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In February of 2015 I will be submitting my PhD thesis "El camino se hace caminando: Using participatory action research to evaluate and develop peace education practice in Nicaragua" at the University of Otago. My thesis project worked with a Secondary School in Northern Nicaragua that had significant issues with violence. Through a series of workshops and individual coffee chats we explored the practice of peace education as a school staff and developed strategies for improvement.
As a former secondary school teacher in the English speaking world, and sexual health educator in Nicaragua, it was rewarding for me to be able to return to Nicargaua and work in partnership with teachers for change. I had noticed while working for the NGO in Nicaragua that there was a serious problem with violence in schools, sometimes preventing students I worked with from attending, and I had wanted to return to contribute to solutions.
Sometimes staying positive in this field can be challenging, so to keep myself happy and healthy I play basketball and whenever possible, DANCE!!
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Nicaragua - Sexual Health Education
Colombia - Elementary School Education
Canada - Crisis Counseling Trainer
Canada- Gender Trainer
New Zealand - Research and Secondary School Education
Australia - Secondary School Education
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Peace Education PhD Candidate, University of Otago, NZ
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Thank you for making contact. Will you also be at the IPRA conference? I have a recent paper which I have submitted to a journal which describes some of the peace pedagogy we have been using and researching. Is this what you are looking for. I can send it to you if you send me an email to johnv(at)ukzn.ac.za
Violance,war,conflicts,sufferings my desire to see world in peace and non violance has motivated me to join this network."Vasudev kutukbkam" entire world as a family, this was a teaching of our culture and traditional.we created countries,boundries,religions,cast,race for a genuine reason or a false reasons for any reason.but this the time to realise that we are one and we naturaly interconected with each other ,which we can just realise by watching inhale and exhale of breaths the source is same ,without any descrimanation,religion,bonundries, equaly for all living life of universe .When we understand this simple thing then we must understand how our and other's life is equaly important,valuble ,respectable .we should follow the nature's rule ,non violance .peace ,god has given us a human life not for destruction but for lookafter the wellbeing of all living life.
i shall be happy if you could include me in your circle of friends
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I had two pivotal experiences during my high school education (1969 to 1973). One language teacher created a classroom situation where we were stranded on a deserted island and had to form our own civilization. We questioned institutions like marriage but most important, by the end of the semester, we had divided into two camps, one of which had enough weapons to blow up the other. Now we're all in our fifties and running the world. I often go over the events of that classroom and try to figure out exactly what led us to that conclusion.
A class that I took the next year in Peace Studies with a curriculum written by an international peace organization, taught me that conflict is not black and white. Focusing on fictitious scenarios, we debated outcomes and decisions, and saw that the resolutions weren't as easy as propaganda made them out to be. It has colored my perception of conflicts since. But it was taught to a small group of students by a very special teacher.
Now I have teenage daughters (13 and 14 years old). I don't see them learning about conflict resolution in school. Mostly they are taught that wars happen and are terrible events, yet nobody looks at how they could have been avoided and how the outcome could have been different. So much education focuses on the way the world is, but doesn't take it the next step further to how the world could be.
A man from Nairobi once asked me how we get our families to recycle and I told him that kids in kindergarten are taught about it and remind their parents. Let's start peace studies early and start changing the mindset of our societies.
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