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Postal address of organization/institution
9 Old Willimantic Road
Columbia, CT 06237-1219
E-mail address of organization/institution
Website address of organization/institution
Telephone of organization/institution
PRIORITIES: All of the organization's domains of culture of peace activity
EDUCATION FOR PEACE
UNDERSTANDING, TOLERANCE AND SOLIDARITY
TOP PRIORITY: The organization's most important culture of peace activity
EDUCATION FOR PEACE
PARTNERSHIPS AND NETWORKS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?
The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, 115,000 educators in 17 countries
Hochberg Holocaust and Human Rights Committee of Temple Bnai Israel, CT
Windham Area Interfaith Ministry, CT
The Advocates for Human Rights, MN
CTAUN, Committee Teaching About United Nations, NY
Charter Oak Cultural Center, CT
Blue Mountain Press, CO
Commission on Children, CT
The Carter Center, GA
Center for Development of Peace and Well-Being, Univ. of CA
Center for Educational Outreach and Innovation, Columbia Univ, NY
Center for Prevention of School Violence, NC
Center to Prevent Hand Gun Violence, DC
Center for Serenity, CT
Child Developmental Studies Center, CA
Children's Creative Response to Conflict, NY
Character Counts, CA
Citizens for Global Solutions, CT
School Mediation Assoc., MA
The Committee for Children, WA
Conflict Resolution and Global Independence, PA
The Peace Company, VT
Eco Justice Network, CT
Education for Peace, VT
Educators for Social Responsibility, MA
Environmental Defense, NY
Facing History and Ourselves, MA
Fellowship of Reconciliation, NY
Free Spirit Publications, MN
Global Education Motivators, PA
Global Kids, NY
Global Teaching and Learning, UN, NY
Growing Communities for Peace, MN
Hague Appeal for Peace, NY
The Lion/The Lamb Peace Center, OH
Human Rights Watch, NY
Human Kindness Foundation, NC
Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy, VA
Kids for Saving Earth, MN
Bullies to Buddies, Inc, NY
Learning to Give, MI
Peace and Conflict Studies, Halifax, NS
Museum of Tolerance, CA
New England Peace Studies Assoc., MA
National Environmental Education Found., DC
New England War Resistors League, CT
Peace Links, DC
Peace Education International, FL
Partnerships in Peace, GA
Peaceful Schools International, Nova Scotia
Pax Educare, CT
Save Our World, VT
Simon Wiesenthal Center, CA
Southern Poverty Law Center, AL
Taking It Global, Ontario, Canada
Teaching and Learning for Peace Foundation, South Australia
UNESCO Institute for Comparative Rights, CT
United Network of Young Peace Builders, The Netherlands
U.S. Institute of Peace, DC
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, MA
World Peace Prayer Society, NY
World Council of Churches, NY
Hundreds of individual schools, churches, universities, colleges and libraries in U.S. and 19 other countries.
ACTIONS: What activities have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the ten years of the Decade? If you already made a report in 2005, your information from 2005 will be included in the 2010 report.
Developed a resource for educators, A Teacher's Guide to a Peaceful Classroom, with sections on Celebrating Diversity, Solving Problems, Responsible School and World Citizens
Human Rights, and Protecting the Environment
The Guide has been distributed to over 300 teachers in the US, Germany, Denmark, England, Finland, Estonia and Australia.
Since 2005 workshops and presentations have been given in San Diego, CA; Brockton, MA;
London, England; Chicago, IL; Burlington, VT; Stockton, NJ; Geneva, Switzerland
focused on Nurturing Tomorrow's Peacemakers in Today's Mandated Classrooms.
Individual committee members have attended peace related conferences:
United Nations Educator Conferences at UN Headquarters, NY 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 at Rutgers University. Conferences are developed by CTAUN.
International Institute on Peace Education Conferences:
2006 Costa Rica Peace University; 2007 Basque region, Spain; 2009 Budapest, Hungary
2008 Conference on 60th Anniversary of Declaration of Human Rights, Paris, France sponsored by UN Department of Public Information
2009 Conference on Disarmament and Development, Mexico City sponsored by UN Department of Public Information
2008 Initiated a Peace Forum series of meetings with 4 universities in central CT to urge inclusion in their Education Departments of peace education curriculum for pre-service teaching students.
2009 Held an International Day of Peace Gathering in eastern CT
A committee member was a speaker at events for these organizations:
Peace and Justice Association
International Network for Museums of Peace
Institute for the Study of Genocide
PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the second half of the Decade?
Distribution of Newsletter has increased from 500 in 2000 to 1,000 in 2010.
Distribution of Newletter has increased from 14 countries in 2000 to 20 countries in 2010.
Networking has increased to include 85 peace activist international organizations and grass level groups.
Establishment of collaboration with universities in central CT.
Broadened our United Nations connections through our NGO status and liaison with UNICEF.
As was true in 2005, there is a strong culture of violence that permeates all aspects of children's lives at home, in schools, in communities and countries. Terrorism is very real as it is reported every minute of every day in world media. Individuals feel the stress of the possible threat to their personal security. Also the down-turned world economy has caused anger, loss of jobs and homes. All of these major problems have a deep effect on children.
OBSTACLES: Has your organization faced any obstacles to implementing the culture of peace and nonviolence? If so, what were they?
The news media and entertainment media present a very real obstacle to peace for both adults and children. There is a steady stream daily of films, television shows, video games and Internet promotion of blatant sexuality, lack of self esteem, violent behaviors, lack of regard for human rights and lack of respect for human life. Fighting, violence, guns, bullying, abuse and personal attacks are all glamorized as normal. The message to children is: this is how you must live or you will be overtaken by the bad guys!
Another serious obstacle for educators in the United States is the federally mandated NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT WITH ITS EMPHASIS ON TESTING READING, WRITING, MATH AND SCIENCE WHICH HAS EFFECTIVELY ELIMINATED TIME FOR TEACHING SOCIAL ISSUES, CULTURAL TOLERANCE, HUMAN RIGHTS AND PEACE EDUCATION.
Children are our best hope for a peaceful world and children learn what they are taught. We simple must include the tenets of peace.
PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization in the short, medium and long term to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence?
Continue publication of our Newsletter 3 times annualy.
Increase our subscriber list and include more schools and peace organizations.
Present workshops and programs that share our Teacher's Guide to a Peaceful Classroom.
Seek grant money to distribute our Guide far and wide.
Expand our networking with the United Nations.
Work to have peace education curriculum included in student teacher courses.
Present a Teachers Conference on peace education curriculum.
GLOBAL MOVEMENT: How do you think the culture of peace and nonviolence could be strengthened and supported at the world level??
Continue collaboration between and among youth organizations worldwide.
Include mandatory peace education curriculum in all schools, pre-school through college.
Expand model UN program.
Develop annual or bi-annual worldwide peace conferences for high school and college students with delegates sent from each country to promote intercultural mingling and understanding.
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