|PSI in Sierra Leone
I recently spent three weeks in Mapaki, a small village in Sierra Leone which is now home to my sister and PSI volunteer, Carolyn van Gurp. One of the main purposes of this trip was to co-facilitate workshops on alternatives to corporal punishment for teachers, administrators and community leaders. Based on a blog entry by Carolyn, I think our workshops were successful. Read about it here:No more flogging
|A New Library for Mapaki
Mapaki has a new library! Thanks to the generosity of many individuals and organizations and the vision of the Paramount Chief, children and adults in this small, rural village in Sierra Leone can use the Internet, browse through a wonderful book collection and do homework in the evenings. Read about this amazing accomplishment. (written by Carolyn van Gurp)
|Keeping our Children Safe: the "Whole Village" Approach
PSI has received a grant from the Sheonoroil Foundation of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union to write a sequel to our first children's book, "Sam and the Goodwill Sandwich." This book will be entitled "Sam Takes a Stand" and will include strategies and responses that children can use when confronted by peer mistreatment. The project will also include a series of community presentations that will offer strategies for familes dealing with bullying.
Students at West Gate Elementary School in West Palm Beach, Florida, (a new member of PSI) are making a "Promise Book" in which each student will write a promise of how he or she will make their school a peaceful place to be. This sounds like a good idea for all schools.
|February Idea: The Valentine Peace Project
The Valentine Peace Project is an international initiative
aimed at re-imagining Valentine's Day (February 14th) as a worldwide
day for peace and harmony.
The Valentine Peace Project
|Kawaleh Peace Education Fund
I was in Sierra Leone, I was honoured by being crowned as a Chief
Nakama Kawaleh in the Paki Masabong Chiefdom. As our peace education
workshops have made such a positive impact on the teachers with whom we
worked, I have made a personal commitment to establish a fund to
continue this work and also support the library, student and teacher
scholarships and health education. Here is our annual budget.
If you wish to make a contribution, PSI will issue a tax receipt.