We are delighted to report that the National Peace Academy has now offered its initial programs, the International Institute on Peace Education in Colombia and the Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive in Ohio, USA, and both were very well received. Look for further reports on both programs in our September newsletter along with information about future programs, the Peace and War Summit at Case Western Reserve University, and more.
Following is a brief synopsis of the PPI, which you may also view and download on our website.
It is a joy to be on this journey with you.
The NPA Staff (Dot, Kristin, Mike, Paula, Tony)
2010 Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive:
Capacitating Community Peacebuilding
Sixty-five people from 22 U.S. states and eight from six countries in Africa, Asia, and South America returned home from the Wilmington College campus in Ohio after the National Peace Academy’s week-long 2010 Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive.
The Intensive is a learning program that supports citizens in creating opportunities to establish safe, healthy, sustainable communities in which people are able to live with dignity and free from violence.
Tony Jenkins, Education Director of the National Peace Academy, said: “Concerned citizens from all walks of life came to Wilmington, and returned home with concrete ideas and proposals for bringing sustainable change to their organizations and local communities. I see this commitment as evidence that peace, hope, and change are not just slogans but real, practical possibilities.”
One participant, David Hazen of Oregon, had this to say about his PPI experience:
“For me the PPI was an immersion experience in the generation of collective wisdom, a continual gentle insistence that no single individual had all of the truth but that all the input from each and every individual was indispensable for the evolution of a group choice of direction. This healthy model of right relationship is the basis of cooperation and peace. The safety and freedom of this experience allowed myself and most others to open and expose our innermost heartfelt longings in ways that were life-affirming, heart-expanding, unexpected, contagious, and literally mind-blowing. As a result, my feeling of empowerment and my capacity to empower others has been transformed.”
With the support and assistance of National Peace Academy edu-learner faculty, each participant worked throughout the week on the design and development of a strategic peacebuilding project plan to bring back to his or her community or organization. A small sampling of those projects follows:
Preventing child abuse by building bridges in the PPI participant’s community and identifying the groups who can speak to their neighbors and curb the child abuse that exists in a culture where most feel it best to just leave well enough alone.
Connecting youth and nature by working with Head Start and the rest of the PPI participant’s rural community to bring youth to her farm so they can become familiar with and gain an appreciation for nature, not be afraid of it, and begin to build community around it.
Working with youth offenders in Singapore to help them not only individually but also to reconnect them with their families in a way that it is not happening now due to the current culture.
Promoting nonviolent conflict resolution in Nigeria by bringing together civil society, government, and business in the southeastern, oil-rich region of the country to improve the lives of the people of that impoverished region and to institute corporate social responsibility practices.
National Peace Academy President Dot Maver said, “Based on the overwhelmingly affirmative response from Intensive participants, we at the National Peace Academy are eager to continue the creation of new programs to support the on-going development of the skills, capacities, and knowledge Americans are calling for to create positive change in their communities.”
National Peace Academy edu-learner faculty will follow up with participants to assist as needed with project implementation and impact evaluation.
A contribution to the NPA Elise Boulding Scholarship Fund will help make it possible for participants to attend the Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive in 2011 and other National Peace Academy programs. Just click here – and thank you.
National Peace Academy
The National Peace Academy supports, advances and nurtures cultures of peace by conducting research and facilitating learning toward the development of peace systems – local to global – and the development of the full spectrum of the peacebuilder – inner and outer, personal and professional. In all its operations, internal and external, the National Peace Academy strives to embody and reflect the principles and processes of peace.