Empowering civic activism toward a culture of peace.
The first and foremost responsibility of PEACE EDUCATORS is to move and motivate institutions/universities to start courses on PEACE as a professional course. In addition all schools of the world must teach basics of Peace to build peaceful citizens.I hope all members will agree to this and move accordingly.
Prof.Fani Bhusan Das
Do you have a curriculum or doctrine to use as a basis for this course?
Happy New Year, Professor! and All!
For Peace Education to move forward we really do need to motivate our institutions to adopt the inclusion of Peacebuilding skills at every level of education, across all fields. The idea that Peace Study is not simply a course for the interested few, but a broad skill base to enhance all of civil society is a challenging concept to integrate into our established educational and professional structures.
A friend and colleague here in NH was successful at establishing the nation's first Peace and Social Justice program at the Community College level. Nashua Community College now offers an Associate Degree Program in Liberal Arts with a Peace and Social Justice Concentration. This program overlaps with the Teacher Education degree and she is trying to awaken the college to the notion that Peace Studies should "count" toward all professional degrees. It is established but still considered a "fringe" degree.
The aims of the program are listed below:
The Peace and Social Justice Studies Concentration has three major aims:
She and I also attended a four day BePeace Foundations Course in Vt. recently. It was sponsored by the National Peace Academy and the Rasur Foundation International.
BePeace is a program that teaches individuals of all ages to not only feel peace, but also to speak and teach peace. Developed in Costa Rica through the Academy for Peace in that country, the BePeace practice combines the HeartMath method for “feeling peace” and Nonviolent Communication for “speaking peace.” BePeace brings together the essence of each in a powerful, synergistic approach to being peace. BePeace founder Rita Marie Johnson is now bringing her program to the United States.
The goal is to bring this training into the schools for future generations of children. (Preliminary results actually show an increase in test scores with children using this approach. More evidence based studies hope to persuade those in need of statistical proof before allowing consideration of the idea.)
I have also just completed an illustration project for a book to be re-released this spring. It is entitled, "The Peacable Classroom". It is intended as a guide for teachers and parents in establishing an intentional environment where the children are held in, and use the skills of Peace. It includes suggestions of breathwork, Reiki, yoga, Feng Shui, rhythm, and witnessing emotions to name a few avenues for skill building.
I will let you know when it is finally published.
I recommit to establishing the groundwork for Peace Education in 2011.
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