Examples of Peace Education Activities Rotary clubs might support

The suggested objects are:  The advancement of education in the methods of achieving the peaceful resolution of conflict, within families, communities and throughout the world, by means of educational programs, research programs, educational television programs, schools, conferences and resource libraries, and other learning materials and venues.

The purpose of the initiative is to help significantly reduce the human costs of violence in our countries and abroad through education (i.e. what we are trying to achieve).

Activities, approved by the Board of Directors, will be carried on throughout our countries and world.  Intended beneficiaries include the general public, with a particular focus on children (but to be clear, all our activities are inclusive in nature).  As part of their education and training, peace students and educators may be required to travel to other countries.

Activities may be undertaken by schools, universities and existing educational institutions, or they may be undertaken by Rotary clubs directly.


Details of activities in peace education include:

-          formal training and instruction through establishing, operating and supporting classes, schools, colleges, universities, and other similar institutions

-          preparation for careers (Typical job opportunities include: federal government (there are several departments, such as foreign affairs, international development, foreign diplomats, national defense, justice, corrections, health, social services);  Foreign governments; provincial and municipal governments (teacher education, education systems development, police services, victims services, safe and caring cities, safe and caring schools; responding to real community needs as identified by the community); research institutions; the UN (including many UN agencies, UN Universities, University of Peace/Costa Rica); private research 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, enlightenment seekers); professional futurists; other)

-          improving human knowledge (e.g. the science of peace, peace psychology, etc.)

-          building peace education capacity through establishing, operating and supporting classes, schools, colleges, universities, and other similar institutions

-          organizing and providing formal and informal peace and future studies instruction

-          establishment of workshops, conferences and other venues for communicating, networking, information dissemination, development and instruction

-          development and dissemination of peace education curricula

-          establishment of forums of communication

-          establishment of self-study programs

-          establishing academic chairs and lectureships

-          establishing online learning communities

-          publish online learning materials and instructional modules

-          service-learning in peace education responding to real community needs as identified by the community, by utilizing reflection to combine service and training, through a collaborative process involving faculty, students, administrators, and staff and community partners

-          providing scholarships, bursaries, and prizes for scholastic achievements in peace and future studies

-          undertaking research in the field of peace, for educational purposes and available to the public

-          advancing peace science and related institutions, including maintaining related learned societies

-          providing and maintaining universally accessible peace museums

-          establishing and maintaining buildings for peace education use

-          establishing and maintaining peace resource libraries

-          full and fair presentation of peacekeeping, peacebuilding and peace education facts so that people can draw their own conclusions

-          violence literacy

-          preventing violence, abuse and cruelty

-          protecting the welfare of children and education for a World Fit For Children

-          relationship building

-          training in empowerment, leadership, governance, public accountability, social accountability, peace informatics, Alternate Dispute Resolution/Conflict Transformation, peace psychology, ethics, change management

-          establishing peace societies and similar institutions to build peace

-          establishing safety operations

-          providing peace amenities to benefit communities

-          providing counselling services for peace educators and peace practitioners

-          providing models of peace and futures education

-          development of instructional videos, audios, books, newsletters and other publications

-          development of marketing, advertising and promotional materials

-          promote the preservation of peaceful environments

-          establish and maintain a toll-free telephone line or lines to provide counselling services to the public on matters related to violence prevention, peace education and peace building, and to provide referrals, where appropriate, to appropriate professionals and peace workers

-          raising funds for the above activities, from individuals, corporations and businesses, other registered charities, sales of goods and services, government grants or contracts

-          provision of funding to Qualified Donees in the peace education fields, to carry out activities listed above

-          contracting with peace educators and organizations to carry out activities listed above

-     SONGS FOR PEACE© A Proposal and Call for Action to Create World Peace by 2050 Through Rotary International, by Dr. George Barkett, Member of the Rotary Club of Vero Beach , Florida