The Dorset Peace Pals win Peace Prize


The Dorset Peace Pals win Peace Prize

The Dorset School "Peace Pals" program was initiated in 1997 under the direction of Diana Jackson.

A quote from a student:
It is a privilege to be a Peace Pal because we get to help people and help contribute in making Dorset a peaceful and a nicer place to be. Our job is to patrol the schoolyard and make sure that everyone is having fun and to make sure that everyone is safe. If there is a problem we can help the kids solve it by being a neutral mediator at the peace table. The peace table is a place that kids go when they need help resolving their conflicts. We have a peace path that they follow by answering the questions that it asks. The path helps the Peace Pals get both sides of the story and makes it easier for the Peace Pals to make suggestions on a resolution. The kids end up solving their own conflict by using the peace path and with a little help from a Peace Pal. With Peace Pals, kids enjoy coming to school.

Being a Peace Pal is a big responsibility but in the end it is worthwhile because we get to make a difference and make Dorset a very peaceful school.

HOPE FOR THE FUTURE – FILM SCREENINGS

                                           

In 2005, a coalition of thirty-two high-school students took a life-changing journey to Serbia. Inspired by director Teresa MacInnes’s documentary Teaching Peace in a Time of War, help me with my assignment students from Nova Scotia and British Columbia formed Students for Teaching Peace and set out on a mission to spend their March Break doing something meaningful.

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PEACEFUL SCHOOLS WORKSHOP


The Journey to a Peaceful School – workshop

 April 27 and 28, 2006

Woodstock Centennial Elementary School, Woodstock, New Brunswick

Every school can become a place where people want to be. In this workshop we will look at some practical strategies to achieve this goal. The philosophical framework that forms the basis of this workshop is rooted in the belief that the only effective, long-term means to reduce discipline problems and improve the atmosphere of schools is to implement school-wide, proactive programs, policies and initiatives. Participants will receive a comprehensive handbook filled with practical ideas.

For information contact Mary Ellen Kilfillen:   kilfimae@nbed.nb.ca.kil

Workshop fee – $90.00 until April 18, 2006

                       $100.00 after April 18, 2006

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Students for Teaching Peace

Above is a trailer from a documentary film entitled "Hope for the Future" which chronicles the trip made by members of SFTP to Serbia in March of 2005.

Students for Teaching Peace” is a coalition of NS high school students who are keenly committed to being globally aware and socially engaged. These students became motivated to “do something” after watching the documentary film “Teaching Peace in a Time of War.” They participated in a youth-led conference in Serbia in March, 2005 and now wish to remain actively engaged in their own communities in promoting peace through education, awareness and social engagement. As youth become more socially engaged, the potential for involvement in crime decreases. In March of 2006, members of SFTP spent ten days in Northern Ireland together with ten students from Saint Mary’s University.

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Peace@School Conference and Workshop – Practical Tools and Strategies

Experts tackle school violence issues

By RICK CONRAD Education Reporter

Securing peace in our schools requires a bigger political commitment and more resources to battle bullying, subdue it and keep it at bay, a Halifax conference heard on Friday.

The one-day Peace@School symposium, organized by Peaceful Schools International’s Hetty van Gurp and filmmaker Teresa MacInnes, attracted about 160 educators to listen to experts on bullying, politicians bearing pledges of money and teachers and students who have lived through it.

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Experts tackle school violence issues

Experts tackle school violence issues

By RICK CONRAD Education Reporter

Securing peace in our schools requires a bigger political commitment and more resources to battle bullying, subdue it and keep it at bay, a Halifax conference heard on Friday.

The one-day Peace@School symposium, organized by Peaceful Schools International’s Hetty van Gurp and filmmaker Teresa MacInnes, attracted about 160 educators to listen to experts on bullying, politicians bearing pledges of money and teachers and students who have lived through it.

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Message from General John de Chastelain (ret’d)

PSI Team Visits Belfast, Northern Ireland

During the week of September 21 – 28, 2005 a PSI team visited Belfast, Northern Ireland at the invitation of Barnardo’s, a charitable organization working with children and their families in the community – giving them practical and emotional support to deal with disadvantage.

On September 26, 2005, the headlines of the Belfast Telegram read: “IRA disarms.” The article began,

History was being made today as the International Decommissioning body confirmed that the Provisional IRA has put its arsenal beyond use. General John de Chastelain and his two fellow commissioners were briefing the British and Irish governments this morning ahead of publicly announcing this afternoon that the IRA has disarmed.”

On this same day, at the invitation of Barnardo’s, Paula George, guidance counselor at Leary’s Brook Junior High in St. John’s Newfoundland and Labrador; Heather Harris, principal at Kingston School, Nova Scotia; Dr. John LeBlanc, researcher at Dalhousie University; Hetty van Gurp, founder of Peaceful Schools International and her husband, Ward Carson – the PSI team, was making presentations to teachers and principals from Belfast schools at Belfast Castle. General de Chastelain, a member of the International Advisory Board of PSI unfortunately could not be in attendance as he was otherwise engaged. His message is below.

It seems more than just a coincidence that all of this was happening at the same time. Besieged by decades of sectarian division and violence, it may be that Northern Ireland is at a critical juncture in its history and that the time has come when people on both sides of the divide, are ready for peace.

In addition to the presentations made on this day, we also had an opportunity to visit the three PSI member schools in Belfast: Edenbrooke Primary School, St. Gabriel’s College and Brownlow Integrated College in Craigavon. In each of these schools, it was evident to all of us that the principles and practices of PSI have contributed significantly to creating a positive ethos.

 

Head of the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning in Northern Ireland

PEACEFUL SCHOOLS SEMINAR 22 SEPTEMBER 2005
BELFAST – NOTES BY JOHN DE CHASTELAIN

I would start by saying how I much regret I am not here to deliver this brief message in person. Some months ago I promised Hetty I would do all I could to take part in this important Seminar, although I had to add the caveat that the role which brings me to Ireland might force me to withdraw at the last moment. Sadly for me that is now the case.

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Students around Palm Beach County observe International Day of Peace

By Lois K. Solomon
Education Writer Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel
Posted September 22 2005

Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin in Palm Beach County.

Students at public schools, private schools and Florida Atlantic University dreamed of a nonviolent planet on Wednesday during the International Day of Peace, imagining a world without bloodshed, and, on a smaller scale, schools without arguments, raised voices and fights.

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The “Students for Teaching Peace” Challenge

Students For Teaching Peace LogoPeace Education in our Schools: Make Your Future Brighter

 

Students for Teaching Peace is organizing a "Peace Education in our Schools: Make Your Future Brighter"; contest.

Attached are descriptions of both the elementary and secondary versions of the contest.

We think this initiative will make a good classroom lesson and we hope that you will send us some of your results. If you would like to contact Students for Teaching Peace, feel free to reach us through the following contacts.

Kelly-Lynn Russell, Students for Teaching Peace
kelly.russell@ns.sympatico.ca

Hetty van Gurp, Peaceful Schools International
hvangurp@peaceoperations.org