[Click here for the 2004 Agenda.]

FIRST ANNUAL ALBERTA CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION FOR PEACE AND THE FUTURE

OCTOBER 9 -13, 2003,                                    

MacEWAN STUDENT CENTRE, UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY, CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA

DETAILED AGENDA & CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

October 3, 2003                                                           Print and bring a copy of Agenda to Conference

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Prospective Conference Participants,
 
I am pleased to table an Agenda for our First Annual Alberta Conference on Education for Peace and the Future.  
 
I have tried to reflect the outcomes from our last National Peace Education conference (background material below), which was quite successful.
 
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 and futures education in Alberta, to help build a world fit for children, in the framework of the UN International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World.
 
It would also be appreciated if you would pass this message on to anyone who you feel might be interested (including peace educators from Saskatchewan and Manitoba).  Instructions for joining the AlbertaPeaceEducation email listserve (our communications tool for peace educators in Alberta) is posted at the bottom of this message.  If you would like to volunteer to take on anything, please let me know.  Tasks that come to mind include: sponsor/fund raising, home boarding, session recorders, assisting at the Trade Fair, advertising and promotion (regular media and education industry media), participant invitation, entertainment (Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening).  I look forward to your response.

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,

Bob Stewart
http://www.peace.ca
you can email me at stewartr [at] peace.ca 
 
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 DETAILED AGENDA & CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS (November 2, 2003):

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)
9:00 - Conference begins with Opening Remarks by Host Robert Stewart, Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace www.peace.ca 
9:10 - Keynote Speaker:
Gandhi's Message presented in Gandhi's Appearance !!  Shall Sinha, Ph.D.   A leading Scholar on Mahatma Gandhi & author of 4 books including Words of Wisdom from Mahatma Gandhi www.gandhikeynote.com .  'An Appearance and a Keynote by Mahatma Gandhi', called 'the Father of Non-violence' and also an extraordinary leader, human being and an EDUCATOR.  'A World Fit for Children: what it means and what can and should we do' was the foremost topic in Gandhi's mind all his life. (bio)
10:00 - 10:45 am - Keynote Speaker: Youth Voice on building 'A World Fit For Children' 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)
10:45 - 11:00 coffee break/Trade Fair (Lobby and Escalus Room)
11:00 - Noon -Town Hall #1 - How Peace Educators can help build 'A World Fit For Children'.  Co-Moderators: Marie Rebalbos, Reach Out Against Racism Youth Coordinator http://www.youthroar.org/index.html and Tom Murphy, ACUNU.  We will table the results of the Thursday workshop for group consideration. 
12:00 Noon - 1:00 pm Lunch/Trade Fair (Lobby and Escalus Room; note - buffet lunch is provided with the cost of registration)
 
Saturday, October 11, 2003 afternoon:
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm Keynote Speaker: 'Culture of Peace and Nonviolence For The Children of The World'  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 )
1:45 - 3:45 - Town Hall #2 - How education in Alberta might look in a 'Culture of Peace and Nonviolence For The Children of The World'. 
 Co-Moderators: Dr. Larry Fisk (professor in Peace Studies and past President of the Canadian Peace Research and Education Association) (bio) and 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 )  We will table the results of the Friday workshop for group consideration.  We will consider "Transforming Education for Peace - Working With The Formal Education System" (i.e. curricula, Ministries, Boards, Faculties, Unions, etc.)
3:45 - coffee break/Trade Fair (Lobby and Escalus Room)
4:00 - Keynote Speaker: Transformation of the Teacher.  Regina Lulka, teacher educator at Sheridan College Montessori Early Childhood Programme and at Toronto Montessori Teacher Training Institute, as well as a Montessori consultant.  Regina will talk about the need to 'deprogram' teachers (administrators, etc.)  from a Culture of Violence and 'reprogram' for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence. bio

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Saturday Evening Social Event planned (wine and cheese mixer) Location Escalus Room.  Entertainment: The She-Shells (courtesy of conference participant/high school student and band member Laura Jarvey, and her two wonderful band members)

