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Organization: APCEIU (Asia Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding)
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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?

In many ways, APCEIU has achieved the progress toward a culture of peace. Especially having workshops, conference to promote a culture of peace and publishing reading materials for it.

more details are in ACTIONS

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

Lack of Fund

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

1. International Symposium for Promoting a Culture of Peace and Sustainability in Asia and the Pacific

The current ethnic, cultural, religious conflicts in Asian-Pacific region are significant components of conflicting areas worldwide. Thus, enhancing the culture of peace is a momentous assignment and directly connected to national and global security. Without implementation of peace in this area, sustainable development is out of reach.

APCEIU, through years of international symposiums and workshops on international human rights and sustainable development, has been improving interest in Education for International Understanding (EIU) and confirming networks with related institutions to settle the culture of peace. Now approaching the 5th anniversary of APCEIU and renewal of the agreement between the Korean government and UNESCO, new strategies are needed to promote EIU. Therefore, an international symposium is designed to examine challenges and tasks, discuss main issues and identify effective strategies to promote EIU.

Main Contents
·Discussion on the key issues and tasks of EIU in the Asia-Pacific region
·Sharing of best models for EIU in the region and identification of ways to strengthen cooperation among EIU partners
·Establishment of a strategy for a medium and long-term development of APCEIU

2. Dissemination of Information on EIU

APCEIU has promoted EIU in the region through its two periodical publications, SangSaeng, a quarterly EIU magazine in the English language, and Education for International Understanding (EIU), a journal in the Korean language.  The two publications introduce diverse efforts in EIU and serve as a forum for dialogue and exchange of ideas on key issues, methods and experiences of EIU among educators, teachers and students, and civil society leaders, in the Asia-Pacific and other regions.  By doing so, they have played a key role in providing key EIU stakeholders in the region with valuable information and resources on EIU, and contributed to a more systematic development of EIU in the Asia-Pacific region including Korea.

APCEIU will continue to promote networking among EIU/peace educators, for mutual strengthening of capacities and effects.


3. Development of EIU Resource Materials

Various forms of study materials need to be consistently developed and distributed in order to further promote EIU in the Asia-Pacific region. For the past 4 years, APCEIU has steadily met the demands for teaching and learning materials on EIU within Korea, but nevertheless lacked sufficient development of materials for the entire Asia-Pacific region.

Each country in the Asia-Pacific region has its own different reasons to emphasize EIU according to circumstances, and thus the contents and direction of EIU as well as the level of implementation also differ. APCEIU aims to develop and distribute regional teaching and learning materials on EIU that meet the realities and actual needs of the Asia-Pacific region, by extensively gathering the latest EIU-related data and researching EIU programmes currently being run in the region.

In addition, in order to promote EIU and appeal to educational institutions within Korea, APCEIU will develop and distribute various new types of materials that could not only be utilized at the discretion of the teachers but also be integrated into a range of existing school subjects.

Main Activities  
·Development of “EIU through Food” (Korean)
·Development of “Theories and Realities of EIU”(English)

4. Study of Religious-Cultural Conflict and Peace in Asia-Pacific Conflict Area

Based on the evaluation following several international symposiums that it is impossible to settle the dispute in the Asia-Pacific region without understanding the reasons and the process of conflicts, the APCEIU has conducted researches into the conflicts in the troubled for 2 years from August, 2002 and the findings were reported by January, 2005.

APCEIU will publish the findings of the study and do publicity work to help educators and activists who work in schools and civil societies to make a contribution to conflict studies in the Asia-Pacific area and the establishment of the culture of peace in the region.

Main Contents
- Research Areas: Kashmir, Indonesia, Philippine, Sri Lanka, East Timor
- Participants: 8 researchers of the Area Study Team
- Publication of findings of the research study on the conflict area
- Meetings for the publicity activities on-line data distribution of the research

5. Asia-Pacific workshop for Teacher training  

Education for International Understanding encompasses many areas and subjects such as human rights, peace, globalization, sustainable development, and intercultural understanding. Thus the subjects or ways of approaching EIU should be specific depending on local or national or sub-regional context of the Asia Pacific region or target groups. In addition, there is a growing need to build teachers’ capacity for Education for International Understanding, so that they can become experts or focal points in the local, national, sub-regional context and ultimately at the regional level.

