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Organization: ASSOCIAZIONE ICPC ITALIA, International Children's Peace Council
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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?

1) PROGRESS

For a profound Culture of Peace and Non Violence the International Children’s Peace Council, section Italy “Association ICPC ITALIA” considers very important:

a)
the International Conference on “SOUL EDUCATION”  held in Findhorn, Scottland in October 2000 with all the meetings that followed including the last one in Budapest, Hungary, October 2004 <trianglesineducation@virgin.net>.

b)
the constitution  of the “YOUNG GENERAL ASSEMBLY” <http://young-GA.org> . The 1st YGA was held in 2000 in Pomona, USA <peaceways@igc.org> secretariat.
N.B. In 2004 ICPC ITALIA sent two Italian delegates to the 4th YGA in Romania.

c)
at local level increasing interest in education for sustainable development  and the spreading of Fair Trade shops. UNICEF Italy has increased  peace oriented projects  adressing local school children.

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

2) OBSTACLES  (situation in Italy)

a)
teachers: teaching is getting more and more difficult; lack of time as teachers are fully engaged in official school programme, amministration formalities, psicological difficulties of the children  etc.
Almost no dialogue with the childrens and students in the classrooms.

b)
youth: very little interest towards learning being absorbed in mass media influence.

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

3) ACTIONS

a)
During 2003 the ICPC’s first book has been created in cooperation between adults and youth.
Title: WHO AM I? Vademecum to help teenagers and young people to build a new future
239 pages, left side Italian, right side English; 365 questions to be answered in self-analysis.
Published in December 2003. For the introduction and first chapters visit <icpc.it/2book.htm>
ICPC ITALIA on request can send the whole English version  (Acrobat Reader) as an e-mail attachment.

Over 200 books have been sent to the ICPC Italy’s contacts worldwide. The translation into Russian is already available, by merit of a Russian teacher, on <www.rawe.ru>.

N.B. One copy is in the hands of the Director of the Teacher Section UNESCO, Ms. Ibtissam Al-Bassam
ED/AO <i.al-bassam@unseco.org>

b)
ICPC Italy’s Self-peace-education Project “Eight Steps towards Peace” (ESP), inspired by Robert Muller’s Core Curriculum (title of the book: “New Genesis”, Doubleday, March 1984) was launched in 1990.
Since 2000 this project is spreading more and more. It has been applied in many classes in Kindergarten, primary and secondary schools, in different regions of Italy (mainly in Northern Italy but also Rome, Ligury). It has always produced greater harmony in the classroom.Teachers are invited to go through the whole process by themselves before they bring it to the children.

Through Internet many adults in Italy and other countries went through the eight steps process and appreciated its effects. Here is one example of the eight steps:


I HAVE THE POWER TO TRY TO DO ALWAYS MY BEST

TO CREATE PEACE INSIDE ME AND AROUND ME
IMPROVING  EVERY RELATION IN MY DAILY ACTIVITY FIELD

GUIDELINE N° 4


I ask myself: “Have I looked sincerely at my attitudes towards all human beings? Has my new awareness of us being all “souls” and “citizens of the Planet” helped me to open up towards the “others” and therefore send thoughts of understanding and will for good to everybody? In which situations have I succeeded and where can I still improve?” ICPC shall be happy to receive whatever you like to share with the companions on this journey.

Now the circle gets smaller: I take a look at the qualities of my relations with all the individuals I get into daily contact with through my work, studies or service (excluding family members):

**     What characteristics of my personality and what specific talents positively influence life and activities where I work?

**     Which are my defaults in my relationships with others and how deeply am I ready to transform them?
         Do I succeed in:
                         -  accepting the other’s defaults without judging, trying to understand;
                         -  treating them as I would like to be treated;
                         -  listening patiently to others, paying real attention to them;
                         -  being open to others’ ideas although stating firmly my convictions;
                         -  co-operating with all the others, in a group, respecting everybody’s creativity.

**     What values, qualities, capacities do I recognise in others ?

**     What particular relation do I want to improve during this month?
                          -  each day, in a quiet moment, I shall visualize this person seated in front of me;
                          -  I shall visualize the steps I want to undertake to improve this relation;
                          -  Next I shall try to put it into action;
                          -  I shall be patient towards myself but I’ll continue until I succeed;
                          -  In doing so I’ll set a good example for all those  who work and live with me
Every day I commit myself to listen carefully to all signs life offers me in order to make my relations at work more creative and co-operative. I will therefore support, through my thoughts, words and actions, the creation of a world of Peace.
* * * * * * *

Visit: <www.solidea.org/ospiti/icpc/autoeducaz_e.htm>


For more information we also transmit the report of a teacher:

