THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON PEACE EDUCATION IN CANADA

hosted by the PEACE STUDIES CENTRE, McMASTER UNIVERSITY, HAMILTON, ONTARIO, CANADA

NOVEMBER 9 - 11, 2002 

EXPECTED OUTCOMES:

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 identified by 
(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 at http://www.peace.ca/detailedagenda.htm ]


CONFERENCE GOALS & OBJECTIVES:

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

CONFERENCE FORMAT:

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
TRADE FAIR will be the means for folks to get a handle on what is happening in peace education (programs, curricula, materials, etc.)  If you have a unique message that you would like to convey to participants, please consider having a booth at the Trade Fair (see registration form).

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)  The TOWN 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?

-
an environmental scan: consider today and current trends vs. the desired future (and worst case scenarios if nothing is done, etc.)
- consider current strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
- consider recommendations of the U.N. Culture of Peace Program, the Hague Appeal for Peace Global Peace Education Campaign, the Report of C
anada on Education for Peace, Human Rights, Democracy, International Understanding and Tolerance
- consider a history of peace education in Canada
- consider concerns raised by participants

Saturday, November 9 afternoon:
Town Hall #2 - What is Peace Education?

- consider the following perspectives: Ministries of Education, Governments, Peace Studies Programs, Defence/Military Studies Programs, NGO's, teachers, students/co-learners, the general public, etc.
- consider latest advances (at home and abroad) in peace education, best practices; current inventory of peace education programs in Canada vs. what peace education should be available in Canada; peace psychology; competitive vs. cooperative education; service learning
- consider 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)
- consider Praxis: helping learners put peace education to good use
- consider resources available for teachers

Sunday, November 10 morning:
Town Hall #3 - Who is a Peace Educator?

- consider profile of a peace educator, profile of a peace learner; academics and non-academics; parents as peace educators; include all citizens as potential peace
educators; take a look at ourselves
- consider Peace Education Leadership in Canada

Sunday, November 10 afternoon:
Town Hall #4 - How do we bring about change (assuming it is called for)?

- consider what changes are necessary; solutions to problems identified; resource needs and sources; change management; change agents
- considerations at the following levels of peacekeeping and peacebuilding: individual and family levels, community level, national level, regional
level, world level
- consider mainstreaming; effects of the media as agents of violence and peace

Monday, November 11 (optional workshop):
Workshop - Developing the Action Plan: Where and When?

Monday will be available for those who wish to stay on to workshop the output from the above Town Halls and consider "Where" efforts
would be best placed in the short, medium and longer terms (for example, within the formal education system and outside the formal education system), and "When" with respect to an Action Plan (for example, what we may realistically attain within the next 12 months leading up to the next Annual Peace Education Conference).

 Key Peace Education Issues  proposed to be covered in Town Hall Sessions include:

- cross Canada/provincial roundup from the provincial Ministries of Education and Government of Canada on the status and future of peace
education
- 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
http://www.peace.ca/education_for_peace.htm )
- 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.

GUEST PRESENTERS:

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 

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/registration.htm 


CPIDISCUSSION EMAIL LISTSERVER SUBSCRIBE:

A CPIdiscussion email listserver has been set up to facilitate communications with respect to peace education.  Plans for the First Annual Conference on Peace Education will be discussed continuously on the listserve.  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.

LANGUAGE CONSIDERATIONS:

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 .