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SEPTEMBER 2012 

Dear NPA friends, family, supporters and students,

 

We are living in time of change, the magnitude of which is sometimes close to overwhelming. In the midst of it all, as we experience pressure in our own lives there is one constant. That constant is education. 

 

As you know, since the National Peace Academy was founded in the spirit of cooperation almost four years ago, we have said consistently that we are part of the emerging infrastructure - an institution that intentionally embodies and reflects the principles and processes of peace.

 

We are helping to lay the foundation for a secure future. Thank you for your shared responsibility in this historic endeavor. 

 

One of the exciting areas of NPA is our support of the design and implementation of community projects that help build safe, healthy community. As we approach the International Day of Peace 2012: Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future; as we call for a Push4Peace - Take The Pledge!; as we offer Peacebuilder Teleconference Dialogues; as we plan for our next Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive; as we offer courses through the NPA Certificate Program, we want you to know just how much your support, encouragement and participation means - heartfelt gratitude.

 

In time for the International Day of Peace, we will send out a link to a Peacebuilding Resource Guide in honor of the International Day of Peace and Push4Peace.org.  It is a good life and we are so happy to journey with you!

 

In loving cooperation and with great hope for our future,

 

all of us at the National Peace Academy

HIGHLIGHTS

AlumniAlumni Highlight:  Andy Reyes 

Andy Reyes attended the National Peace Academy's Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive 2011. Andy's work was recently highlighted by the American Red Cross. You can find the full article, 
Finding their Voice: Using English to Educate Future Humanitarians below as well as Andy's testimonial which shares more information about how his work as an ESL teacher fosters peacebuilding.
NPA NEWS  

Building the Nonviolent Community: A Global Dialogue 

Metta Roadmap On September 11 from 8:00-9:30pm ET, please join the National Peace Academy, the Metta Center for Nonviolence, September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, and individuals from around the globe for an inspiring evening of connection, conversation and relationship building as we engage with the paradigm shift "from aloneness to all-oneness" through the power of nonviolence. We will hear stories from participants of how the new paradigm thinking deepens the commitment to peace building, and work together to build strategy to take all of the various good projects in the "movement toward peace" to the next level.  Click here for more information and to register today.


Peace, Peacebuilding and Peacelearning: A Holistic Introduction

A 90-day Study Guide for Peacebuilders of all Ages  

The National Peace Academy is developing a free online curriculum to provide a holistic introduction to the theories and practices of peace, peacebuilding and peacelearning to learners of all ages.  This holistic curriculum is built upon the National Peace Academy's "Conceptual Framework for Peace Education & Peacebuilding Programs" that explores five interrelated and interdependent spheres of peace and right relationships: the personal, social, political, institutional and ecological.  The curriculum provide sexercises and resources appropriate for primary (elementary) and secondary (youth - adolescents) classrooms.   The adult curriculum is developed as an introductory self-study guide.  This curriculum is designed to support the 90-day Global Media Campaign coordinated by Push4Peace and will be officially launched on the National Peace Academy website on the International Day of Peace, September 21, 2012.  

 

Save the Date:  Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive
PPI blockWe are excited to announce that the Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive 2013 will be held at Wilmington College in Ohio.  Hold the dates of June 16-22 for this one-week learning program for people who wish to create significant, meaningful and sustainable change in their communities.  NPA is thrilled to partner with Wilmington College, a college that weaves Quaker values into the educational approach, allowing students to "gain an awareness of the world...and to seek truth and social justice."  More info will be available here soon.
 

Celebrate the International Day of Peace

roerich-veronique inviteJoin NPA for a special celebration of the International Day of Peace at the Nicholas Roerich Museum in New York City.  This celebration also marks the opening of the new exhibit "El Pulso de lo Invisible" by artist and NPA supporter Veronique San Leandro.   The artist has generously agreed to donate 25% of all sales during the exhibit to the National Peace Academy.  Don't miss this marvelous opportunity to celebrate the International Day of Peace and to hear from Dot Maver, Veronique San Leandro and special guest Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the United Nations. Click here for more information and to rsvp.   


IIPE 2012 in Japan: a Success!   
IIPE 2012The 2012 International Institute on Peace Education was held at the National Women's Education Center in Japan from August 11-19, 2012.  Celebrating it's 30th year, the 2012 IIPE explored the theme of "Educating for Human Security & Survival: Emergencies in Ecology, Energy, Economy." The theme was chosen in response to Japan's recent coping with the environmental disasters of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and the consequent nuclear meltdown resulting in ecological health crises and economic emergencies.  35 educators from 12 countries shared and exchanged educational approaches and strategies for responding to such emergencies.  A report of the 2012 IIPE will be made available soon.  The NPA is the fiscal sponsor and coordinator of the IIPE.
 
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Global Campaign for Peace Education
The Global Campaign for Peace Education (GCPE) is coordinated by the National Peace Academy. The Campaign helps to facilitate the exchange of ideas, strategies and best practices through a monthly email-based newsletter that features articles and news as to how and where the GCPE network is active and growing.  We encourage you to read the most recent newsletter.
UPCOMING PROGRAMS & EVENTS   
SEPTEMBER

Sept 11. Building the Nonviolent Community: A National Dialogue, teleconference dialogue, Free. 

Sept 14. United Nations High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace; implementation of the 1999 Programme of Action for a Culture of Peace

Sept 15 - Oct 15. Communicating Peace: Writing for the Media, National Peace Academy, Online Course, $100      
Sept 21. International Day of Peace 2012: Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future; kick off Push4Peace - a ninety day call: Take Action for Peace! National Peace Academy offers a Peace Education curriculum


OCTOBER

Oct 6-7.  BePeace Course: Part I, Shelburne, VT
Oct 10.
 National Unity Day: Unite Against Bullying - Empowering Youth - Building Safe Community, PACER National Bullying Prevention Center; River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding,  Gainesville, Florida, Free  

Oct 11/12 - Nov 8/9.  Monetary Justice, Earth and Peace Education International (EPE) Online Course, $10/$25

Oct 13-14. Bridging Political Divides with Collaborative Communication, Center for Collaborative Communication, $100-$500

Oct 27. Transforming Power: An Intro to AVP, National Peace Academy in partnership with The Graduate Institute, Bethany, CT, $50  


NOVEMBER

Nov 10-11. Be Peace Course: Part II, Shelburne, VT

Nov 17.  Building Resilience in a Time of Transition: Imaging a Fossil Free Future, Bethany, CT, $50.

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