PEACE EDUCATION PROJECT
The ICPC projects, materials and ideas are deeply appreciated and used at the school “Figlie del Sacro Cuore” in Bergamo, in the North of Italy. This school includes a nursery, primary and secondary school (ages 3-14) and has a specific “Peace Education Project” covering all classes both in primary and in secondary school.
The ICPC Self-Peace-Education project “Eight Steps towards Peace” (ESP) is actually the basis/skeleton for all primary school classes peace education project.
In fact the topics included in ESP have been divided as follows:
- Grade 1 – discovering ourselves (our body, our mind, our emotions);
- Grade 2 – relating ourselves to others close to us (our family, our classmates);
- Grade 3 – human rights;
- Grades 4-5 – relating to others far from us (all human beings, our planet, the universe).
The various topics are dealt with by all of the teachers working in each team as a cross-curricular activity throughout the five years of primary school. The focus is always that of starting to find peace and understanding of reality within ourselves in order to improve the outside world.
The complete ESP has also been used in some classes during the same school year (all 8 petals in eight months) in so considered “difficult classes” and in an optional workshop in grade 2.
The sentence at the centre of the Symbol: “I have the power to do my best to create a world of Peace inside and around me” is also used by some teachers as a “magic formula”, repeated three times at the beginning of each lesson, especially with young children in grades 2-3.
Most of the teachers also adopt other suggestions by ICPC: first of all that of having one minute of silence at the beginning of each lesson (both in primary and in secondary school)
Two teachers in the school whom regularly practice meditation also work on a soul-contact with students (with “difficult students” in particular), with parents and colleagues.
Finally, the ICPC Promise “As a child of the Universe I promise ….” has been used both in the form of the original promise for the first day of the new year (together with the candle) and also in the form of a blessing as a school gift for children’s First Communion.

April 2005  Fiona Mancuso  English teacher at primary and secondary  school classes.

c)
Since many years, on invitation of Robert Muller, ICPC Italy is celebrating UN’s International Day of Peace in various ways, in ICPC’s core group, in schoolclasses etc. and even in public performances of schoolchildren. Over the last years ICPC ITALIA has sent report to

“We the Peoples Initiative” <http://wethepeoples.org>  <http://www.pathwaystopeace.org>.






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?

6) ADVICE

   Concentration on us all becoming and being responsible CITIZENS OF PLANET  EARTH

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

7) PARTNERSHIPS AND NETWORKS

   Pathways to Peace  (see 3) c)
   Pax Cultura  (actual president in charge of our association is a founding member of Pax Cultura)
   Peace Child International  U.K.
   PeaceWays - Young General Assembly  (see 1) b)
   Triangles in Education  (see 1) a)

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)?

9) PLANS

   Work on the concept of WORLD CITIZENS
   
   a)
   ICPC ITALIA is planning to organize the 7th YGA in 2006 in Northern Italy. ICPC Italy is the
   only YGA’s  associated member of Western Europe so far.
   The main work will be on YGA’s

PROJECT NUMBER 6 (year 2000).

   Extract:
   Project Rationale: By reading what students have to say about education, the United Nations,
   decision-making educators, and policy makers will get ideas about how to improve education so
   students con learn more effectively and be better prepared for present day life.

   Project Goal: Make the views of children about what works and what does’nt work in education
   available to educational policy makers all over the world.

   Solution: Create a book by having a global essay contest and send it to ministers of education and
   other appropriate individuals anywhere in the world.

   b)
   ICPC’s book “Who am I?”: examine possibilities to reach as many young people as possible;
   hopefully find who offers free service for translation of the book (see 3) a) into French,
   Mandarine/Cinese and Portughese to have the official five UN languages covered;
   examine possibility of co-coperation with UNESCO for this purpose.


   c)
   Introduce the Robert Muller’s School System:

   -  in Italy, through ICPC,  linking ESP with Robert Muller’s School System;

   -  through the YGA delegates being present in the 7th YGA in 2006 in Italy. They will bring this
      system to their countries to find their ways to make it known and have it applied as much as
      possible.



International Children’s Peace Council  
ASSOCIATION ICPC ITALIA

April 2005

Postal address of organization

ICPC c/o B.Beretta
Via Boeri 11,
20141 Milan

E-mail address of organization

icpcitalia@hotmail.com

Website address of organization

www.icpc.it

Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

Education for a Culture of Peace

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace

Understanding, tolerance, solidarity

Highest priority country of action (or international)

5) GEOGRAPHICAL PRIORITY

   Different parts of Italy, mainly Northern Italy
   Many international contacts

Second priority country of action (or international)

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