Record of Day's Proceedings

 
Sunday, October 12, 2003 morning: (Location: MacEwan Student Centre, Cassio A/B Room)
8:30 am - 9:00 am Coffee/Trade Fair (Lobby and Escalus Room)
9:00 am - 9:45 Keynote Speaker: Peace Education as the Health Issue for the 21st Century: An Ounce of Prevention is worth a Ton of Cures by Dr. David Swann, Physicians for Global Survival, Co-founder Canadian Network for Democracy and International Law (Calgary) Bio, Copy of Presentation
9:45 am - 12:00 noon Town Hall #3 - Report on the Status, Progress and Future of Peace Education in Alberta.  Co-Moderators: Bob Stewart, C.A., C.M.C., Director, Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace http://www.peace.ca and Dr. Larry Fisk  (professor in Peace Studies and past President of the Canadian Peace Research and Education Association) (bio) .  As education is a provincial mandate, reports will be solicited from Alberta peace education organizations, Provincial Ministries and others that would like to respond, for group consideration. 
An inventory of Alberta Peace and Futures Education Programs will be compiled and updatedWhat is happening should be compared to a Culture of Peace 'ideal' (reference the National Conference Summary (below) and work in progress, and build upon it).  Participants should also come with knowledge of what is happening in their province and share that with the group. We will consider "Transforming Education for Peace - Working Outside and/or In Addition To The Formal Education System" (i.e. the informal education systems, the "unwritten" curricula, NGOs, media, others, etc.)
10:45 - 11:00 coffee break/Trade Fair (Lobby and Escalus Room)
12:00 Noon - 1:00 pm Lunch/Trade Fair (Lobby and Escalus Room; note - buffet lunch is provided with the cost of registration)
 
Sunday, October 12, 2003 afternoon:     
1:00 - 1:45 pm - Keynote Speaker: What is to be done?:
Futures Education and Peace Education, its need, and what Albertans should be considering in this respect by Ruben Nelson (bio)  
1:45 - 4:45 - Town Hall #4 - What Do We Want To Do Now To Advance Education for Peace and the Future in Alberta?
How Do We Bring About Change (Assuming It Is Called For)? (i.e. principles for an Alberta Vision and Action Plan for Education for Peace and the Future; working mindful of a national context).  Co-Moderators: TBA.  The results of this discussion will guide our collective actions over the next year and years.  For example, in preparation for Monday's Action Planning Workshop, among other things we will want to discuss training for peace educators, the possible start up of Distance Peace Education, and resources for peace education (informational, financial, human; Canadian Peace Education Foundation: For a World Fit For Children ). 
3:45 - coffee break/Trade Fair (Lobby and Escalus Room)
4:45 pm - Conference Wrap-up and Closing Remarks by Bob Stewart (Conference Coordinator http://www.peace.ca )

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 )

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REGISTRATION:

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

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BACKGROUND/ISSUES PAPERS

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.

 

1. 'A World Fit For Children' Background References

2.  "Modelling Education in a Culture of Peace" Background References

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

6. Report of the Calgary Board of Education

7. Report 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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CPIDISCUSSION EMAIL LISTSERVER SUBSCRIBE:

A CPIdiscussion email listserver has been set up to facilitate communications, networking and information dissemination with respect to peace education.  If anyone would like to participate in the Canadian Peace Institute/Initiative ("CPI") discussion and developments, then from the email account they wish to have on the listserve, send an empty letter to CPIdiscussion-subscribe@yahoogroups.com . Once sent, then Yahoo will send a welcome letter, and ask that you confirm that you wish to join the listserve.  The confirmation is simply to hit the reply button and send the welcome letter right back to Yahoo.  If you change your mind and decide not to join after all, then simply do  not reply, or you can send an empty letter to CPIdiscussion-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com .  For more information, visit the CPIdiscussion webpage at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CPIdiscussion  .  If you have any problems, contact the list moderator Bob Stewart at
stewartr [at] peace.ca .  You can also read past correspondence on the CPIdiscussion site, once registered.

Join us on CPIdiscussion email listserver for the next round of discussion on peace education in Canada.

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ALBERTAPEACEEDUCATION EMAIL LISTSERVER SUBSCRIBE:

An AlbertaPeaceEducation email listserver has been set up to facilitate communications, networking and information dissemination with respect to peace education in Alberta.  If anyone would like to participate in the Alberta Peace Initiative discussion and developments, then from the email account they wish to have on the listserve, send an empty letter to: 
 AlbertaPeaceEducation-subscribe@yahoogroups.com . Once sent, then Yahoo will send a welcome letter, and ask that you confirm that you wish to join the listserve.  The confirmation is simply to hit the reply button and send the welcome letter right back to Yahoo.  If you change your mind and decide not to join after all, then simply do  not reply, or you can send an empty letter to
AlbertaPeaceEducation-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com .  For more information, visit the AlbertaPeaceEducation webpage at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AlbertaPeaceEducation   .  If you have any problems, contact the list moderator Bob Stewart at
stewartr [at] peace.ca .  You can also read past correspondence on the AlbertaPeaceEducation site, once registered.

Join us on AlbertaPeaceEducation email listserver for the next round of discussion on peace education in Alberta.

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LANGUAGE CONSIDERATIONS:

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 at http://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 .