THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON PEACE EDUCATION IN CANADA
hosted by the PEACE STUDIES CENTRE, McMASTER UNIVERSITY, HAMILTON, ONTARIO, CANADA
NOVEMBER 9 - 11, 2002
We will achieve a statement of principles on key aspects of peace education
which will provide guidance towards a vision and action to improve peace
education. We will address peace education recommendations and issues
(1) the U.N. Culture of Peace Program,
(2) the Hague Appeal for Peace Global Peace Education Campaign,
(3) the Report of Canada on Education for Peace, Human Rights, Democracy, International Understanding and Tolerance, and
(4) other key issues identified by conference participants.
We also expect a mechanism to emerge to ensure that the recommendations from
this conference will be acted upon and not "gather dust".
Participants will benefit from networking opportunities, and the opportunity to
gather valuable information that will help in their day-to-day peace education
practice. [You can read the Outcome Documents
1. Create a forum for networking and idea sharing among stakeholders by
providing leading-edge sessions on a wide variety of peace education issues.
2. Address holistic peace education at the individual, family, community and world levels, as they are interrelated and can support each other.
3. Encourage collaboration of existing structure, and filling in gaps or needs where they exist. It is imagined that linking these organizations can
provide quite a lobby and collective for economies and efficiencies of all sorts.
4. Provide the venues for these multidisciplinary groups to facilitate communication, networking, trading information, etc.
5. Put peace education on the Canadian agenda, with the goal of getting it integrated into Canadian curricula of all schools (including higher
learning) before the end of this Decade.
6. Encourage many, many Peace Education leaders
Planning Committee Members have indicated the importance of structuring the
agenda and process to ensure the desired outcomes are achieved. We must
focus on some key issues in peace education in order to move peace education in
Canada forward (rather than trying to cover everything and achieving nothing).
Accordingly, the following format has been adopted:
The conference will focus on a short list of ideas and issues key to the future of peace education. (future conferences can then go into more detail by priority area) TheTOWN HALL format, with a two hour time period each, is the preferred method to achieve our goal of maximizing participant input. We will invite Background/discussion papers to be submitted on the key peace education issues in advance of the conference and they will be posted on the web site at http://www.peace.ca . We will also invite some discussion on these on CPIdiscussion email listserver prior to the conference to help further focus (see below).
TOWN HALL SESSIONS:
The format for the Town Hall Sessions were guided by:
- the need for focus on a short list of key attainable objectives and issues
- the desire to maximize dialogue, participation and enrichment for participants
- the environment which will be one of information gathering and brainstorming during the main two days of the conference, to provide the
statement of principles on key aspects of peace education which will provide guidance towards a vision and action to improve peace education (and Day 3 will be available to workshop these ideas to guide our activities for the next year)
- W5+: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How
- following the Conference, we can put together "Conference Proceedings" which will summarize the information gathered and make them available to participants by email, and post them on the website
The Town Halls will be two hours in length, followed by a 15 minute coffee/juice break and a 1 hour smaller dialogue/workshop:
Saturday, November 9 morning:
Town Hall #1 - Why the need for Peace Education (and this Conference): What is the Problem(s)? What are the Opportunities?
Key Peace Education Issues proposed to be covered in
Town Hall Sessions
- cross Canada/provincial roundup from the provincial Ministries of Education and Government of Canada on the status and future of peace
- cross Canada inventory of existing formal and informal peace education programs
- a history of peace education in Canada
- best case examples in peace education (eg. League of Peaceful Schools, Safe and Caring Schools Programs, etc.)
- peace education defined (what is peace education?)
- should we teach our children 'how to think' or 'what to think'?: the academic mode vs. the ideological mode and current criticisms of peace education (peace studies and military studies)
- the Interconnectedness of peace education (including peace education at the world level, community level, family level, individual level; before
conflict, during conflict, post conflict; etc. - "the web" or "conceptual map")
- the U.N. Culture of Peace Program recommends the transformation of institutions to promote a Culture of Peace: how does this apply to our
Educational Institutions and the Education System?
- the Hague Appeal for Peace Global Peace Education Campaign recommends the integration of peace education into all curricula: how does this apply in Canada?
- responses to the Report of Canada on Education for Peace, Human Rights, Democracy, International Understanding and Tolerance (reference
- resources for teachers of peace education (there could probably be more than one panel session on this, by major types of resources such as
curricula, books/ information resources, training for trainers, funding/financial resources, human resources, innovations, etc.)
- peace psychology
- leadership in peace education
- education in building peace at the world level
- education in building peace at the regional level
- education in building peace at the national level
- education in building peace at the community level
- education in building peace at the family level
- education in building peace at the individual level (including relationship building, managing conflict, etc.)
- education in building peace at K - 9 level
- education in building peace at high school
- education in building peace at post secondary level
- education in building peace in informal and other settings (including NGO delivery, adult learners, business setting, etc.)
