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Organization: Children of the Earth
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PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the first half of the Decade?

We have organized youth from around the world to meet and then develop projects that reflect building a culture of peace. These young people are wiiing and able to carry the torch and create inner and outer peace. They have created projects in Nepal, China, Ghana, Nigeria, Australia, Liberia and Mexico. This is like a great ripple effect. Call on the youth and they respond. Acknowledge them and they work tirelessly. The Apeadu Peace Center offers yearly programs on peace skills building. The World Spirit Forum supports youth in building the peaceful future. The Vermont Peace Academy also has a youth component and the youth are training teachers and their peers oin nonviolent communication skills. COE manages and works on all of these.

The indicators are the tremendous amount of youth projects that develop from organized international meetings to enrich a local level endeavor. Some of these are...the Togo girls Education project., the Rwanda Orphans project, the Liberian Peace Parliament for Youth, the Indigenous Youth Program for the Indios of Mexico, the Nepal Peace Club and more.

OBSTACLES: What are the most important obstacles that have prevented progress?

Naturally the greatest obstacle is lack of financial support for convening youth and intiating projects.

ACTIONS: What actions have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the first half of the Decade?

For the International Day of Peace, we of the Apeadu Program held a large gathering for youth and adults in Accra Ghana to discuss and focus on building a Culture of Peace followed by a Peace March and an Environmental Clean-up.


As a leader of The Vermont Peace Academy project, we hosted a series of panels for youth to be linked throughout the high schools in Vernont by video interactive TV. These panels focused on religious and s[piritual leaders speaking on an interfaith dialogue, youth hosting a political Q and A panel of governmental leaders, a teach-in on Nonviolent Communication Skills and other relevant topics.

ADVICE: What advice would you like to give to the Secretary-General and the General Assembly to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the second half of the Decade?

I think it is important to support a structure that could house all the peace activities in order to exhibit the deep interest and intent and actual focus people have towards creating a Culture of Peace. To this end I suggest that we adopt a similar Resolution to the Depratment of Peace Bill that has been presented to the US  Congress as a model for other countries to consider Ministries Of Peace within their own strucutres. Then we could link these Departments as they do for Departments of Defense and War.Look at Bli on web site for DoP

PARTNERSHIPS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

Childern of the Earth works diligently to bring a collective understanding and positive actions into group consent building. We work with UNICEF, VPA, SWF and many other organizations.

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence in the second half of the Decade (2005-2010)?


Postal address of organization

26 Baycrest Drive
South Burlington, VT 05403

E-mail address of organization

coevt@aol.com

Website address of organization

children-of-the earth.org

Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

Education for a CoP

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace

CoP domains

Highest priority country of action (or international)

Ghana

Second priority country of action (or international)

Nepal
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