FIRST ANNUAL ALBERTA CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION FOR PEACE AND THE FUTURE
OCTOBER 9 -13, 2003,
MacEWAN STUDENT CENTRE, UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY, CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA
October 3, 2003 Print and bring a copy of Agenda to ConferenceCLICK HERE FOR POSTER
Finally, I am very pleased to announce that all Registrants at our Conference will get a copy of the highly recommended book "Peace, Conflict, and Violence: Peace Psychology for the 21st Century" ( http://www.peace.ca/peacepsychology.htm ) as part of the Registration Package. This is a $63.95 value, and 'must reading' for all peace educators.Regards, and hope to see you in October,
CONFERENCE SUMMARY (Draft November 3, 2003) click here - this is the important page: it has our proposed Vision and Action Plan for Education for Peace and the Future in Alberta that came out of the Conference.
Final Participants list (click here)
Thursday, October 9, 2003 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
[Location: MacEwan Student Centre, Escalus Room] - "The
elders look back toward the young and help them find a future that the elders do
not see." - Parker Palmer
In recognition of the importance of children/youth centered education and Senator Landon Pearson's challenge last year, we will have a full day workshop dedicated to "A World Fit For Children": what it means, and what we can and should do, from an Education perspective. See background information below for suggestions. We will encourage the particular participation of children and youth for this day because we would like any strategy to be driven by them. The workshop will be "ignited" with an audio/visual presentation by Tom Murphy, American Council for The United Nations University on The Millennium Project and 'The Fifteen Global Challenges' (go to http://www.acunu.org/ for the Millennium project generally, and http://www.acunu.org/millennium/chal-prot.html#15%20Global specifically for the 15 Global Challenges). At the end of the workshop, we would like to have an Action Plan for a Canadian/Alberta program to build "A World Fit For Children". Workshop Leaders: Marie Rebalbos, Reach Out Against Racism Youth Coordinator http://www.youthroar.org/index.html and Tom Murphy, ACUNU. Youth participants include delegations from Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School, St. Francis High School, Calgary Waldorf School. Record of Day's Proceedings
Friday, October 10, 2003 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm [Location: MacEwan Student Centre, Escalus Room] - "Modelling Education in a Culture of Peace". A full day workshop to look at best case examples of classrooms (K-12 and University) that we want to attain. See background information below for suggestions. We will invite presenters from Montessori schools (Regina Lulka, teacher educator at Sheridan College Montessori Early Childhood Programme bio); Rudolph Steiner/Waldorf schools (Debora Lloyd, Calgary Waldorf School); International Baccalaureate programs (Paul Monaghan, Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School); University Independent Studies Program (Brandon Gallant, U.Waterloo); etc. to provide examples of how they are breaking barriers to peace education. At the end of the workshop, we would like to have a clear picture of what education in Alberta should look like in a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence For The Children of The World. Workshop Leaders David Adams (past director of UNESCO/UN International Year for the Culture of Peace and professor of Psychology (bio) http://www.culture-of-peace.info ); and Dr. Larry Fisk (professor in Peace Studies and past President of the Canadian Peace Research and Education Association) (bio). Record of Day's Proceedings
Friday evening Social Event being planned for those who are in Calgary area - informal get together at a local Restaurant, near Conference venue for dinner (pay as you go). Target time to get together: 6:15 to 6:30 pm (so we are not out too late:-)
Saturday, October 11, 2003 morning: (Location: MacEwan Student Centre, Cassio A/B Room)8:00 am - 9:00 am Registration and coffee/Trade Fair opens (Lobby and Escalus Room)
Record of Day's Proceedings
Record of Day's Proceedings
Monday, October 13, 2003 (optional, no cost workshop
for those who can stay on):
9:00 am - 5:00 pm Workshop [Location: MacEwan Student Centre, Escalus Room] - "Advancing the Alberta Education Action Plan for Peace and the Future: Who, What, Where, When and How?" Facilitated by Bob Stewart, C.A., C.M.C., Director, Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace http://www.peace.ca . Possible Workshop Considerations: Results of, Input from and the Future of Alberta Peace and Futures Education Conferences and Activities; Raising funds for Peace and Futures Education; Training for Peace and Futures Educators; Distance Peace and Futures Education. We will pick up from the Canadian Vision and Action Plan initiated at the 2002 Conference ( http://www.peace.ca/conference2002summary.htm ) , and by the end of the Workshop we will tailor and enhance it for an Alberta perspective, from all that we have learned in the past year, and the past four day Conference. Output from this Conference will be reported at the Second Annual Peace Education Conference in Canada November 20 - 24, 2003 at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario (see http://www.peace.ca/CanadianAgenda2003.htm )
Facilities are limited to 350 participants, so please book early. Since space at the Conference is limited, registration must be on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, follow the link to http://www.peace.ca/registrationAlberta.htm
Participants at the Conference are invited to submit articles and papers addressing our Proposed Conference Theme - "A World Fit For Children": the desired outcome is a statement of principles on key aspects of peace education which will provide guidance towards a vision and action to improve peace education in Alberta, to help build a world fit for children, and/or Town Hall themes. It is recommended that you read these articles prior to the Conference.
3. "Advancing the Peace Education Action Plan: Who, What, Where, When and How?" Background References The Executive Summary Vision and Action Plan from our 2002 Conference.
4. The Millennium Project and 'The Fifteen Global Challenges' (go to http://www.acunu.org/ for the Millennium project generally, and http://www.acunu.org/millennium/chal-prot.html#15%20Global specifically for the 15 Global Challenges)
5. Alberta's Commission on Learning: Final Report was released October 7, 2003. You can read or print the highlights (contains the 95 recommendations) or full report at http://www.learning.gov.ab.ca/Commission/printable.asp
of Alberta Learning
8. WHAT I LEARNED AT THE THANKSGIVING CONFERENCE by Larry J. Fisk (referring to the First Annual Alberta Conference on Education for Peace and the Future at the University of Calgary October 9 - 13, 2003) - 5 Star Must Reading describing the conference successes from Larry's perspective - Thanks to Larry for this
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We recognize how important it is to conduct peace education discussion like this in both of Canada's Official Languages. Unfortunately, unless we are successful in acquiring funding for interpretation and translation between French and English languages, this discussion will be conducted in English for the most part. We regret leaving anyone out and will plan to correct this . (We would love to hear from anyone who would like to sponsor this initiative.)
For more information, you may visit our website athttp://www.peace.ca/AlbertaAgenda2003.htm . You may contact the conference coordinator Robert (Bob) Stewart by e-mail at stewartr [at] peace.ca or visit the Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace website at http://www.peace.ca .