 19th May 2012, at DonBosco Hr.Sec.School Wokha Shri.Shaying Sheu, EAC of Wokha exhorted the youth to take responsibility to build peace in the present conflict situation. He appreciated the initiative of Peace Channel reaching out to Wokha at this crucial moment, where everyone is longing for peace and peacefulsettlement of the issues faced by the people of the district. This gatheing certainly creating awareness and giving the youth a big opportunity to take part in such programme. We all love peace but there are very few take the responsibility to build peace. Recalling the contribution of Tagore he said that R.Tagore was a peace activist and promoted peace through his literature. Today in our society we lack peace, and there are very few peace builders. Due to the conflict situation prevails in the district the students and the youth can’t concentrate nd study, there is no development. He also elaborated on the types of peace namely the external and internal peace. While expounding on the Biblical perceptive he quoted Mt:5;9, “Blessed are those who make peace they shall be called the children of God”.
The programme was organized by Peace Channel, in collaboration with the North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC). Rev.Fr. C.P.Anto, the Director of Peace Channel in his key note address , quoting Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s famous peom ” Where the Mind Is without Fear” he said we all need to be free from fear. In order to live in peace and harmony we need to reconcile with each other. Reconciliation leads to peace and peace leads to development, growth and prosperity. We all need to go beyond the narrow walls of tribalism to embrace universal brotherhood. He also explained the goal and objectives of the programme. The goal of the commemoration was to ‘Enhance the awareness on the Contribution of Rabindranath Tagore and empower the youth to appreciate the role of literature and culture in Peace Building and Holistic Development’. The main objective was to provide a platform for budding youngsters to showcase their talent in literary vocation and build our future leaders of our society.
Mr.Yanpothung Ezung, Research Scholar was the guest speaker. In his message he elucidated the contribution of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore as a prophet of peace. He was Indias’ peace envoy and outlined a vision of humanism and unity of mankind. Rev.Fr.C.J.Mathew SDB, the principal of the Donbosco Hr.Sec.School in his message he asked the youth to lead a God centered life in order to experience lasting peace in our life.
The winners of Literary Competitions on Recitation of Poem by Tagore’, the first prize was awarded to Ms.Erenbeni of A.G.High School, Second to Bideno of Mt.Carmel School and the third prize was conferred to Mhonbeni L.M.School Wokha respectively. Then writing Poem on ‘Peace’ the first prize was won by Mhabemo T.Lotha from LMS, the second prize was given to Noyingbeni Shiriti of SMB and the third prize was won by Bichamo Kikon D.B.H.S.S. Then the speech Competition on ‘Rabindranath Tagore – as the Prophet of Peace’, the first prize was won by Senchumbeni from Mt.Carmel, Second prize was given to Khalida Begum of C.M.H.S and the third prize was conferred to Jenifer of A.G.School Wokha. Rev.Fr.Anto Tharakan SDB did the invocation, Mr.Wobenthung Lawrence Project Manager of Peace Channel welcomed the gathering and Mr.Thungdemo was the Master of Ceremony, Ms.Cynthia Lotha Wokha district animator of the movement proposed vote of Thanks . The Cultural Extravaganza, Peace Band Performance and Peace Rally added colour to the event. Over 1000 youth and students from ten schools and organizations participated in the event.
Peace Channel Desk
CHILDREN OF EARTH TOGO IN COLLABORATION WITH THE SCHOOL ORGANIZED
EDUCATION AND CULTURE MOMENT FOR ONE WEEK.
Date: 23-30 April 2012
Hour: 15h at 17h GMT
TOPIC: CULTURE AND PEACE
THE ACTIVITIES: * Culture * Education
Description of activities
Training Workshop: Samuel AYIVI COE Chapter Leader and Ablam Amouzouvi
COE Member Togo
-How to maintain our culture?
-The Love of cultures
-How through culture we can keep the peace?
-Ambassador of Peace
We have spent quality time with the students including Children and Youth and adults as teachers.
We then reached over 950 students and are very happy because all the courses and demonstrations on culture and peace and love was well conducted and many students, parents who are attending, professors have a commitment to safeguard peace and share with others.
Here are some photos for activities.
More than 5 schools remember our request is to say the same to come organize programs for their students, so we ask you. We ask you to pray for us to find the financial and material means to do so.
Who we find the financial and material resources to organize its activities? We the members of COE-TOGO we make individual contributions. We appeal to all members and friends of the COE to participate in this contribution. If we can have some money we’ll make yet another program with students.
