Dear Friends,

September often brings the feeling of new beginnings.  At the National Peace Academy we take a pause with this newsletter to celebrate the summer activities and highlight a few NPA Ripple Effects that we are especially inspired by.  

We are grateful to our sustaining supporters (our monthly recurring donors) who helped us build a base of financial stability this summer and are excited to continue this journey with you. 
with gratitude from all of us at NPA
Announcing an Historic High Level UN Forum
September 6:  Register Today!

Global Movement for the Culture of Peace (GMCOP), a coalition with 16 peace organizations throughout the world including the National Peace Academy, proudly announces the Second High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace convened by the 67th President of the General Assembly (PGA) Vuk Jeremic.  Click here for more information.  This historic forum will be on September 6th at the United Nations.

Global Alliance for Ministries and Infrastructures for Peace
Nesting Peace: Creating Infrastructures to Sustain Diversity

NPA has collaborated with other US peace organizations to send a team of representatives to this important summit.


Click here to read the program for this event which will bring together a diverse group of people from around the world to share their experiences with building cultures of peace and to learn from one another.  

Be watching for our updates from the summit!  


International Day of Peace
September 21st  

NPA encourages you to support the UN International Day of Peace, 
Sept. 21st. The 2013 theme of "Education for Peace" offers an outstanding opportunity to teach peace and the responsibilities of global citizenship at all grade levels during the week leading up to September 21st.  
Educators will find peace education resources on our homepage, on the UN's IDP page, the International Day of Peace website, and on Facebook at Education Peace Team / IDP NGO Committee. Classrooms are invited to watch the student observance of the International Day of Peace streaming live from the United Nations, starting at 9:00 a.m. New York time on Wednesday, September 18, 2013. This annual event for high school and college students will include a welcome from the Secretary-General, celebrity Messengers of Peace including Dr. Jane Goodall, and a live feed from the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti.  We are counting on you to join in a wide variety of International Day of Peace celebrations on September 21st - and be sure to include a 12 noon minute of silence that will circle the globe! 
International Institute on Peace Education
Towards a Possible World Free from Violence: Pedagogies, Proposals and Politics for Human Rights and Peace

The 40th offering of the International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE) took place in Puerto Rico July 7-14, 2013. This year's Institute was co-organized in partnership with the UNESCO Chair for Peace Education at the University of Puerto Rico and the National Peace Academy, USA (home of the IIPE secretariat). 


Founded in 1982, the IIPE has now been hosted in 16 different countries in its 31-year history.  Each gathering has brought together peace educators, practitioners and policy makers from around the world to explore issues of common concern and exchange strategies and best practices in educating for peace.  Read more about IIPE 2013 here.

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.
Sustainable Eleko Community

Last year, Toyin Oshaniwa, Executive Director for Nature Cares (a non-governmental organization), participated in one of NPA's certificate program courses:  An Introduction to Sustainable Communities.  Following his participation in the course, Oshaniwa conducted a study of the community of Eleko, along the coastline of Lagos in Nigeria.  As Oshaniwa notes in the conclusion of his first report, "the dawn of sustaining futures for all human communities and, in last instance, the community of all life depends upon humans being critically aware of social and ecological problems and challenges of the times."  
Find more information in Oshaniwa's report and a Nigerian news article. 

Peace Education Through American University




River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding 


Jeffrey Weisberg attended the Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive in 2010.  Last year we shared his success with creating the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding.  He recently shared an update of his story:

"We believe we are on the verge of a major breakthrough in Florida to have RJ endorsed and embraced within the schools, the juvenile justice system and the wider community.  We've facilitated cases that have captured attention and demonstrated its effectiveness and power. We have a pending three year grant to work with the Department of Juvenile Justice, the schools are seeking alternatives to suspension and even the police are looking at ways of utilizing this approach.   To further boost our confidence and excitement, our Restorative Justice 2 day training has a waiting list for our October "Community Peacebuilding Month" offering."  Read more here.  
Didn't get to show your support?  It's not too late!  Send your photos to kristin@nationalpeaceacademy.us

During our summer sustaining supporter campaign, we got VERY close to our goal of bringing in $2000 per month -- a number we believe will allow us to continue offering terrific programming without the constant worry of fundraising.  

Becoming a sustaining supporter (monthly donor) is one of the easiest and most supportive ways you can be involved in the NPA community.  Consider giving $5 per month -- it's not too late to reach our goal!  


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