As a key dimension of its mission, APCEIU has organized and conducted training workshops for teachers and teacher educators from countries in the Asia-Pacific region since 2001. The Teacher Training Course seeks to provide Asia-Pacific teachers, teacher educators and other tertiary level educators with a critical conceptual understanding as well as practical teaching-learning activities of EIU towards a culture of peace. For this purpose, APCEIU is organizing its 5th regional teacher-training workshop to develop a model of teacher training workshop that is applicable and could multiply in Asia Pacific region.

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?

Stronger partnership between international orgranizations and NGOs.

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

with major IGOs/ NGOs, academic institutions inthe field

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)?

1. Development of Model Peace Classroom

The Asia-Pacific region has great potentials to develop and enlarge Education for International Understanding. However, there are still many barriers to promote EIU in the current school environment or in the educational setting in this region. There is an urgent need to motivate and encourage teachers to practice EIU in their daily school life and to apply EIU in the classroom.

APCEIU has continuously endeavored to meet such demand through development of the curriculum and teaching modules.  In line with such continuing efforts to promote EIU, APCEIU is furthermore trying to develop a model peace classroom that will be applicable in the Asia-Pacific region, working closely with EIU experts from the Asia-Pacific region in all stages of the project from planning to curriculum development and to implementation of the model peace classroom.  

Main Activities
· Development of Model Peace Classroom  
· Training Workshop for Korean Teachers (Experimental Camp for Peace Class Demonstration)

2. Asia-Pacific workshop for Teacher training  

Education for International Understanding encompasses many areas and subjects such as human rights, peace, globalization, sustainable development, and intercultural understanding. Thus the subjects or ways of approaching EIU should be specific depending on local or national or sub-regional context of the Asia Pacific region or target groups. In addition, there is a growing need to build teachers’ capacity for Education for International Understanding, so that they can become experts or focal points in the local, national, sub-regional context and ultimately at the regional level.

As a key dimension of its mission, APCEIU has organized and conducted training workshops for teachers and teacher educators from countries in the Asia-Pacific region since 2001. The Teacher Training Course seeks to provide Asia-Pacific teachers, teacher educators and other tertiary level educators with a critical conceptual understanding as well as practical teaching-learning activities of EIU towards a culture of peace. For this purpose, APCEIU is organizing its 5th regional teacher-training workshop to develop a model of teacher training workshop that is applicable and could multiply in Asia Pacific region.  

3. Youth Forum for Fostering Peace Messengers

To foster the young generation to be EIU leaders in the Asia Pacific region, youth formation should be emphasized. Youth as future generation have great potentials to spread and to enlarge EIU in the Asia-Pacific region.  

Considering the characteristics and sensitivities of the youth, the program will be designed to provide the participants with opportunities for learning by doing and doing by learning in the field beyond the school class settings, emphasizing active and participatory educational methods. Integrating youth peace initiatives in the community in terms of issues such as human rights, sustainable development, peace, equity and so on, the youth can build their capacities to learn and understand EIU issues and to find solutions.  

4. EIU Fellowship Programme

To promote and implement education for international understanding toward a culture of peace in the Asia-Pacific region, APCEIU has carried out an annual Teacher Training Workshop on EIU in the Asia-Pacific region in cooperation with important EIU partners in the region such as UNESCO-APNIEVE and UNESCO Apia Office. In 2003 and 2004, APCEIU experimented with a more focused and comprehensive training programme.

The UNESCO-APCEIU EIU Fellowship Programme is in line with this continuing effort to bring schoolteachers, teacher educators and administrators from different countries of the region together for development of the contents and pedagogy of EIU toward a culture of peace, especially for development of educational or reading materials for children or youth.  The objectives of the programme are to provide the fellowship holders with opportunities to build their capacity as specialists in the themes, methods, and media for EIU and to enhance their networking at an institutional level so that they can play the role of focal point to promote EIU in their countries and in sub-regions.

Postal address of organization

50-14 Myong-dong 2-ga, Chung-gu, Seoul, Korea, 110-810

E-mail address of organization

info@unescoapceiu.org

Website address of organization

www.unescoapceiu.org

Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

Education

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace

Networking

Highest priority country of action (or international)

ASIA

Second priority country of action (or international)

the Pacific
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