NB: Its moments are a great way to reach many people.
The numbers of ambassador to Togo augment and increase peace in the world.
The work is great in Togo but the worker can sound. I and everyone agree to go and share the messages of peace and conflict resolution where the need is.
COE Chapter Leader TOGO
Nous avons passé des bons moments avec les étudiants y compris les Enfants et Jeunes et les adultes aussi les professeurs. Nous avons puis touché plus de 950 étudiants et sommes très heureux car tout les cours et démonstrations sur la paix et l’amour s’est bien dérouler et beaucoup des étudiants, parents qui on assister, professeures se sont engager à sauvegarder la paix et le partager aux autres.
Voici quelque photo des activités.
Plus de 5 écoles demande notre souvient c’est dire de venir organiser les même programmes pour leur étudiants, donc nous vous demandons. Nous vous demandons de prier pour nous à trouver les moyens matériels et financière pour le faire.
Ou nous trouvons les moyens financiers et matériels pour organiser ses activités ?
Nous les membres COE-TOGO nous faisons des cotisations individuelles. Nous faisons appel a tous les membres et les amis du COE de participer a cette cotisation. Si nous arrivons à avoir un peu d’argent nous allons faire encore d’autre programme avec les étudiants.
NB : Ses moments sont de magnifique moyen de toucher beaucoup d’homme.
Les nombres d’ambassadeur de paix augmentent au Togo et dans le monde.
Le travail est grand au Togo mais les ouvrier son peux. Moi et les membres s’engage à aller et partager les messages de paix et a régler les conflits la où le besoin est.
COE Chapter Leader TOGO
Peace Channel, in collaboration with the North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC), Ministry of Culture, Government of India commemorated 150th Birth Anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore on 12th May 2012, at Great Commission Kids Academy, Naga United Village Dimapur. While addressing, the gathering , Shri.Som Kamei I.P.S., Director (NEZCC) said that Gurudev. Rabindranath Tagore is still very much relevant to all of us. In order to build peace and harmony we need to go beyond our narrow thinking of tribalism and nationalism etc., He exhorted the youth to dream big and our ideas should be more creative, unique, innovative and appealing to the public. He also said Gurudev, was a model for our youth today. He proved to the world that we can achieve many things if we are focused and properly guided. He was a scholar, educationist, freedom fighter, writer and painter and above all a humble man. His contribution to Indian Literature was immense, he added. He also thanked Peace Channel for organizing.
Rev.Fr. C.P.Anto, the director of Peace Channel in his key note address asked the participants, quoting Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s famous peom ” Where the Mind Is without Fear” do you think that our children and youth in our region live in peace and free of fear? When we compare how peaceful and free the children of other regions of India? What is that thing which deprives our children? He also explained the goal and objectives of the programme. The goal of the commemoration was to ‘Enhance the awareness on the Contribution of Rabindranath Tagore and empower the youth to appreciate the role of literature and culture in Peace Building and Holistic Development’. The objectives were to Popularize the work of Tagore among the younger generation, enhance the love for literature and culture among the youth, to impart comprehensive information on Tagore and his contributions towards literature, culture and peace, to provide a platform for budding youngsters to showcase their talent in literary vocation. Based on these objectives, ‘Prophet for Peace- Literary & Cultural Conclave’ had various activities like, Literary Competitions on Recitation of Poem by Tagore’, Writing Poem on ‘Peace’ and Speech Competition on ‘Rabindranath Tagore – as the Prophet of Peace’. Cultural Extravaganza and Peace Band Performance added colour to the event.
The winners of Speech competitions were Ms. Veibezeneuo from St.Paul, secured first position, james Manihru from Livingstone Hr.Sec.School won the second and Petevituo Kedissu from Assisi School got the third position. And then, Ms. Lithungbeni, from Godwin Hr.Sec.School, Sulivi S. Kala: HornBill and Sairing from St.Paul Hr.Sec.School secured first, second and third positions for poem writing competitions respectively. For Poem recitation Kihikali Zhimomi of Livingstone, Felicia of St.Clare and Lamhoi from St.Paul won the First, second and third prizes. Over 450 students from 22 schools participated in the event.
The other speakers were, Mr. Arthur Edwards, the Administrator, Livingstone Hr.Sec.School, Miss. Layse Farias, Student of University of Amsterdam, Holland, Mr. Bimal Ojha Asst. Teascher Pranab Vidyapith School, Mr. Akum Locality Peace leader, Ms. Anamia Paul, St.Paul Hr.Sec. School. The day’s programme ended with a prayer by Rev.P.Dozo, the proprietor of the Great Commission Kids Academy.
