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Tuesday, 26 May 2009 12:07

Loving Teachers, Living Schools: Sharing our Paths of Peace

Written by  Erin Hulme
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November 9 - 15, 2009, McMaster Unviersity Student Centre, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

On behalf of the Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace (CCTP) and the McMaster Centre for Peace Studies, we are pleased to announce this year’s 8th Annual Peace Education Conference in Canada focusing on the important theme of “bringing greater peace into our schools”.  Within this context, we will also be exploring the role of “gender and sexuality” and “emotional, social and spiritual intelligence” in advancing our goals towards a universal culture of peace.

Continuing our tradition from past years, this conference will be an opportunity for those passionate about educating for peace to converge, connect and reflect upon our commitments to peace and justice in this world.  The core conference, hosted at McMaster University, will begin in the evening on Thursday, November 12th and come to a close in the afternoon on Sunday, November 15th.  Together, we will explore how we can infuse the mainstream school system with peace education and peaceful educators.  Through engaging workshops, inspiring speakers and focused reflections, we will learn new ways of being and teaching that better serve ourselves and our fellow learners.

Can we imagine a learning environment where everyone is encouraged to freely recognize, appreciate and act upon their unique strengths, abilities and stories?  Furthermore, can we envision ourselves and each other as spiritualized beings, allowing for the opportunity to not only reconnect with the deep source of power within, but to also share a common transcendent identity that inspires love and cooperation?  By reflecting on these questions and our common experiences, in the form of personal frustrations, concerns, but also successes and transformations, we will be able to better understand and thus, better support each other.  With these foundations, we can model healthy and respectful ways of being, and together, we can create new systems that accommodate emerging generations in their quest for a peaceful future.

In addition to the main conference, participants are welcomed to attend pre-conference events that include indigenous, LGBTQ and youth peace education conferences, as well as smaller workshops and activities engaging with the diverse aspects of peace work.  These will take place between Monday November 9th and Thursday the 12th in various venues around Hamilton.

Join us as we celebrate each other and our common successes within the peace education movement, while devoting careful attention to outstanding possibilities for greater inclusivity, and deeper personal and social development in each of our greater school communities.

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