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Organization: Hague Appeal for Peace
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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?

Collaborative effort (1996-1999) to bring together 10,000 individuals and organizations in The Hague, The Netherlands which launched 12 campaigns worldwide to foster nonviolent alternatives to war.  The Hague Appeal for Peace adopted the Global Campaign for Peace Education.

Progress includes: established a website that provides peace education curricula, translations of curricula in various languages and contact information for international network such as our International Advisory Committee of expert peace educators from 20 different countries; increased partnerships to disseminate information and resources to over 15,000 people; published teacher training manuals including Learning to Abolish War: Teaching Toward a Culture of Peace, Peace Lessons from Around the World, and Peace and Disarmament Education: Changing Mindsets in Niger, Albania, Peru and Cambodia available in hard copy and online; annual conferences with international peace educators to share ideas, evaluate and develop programs of action; partnered with Ministries of Education in countries of Africa, Asia, Europe, New Zealand, and South America (see attached Tirana Call which was signed by 3 categories of people including the UN, Ministries of Education and civil society or visit www.haguepeace.org); formed partnership with the UN Department for Disarmament Affairs to integrate disarmament and peace education programs in both formal and informal settings of Albania, Cambodia, Niger, and Peru which have been adopted by each of their respective Ministries of Education; and conducted over 200 workshops and presentations in classrooms, communities and national and international fora.

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

Obstacles to the Hague Appeal for Peace mission to see peace education integrated into formal and non-formal education worldwide include lack of political will, resource constraints i.e., teacher availability, set school curricula, understaffing, and under funding, and resistance of teacher education institutions to broaden the scope of education.

There is insufficient evaluated evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of peace education.

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

*Peace Education Teacher Trainings

*Peace Education Workshops in Schools, Universities, Communities,  Organizations, and at the United Nations including leading peace and disarmament education panels and workshops at DPI/ NGO annual conferences, UN Conference on Small Arms (2001) and Commission on the Status of Women

*Advocacy through Speeches

*Peace Education Information and Resource Dissemination

*Networking to Exchange Knowledge, Experience and Resources

*Partnership Building

*Active Mobilization to Increase Involvement in Networks i.e., IANSA, Working Group for Women, Peace and Security and in Raising Public Opinion Against the War in Iraq

*Collaboration with Community Groups i.e., Peace Boat USA and Global Kids



Figure 1 : School in Gramsh, Albania where the Hague Appeal for Peace (HAP) and UN Department for Disarmament Affairs (UN DDA)  project was implemented. First Row, L to R: Mayor of Gramsh, Elton Skendaj (Project Coordinator), Cora Weiss (President of HAP), Betty Burkes (Pedagogical Coordinator), Betty Evans (Project Coordinator in Peru).  Second row: School Teacher, Michael Cassandra (UN DDA), member of Gramsh community.  



Figure 2: Tirana, Albania. First Row, L to R: Marcos Smith, Olivia Martin, Michael Cassandra, Betty Evans, Thavory Huot, Kathleen Tordini, Elton Skendaj, Cora Weiss. Back Row, L to R: Frank Brodhead, Idi Cheffou.

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?

In order to confront violence in all its forms that plague society today and equip all members of society with the knowledge, skills and values necessary to do so, the Hague Appeal for Peace (HAP) urges the UN to strengthen collaboration with NGOs specializing in peace education to appeal to Ministries of Education for the integration of peace education into national curricula and as a requirement of teacher training (pre-service, in-service and continuing professional development).  HAP also urges that peace education be an integral part of all peace negotiations and accords to shift consciousness not to resort to violence and toward greater understanding and respect between and among people (see attached Peace Accord Annex, a guideline for making peace education an integral part of peace agreements).  Finally, HAP believes UN agencies i.e., UNESCO, UNICEF and UNDP that include education as a part of their mandate should broaden their programs to require peace education content and methodology.  Refer to the unique partnership between HAP and the UN DDA where an equal decision-making table was set and a number of success stories were created.

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

Hague Appeal for Peace was founded by the efforts of individuals and organizations and our work is always collaborative.

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)?

*Publication and distribution of Learning to Abolish War: Teaching toward a Culture of Peace, Peace Lessons from Around the World, Peace and Disarmament Education: Changing Mindsets in Niger, Albania, Peru and Cambodia and other peace education resources.

*Increasing advocacy for the integration of peace education into national systems of education.

*Increasing our relationship with Peace Boat USA.

*To expand peace education to demonstrate the relationship of health to education by partnering with Ministries of Health.

Postal address of organization

777 UN Plaza, Third Floor,
New York,
NY, 10017

E-mail address of organization

hap@haguepeace.org

Website address of organization

www.haguepeace.org

Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

Education for a culture of peace

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace


Highest priority country of action (or international)

International

Second priority country of action (or international)

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