Peace Channel Desk
Dear all members and friends,
I am very pleased to present this report still working Children Of the Earth from Togo (COE-TOGO).
Date: 10-27 February 2012
We are based in a village named Kouvé
We shared with them many notions in his fields:
* Environmental protection;
* The peacekeeping
We then touch more than 25,000 peoples
Kouvé is a canton of the prefecture of Yoto. For a population of 49,000 inhabitants in 14 districts, Kouvé contains three high schools (two high schools and a modern technical college), four colleges, and 18 primary schools. We have two markets, two medical centers. I hope that this message of PEACE, LOVE Music and the environment continues in its midst because as a Hub Leader (Ambassador of Peace), youth Kouvé crave his notions of Peace and Love and environmental protection and HIV / AIDS on their evolving in the studies and the world.
I would heart to enlighten the world and make them real Leader of tomorrow. May the light of education illuminate the night of ignorance (no knowledge).
As you are aware that the illiterate of the third millennium is the one who is ignorant (no knowledge) of the concepts of Peace Love and environment protection.
We need your advice, suggestions especially better working methods.
Togo is a beautiful country full of happiness and future if we commit to share the concepts of Peace and Love, environment, health, and music.
PEACE & LOVE
Children Of the Earth Hub Leader Togo.
Je suis très heureux de vous présentez encore un rapport de travaille des enfants de la terre du Togo (COE-TOGO).
Nous sommes partir dans un village nommée Kouvé
Nous avions partagé avec eux plusieurs notions dans ses domaines :
*Protection de l’environnement ;
*Le maintien de la paix
*L’amour envers son prochain.
Nous avons puis toucher plus de 25.000 peuples
KOUVE est un canton de la préfecture de yoto. Pour une population de 49.000 habitants pour 14 quartiers, KOUVE renferme 3 lycées (2 lycées modernes et un lycée technique), 4 collèges, et 18 écoles primaires. Nous avons 2 marchés, 2 centres médicaux. Je souhaite à ce que ce message de Paix et d’environnement continue dans ses milieu car en tant que Hub Leader (Ambassadeur de Paix), les jeunes de KOUVE ont soif de ses notions de paix et d‘environnement et de protection du VIH/SIDA pour leur pleine évolution dans les études et dans le monde.
Je tiens à cœur à éclairer le monde et à faire d’eux de vrai Leader de demain. Que la lumière de l’éducation éclaire la nuit de l’ignorance.
Comme vous n’êtes pas sans savoir que l’analphabète de ce troisième millénaire est celui qui est ignorant des notions de la paix, d’environnement.
Nous avons besoin de vos conseils, suggestion surtout de meilleurs méthodes de travail.
Le Togo est un magnifique pays plein de bonheur et d’avenir si nous engageons à partager les notions de Paix, d’environnement, de santé, Music.
PAIX & AMOUR
Children Of the Earth Hub Leader Togo.
Peace Education the need of the Hour for Holistic Growth
(crossposted from the Nagaland Post at http://www.nagalandpost.com/ChannelNews/State/StateNews.aspx?news=TkVXUzEwMDAxNTA1Nw%3D%3D-Ivx9mXCu5yk%3D )
One day teachers’ orientation programme was held at Peace Channel Institute, Dimapur on 10th March 2012. The Theme of the seminar was “Peace Education is the Need of the Hour”. Rev. Fr. C.P. Anto, Director of Peace channel animated the session on Peace Education and techniques in making the class room a place of Peace. While addressing the teachers of Dimapur District, said that Peace education may be defined as the process of acquiring the values, the knowledge and developing the attitudes, skills, and behaviors to live in harmony with oneself, with others, and with the natural environment. Thus, the purpose of education is to see man made whole; both in competence and in character. He also elicited from the teachers the various methods of teaching and techniques in managing the class room. Elucidating a few more creative methods and techniques of management and altering teacher centered class room in to student centered class room can positively contribute for making the class room a place of peace and better learning.
Mr.Kishor Das, P.R.O peace Channel presented the concept and activities of Peace Channel. Mr. Minthungo, coordinator Peace Channel briefed the Peace Celebration and other animators led the practical session on Peace Celebration. Mr.Arnold Xavier proposed vote of thanks. The one day programme ended with an action plan to exploring various methods of effective teaching for slow learners in the class room.
Peace Channel desk