- media and entertainment as positive and negative peace educators
- business' role in peace education; the effects of marketing and consumerism
- sports' role in peace education
- Praxis: helping learners put peace education to good use
- vision for peace education
- action necessary
Participants are invited to submit papers to Robert Stewart at stewartr [at] peace.ca in advance of the Conference addressing the issues raised in the Town Hall sessions above. Papers will be posted on the web site for participants' benefit.
We are in the process of inviting Key Peace Educators to join in our presentations. Watch here for further developments. However, this is not your typical conference where you only come and listen to keynote speakers. Everyone will be a presenter and you will be invited to share your experiences throughout the panel sessions.
As of September 9, 2002, confirmed Keynote Speakers include Cora Weiss, President of the Hague Appeal for Peace/Global Campaign for Peace Education http://www.haguepeace.org/ and the International Peace Bureau (bio) ; Hon. Douglas Roche, Senator of the Government of Canada http://sen.parl.gc.ca/droche/ ; Hon. Landon Pearson, Senator of the Government of Canada http://sen.parl.gc.ca/lpearson/ (bio) ; Prof. Gavriel Salomon, Co-Director of the Center for Research on Peace Education, University of Haifa, Israel (bio) (author of the paper The Nature of Peace Education: Not all Programs are Created Equal ); Meg Gardinier, Coordinator of the Hague Appeal for Peace Global Peace Education Campaign http://www.haguepeace.org ; Joan Engel, Team Leader of the Curriculum Branch, Alberta Learning http://www.learning.gov.ab.ca/safeschools/ (bio) .WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Typical participants that should be attracted to the Conference include:
peace educators of every stripe (eg. university, college, high school, K-9,
formal, informal, etc.) involved in peace education at the world level,
community level, family level and individual level; Canadian federal government
(there are several departments, such as DFAIT, CIDA, foreign diplomats, DND,
justice, corrections, health, social services); Canadian provincial and
municipal governments (teacher education, education systems development, CMEC,
police services, victims services, safe and caring communities, safe and caring
schools; responding to real community needs as identified by the community);
research institutions; agencies involved with the UN (including Canadian
Commission for UNESCO, UNAC, etc.); private research and education services;
businesses (e.g.. international businesses vis international affairs, employee relations, public relations, conflict resolution/ADR); non-government organizations (e.g.. CARE, Red Cross, religions, foreign NGOs; teaching leadership, fund-raising, etc.); individuals (e.g.. target hardening courses); and others who generally wish to build peace in our communities and world.
OPTIONAL PRE- AND POST-CONFERENCE ACTIVITIES:
Depending upon interest, we plan to hold the following Optional Workshops
(summaries to follow) prior to the Conference (November 7 - 8, 2002):
Thursday, November 7 - a full day workshop for Teachers of Peace Education: Resources for Peace Education, and the bridge between Safe and Caring Schools Programs and Peace Education, led by Dr. Vicki Mather (Alberta Teachers Association Safe & Caring Schools Program http://www.teachers.ab.ca/safe/index.html ; http://www.learning.gov.ab.ca/safeschools/ ) , and Dr. Larry Fisk (professor in Peace Studies and past President of the Canadian Peace Research and Education Association) (bio).
Thursday, November 7 evening - Workshop on Conceptual Mapping of the Peace, Conflict and Violence Problem/Solutions to assist the peace education process, and Leadership and Peace, led by Bob Stewart (Director of Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace http://www.peace.ca/macropeace.htm ; http://www.peace.ca/peaceleader.htm )
Friday, November 8 - Culture of Peace, Psychology for Peace Activists ( http://www.culture-of-peace.info/ppa/title-page.html
) and the Prentice Hall Textbook "Peace, Conflict, and Violence: Peace
Psychology for the 21st Century" ( http://www.peace.ca/peacepsychology.htm
)a full day workshop led by David Adams (past director of UNESCO Culture of
Peace Program and professor of Psychology http://www.culture-of-peace.info
) and Anne Goodman (professor in Peace Studies and Executive Member of the Voice
of Women http://www.peace.ca/cultureofpeaceevolution.htm
) Required Pre-reading includes the Voice of Women Culture of Peace
Workshop kit available online at http://www.peace.ca/vowworkshopkit.htm
; and Optional pre-reading is the book "Cultures of Peace: The hidden side of
history", by Elise Boulding, 2000,
Syracuse University Press.
Optional Post-conference Workshop (November 11, 2002):
It is anticipated that the conference will result in a call to action. If some people's travel plans permit them to stay a bit longer (and we urge you to stay if you can), we will workshop the ideas raised at the conference, including scoping out a potential "Peace Education Action Committee".
CLICK HERE FOR DETAILED AGENDA, CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS (OUTCOMES DOCUMENT) & BACKGROUND/ISSUES PAPERS
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/registration.htm
Join us on CPIdiscussion email listserver for the
next round of discussion on peace education in Canada.
We recognize how important it is to conduct a Conference 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 conference will be conducted in English. We regret leaving anyone out and will plan to correct this for the next conference, November 8 - 10, 2003. (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/firstannualconferenceonpeaceed.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 .