Many things the average person can do to create a more peaceful world:
1. find out whether your country was a signatory/approved of the UNESCO
Culture of Peace Program and the United Nations International Year for a
Culture of Peace, and the Decade for a Culture of Peace for the Children of
the World. If they were in agreement, then you would expect the government
to be taking action in this regard. Find out what the government is doing,
if anything, and try to participate.
2. if there is not established a National Working Group for a Culture of
Peace, start one. You can learn about the Canadian Model (and the
activities of some other countries) at
3. co-ordinate, lead and attend information sessions in your community (if
none have been scheduled, ask your Town Council to put one on).
4. sign the Manifesto 2000 pledge (reference
). It is also
available in languages other than English. It should be signed by
individuals, organizations, companies, schools, governments, etc.
5. do something to build peace - anything, however small. Activate local
projects for the United Nations International Year for a Culture of Peace in
2000; if you are already doing some activities see if you can tie them in
with the International Year.
6. raise/activate resources (information, human, financial) towards peace
and non-violence. Need help? Consider service clubs such as Rotary;
foundations; other countries, etc.
7. participate in the debates and consensus building. For example, help
with a series of workshops or conferences and dialogues 'Discovering the
Society We Want' as it relates to peace and non-violence.
8. incite institutional transformations (your governments, your communities,
your companies, your schools, your organizations, your media, your homes).
For example, every community should have a Safe and Caring Schools and
Community Program. Every student should be receiving teaching in peace and
non-violence appropriate to their level. (peace education includes street
proofing, conflict resolution skills, abuse prevention programs,
anti-bullying and Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education programs, Lion's
Quest programs, etc.)
9. identify your own violent behaviour and work to change.
10. university students and volunteers going into public schools to teach
classes on building peace in our communities.
11. initiate National Centres for Teaching Peace. Start with a virtual
centre on the Internet as we have done at Canadian Centres for Teaching
Peace ( http://www.peace.ca ). Link all
universities, each one specializing
in some areas related to peace building. Later, link all public schools.
12. initiate an email list server to facilitate communications among people
and organizations interested in building peace in your area.
13. submit articles on peace and non-violence (and related issues) to the
New Peace Initiatives
For Your School:
1. Conflict Resolution Program
2. Peer Support Program
3. School Safety Audit
4. A non-violent movie day
5. Alternatives to Violence Educational Program
6. School Watch Program
7. Understanding Peace and Peacemaking
8. Learning Negotiation Skills Program
9. Advocacy program for adolescents
10. Letter writing campaign to stop media violence
11. Peace poster contest
12. Mentoring Program
13. Peaceful slogan contest Justice and peace
14. Create and perform a peaceful drama play
15. Turn Off the Violence Program that lasts all year
16. Any creative innovative idea your student body has!
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