Our youth and young adults in the Americas are calling out for recognition and protection of their human rights. In Mexico, forty-three students were recently kidnapped and murdered. In the United States, youth are protesting the disproportional arrests and killings of African-Americans by police. Recently, Canada singled itself out as the only country to raise objections over a landmark United Nations document re-establishing the protection of the rights of indigenous people. If we want peace in the Americas, we must teach peace.
During the Celebration of Peace in February 2015, the Education Peace Team of the International Day of Peace NGO Committee at the United Nations collaborated with the Zihuatanejo Peace Committee and Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan to host an international youth conference for peace and a teacher’s conference for peace.
Hosts of the conference were (left to right) Anahi Toledo of the Zihuatanejo Peace Committee; Dr. Talia Weltman-Cisneros from Wayne State University; Professor Patricia Ann Talley, Executive Director of Peace in Action! Education Collaborative; and Jennifer Kim, the Co-chair of the Education Peace Team.
Students, teachers, and community leaders from around the world viewed and participated in a virtual peace conference for youth. Local students, teachers, and special guests attended the convention and received instruction and tools to help them become peacemakers in their own communities. Students from around the world were connected by Webinar technology.
Master Charles Kim from the Peace School of Chicago led the first virtual Yoga for Peace session! Mr. Jean Trudel from Cercle de Paix in Montreal, Canada, and Kelly Egan of INNEO Communications in New York, and Max Ringelheim of Vonvo.com produced the event.
The Webinar was recorded so you can watch it!
As teachers and educators, we must respond to these situations and help guide our youth to peace, rather than allow them to turn toward violence. Following the youth conference, teachers, educators, community leaders, and parents, participated in an Educators Peace Conference.
Educators responded to the youth to help guide them to peace, rather than allow them to turn toward violence. This educator’s conference is also available to view.
This is peace in action! This is for the students and youth of the world.
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