On behalf of the Hamilton Centre for Teaching Peace, I would like to invite you and your students to participate in this year’s 9th Annual Youth Peace Education Conference taking place at the McMaster University campus on November 11th, 2010.
As an organization, our goal is to reduce different forms of violence in Hamilton through education and the building of alliances between organizations and individuals. This conference in particular is a way to include youth in the discussion, where they can articulate their interests and needs, while developing new friendships, visions and skills which will assist them in their journey towards peace.
In past years, we have introduced participants to issues related to peace from the global to the local level. We’ve invited community heroes to discuss the UN Manifesto for a culture of peace, the Global Campaign for Peace Education, environmental stewardship and various facets of social justice, experienced within and beyond school environments. Through numerous inspiring workshops, we have also attempted to address unique manifestations of violent cultures in the schools themselves, while empowering students and teachers with the practical skills and knowledge they need in order to transform themselves and whatever oppressive dynamics exist within their schools.
This year, we will offer more speakers, workshops and opportunities for dialogue and artistic expression, which relate to this year’s theme, “Conscious Communities”. In order to achieve our goal, that is to serve learners in their efforts towards building peace in and beyond their schools, we are asking for students and teachers to help direct the organizing process. Attached is a survey, which should take no more than five minutes, for teachers to complete in their classrooms. Essentially, we are seeking for students to be involved in whatever capacity they are comfortable with. For example, through the survey, students can offer their visions for the conference day, or if they’re interested in greater involvement, like making decorations, or even developing their own workshops for the conference, we would be happy to help facilitate these planning sessions over the summer, or during the next school year.
Please fill out the survey with your class, and forward the names and emails of those students that are interested either in summer or September planning. We also welcome you, the brave educator, to join us as we develop our vision and programme. Please feel free to reach us at our office phone (905) 523-0111, or by email at julia [at] peace-education.ca. Thank you for your hard work, and for your time and consideration.