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Organization: International Day of Peace in South Africa
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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?

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

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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 Progress and Obstacles, see international report by Pathways to Peace which makes an annual report of Peace Day activities, from which the following is taken:

The Quaker Peace Centre, Cape Town: Trainers attended Peace events in the townships. All of the schools the Trainers work with held Peace events and sports event in the week leading up to the International Day of Peace. (2003) Edutrain/The Peace Train included learners as part of Peace Day programme, visiting Butterfly World in Klapsmut. En route, workshops offered by Quaker Peace Centre trainers "give the learners the opportunity to make commitments for a more peaceful world," as part of its programme for International Peace Day. Reports from St. James Primary School (grades 4-6) and St. Theresa’s Primary School (grades R-7) included the following comments: "Enjoyed learning about Peace and respecting people and care for other children." "At home will pick up papers and help my mother with the dishes" "Enjoyed learning about respect and peace and the games we played with the peace alphabet." "The lesson was about arms-- how we use them to do good by hugging and holding the ones we love-we use these same arms to hurt each other. The Learners also spoke about arms as weapons and the devastating effect it had on their neighborhood." (2004)

Umtapo Centre held an International Week of Peace, publicized and educated about the IDP and the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World. Activities were held at all Peace Afrika Youth Centres around the country, a workshop was put on to finalise the Umtapo-SADTU-Contralesa PARE & HIV/AIDS Programme, the National Conference on Globalised Racism and the Search for Peace and Justice took place, Umtapo and PARE held a participatory evaluation workshop by, and on the IDP itself the Mabedlane Peace park and Life Center was inaugurated in the Valley of a Thousand Hills, Kwazulu Natal. (2003) UMTAPO conducted a two-week training course for young community peacebuilders between 11th and 22nd September 2004. Youth belonging to various branches of the national Peace Afrika Youth Forum were selected to participate in this training that forms one module of a University of South Africa accredited Certificate in Peace Education. On the 23rd September, Umtapo hosted its annual Steve Biko International Peace Awards gala evening in Durban, South Africa. (2004)

Rainbow Bridge Centre held a meditation event took place to connect with all Peacebuilders and Peacemakers around the world, creating a network of Peace and Light around the planet. The energy of the meditation was focused into six areas: 1) the collective consciousness of humanity and the world to raise it above the dark thought forms and negativity that still abound in certain areas into a higher consciousness of understanding, compassion, creativity and integrity; 2) the governments of the nations of the world; 3) the mass media; 4) the educational systems; 5) all the countries of the world; 6) all the realms of life on earth. (2003) Thoughts for Peace were held by a group of 130 women on September 21 at the monthly meeting of "Women Today" held at the beautiful, light-filled community centre at King of King’s Baptist Centre. (2004)

World Peace Prayer Society (WPPS) In 2003, IDP was celebrated at Task Academy High School, where students participated in a Peace Prayer Ceremony and a Peace Pole was planted. In 2004, at Laudium High, near Pretoria, International Day of Peace was celebrated, with talks by WPPS representatives and various senior members of the community on peace issues. Emphasis was placed on the importance of changing the mindset of humanity from that of a culture of violence and retaliation to one of cooperation, mutual respect for all life and differences and balancing materials and spiritual values. It was pointed out that 10 years ago, South Africa chose the way of a Culture of peace when these principles were applied to formulate the new Constitution. Various cultural groups in the multicultural school were represented, and a Tamil Priest, Islamic Iman, and Catholic Bishop participated in the planting and blessing of the Peace Pole. In the evening, another Peace Pole was planted and dedicated in a private garden in Pretoria with 30 people in attendance. (2004)

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?

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

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)?

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