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[International Seminars]
Peace education in Asia, November 8 - 10, 2009, at Olympic Parktel, Seoul, Korea
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November 8 - 10, 2009, at Olympic Parktel, Seoul, Korea
Around 40 Korean scholars of religon and 25 international peace educators and religious workers met to discuss how to implement peace education in Asia and what role religion should play in it.
Recommendations on Peace Education in Asia IPCR 2009 International Seminar

Draft for Plenary Presentation

We, participants in IPCR 2009 International Seminar held in Seoul on November 9-10, 2009, agree that collaborative actions are necessary to address today's challenges of war, armed conflict, extreme poverty and environmental devastation. Two world wars and many armed conflicts of last century resulted in the loss of many innocent lives. There are still insufficient responses to widespread division, confrontation, and violence; therefore, religious, civil, and public sectors in all Asian countries and the world have to act collaboratively to build a culture of peace and non-violence.

We recognize significant international peace efforts in the past as follows: Universal declaration of Human Rights, UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, The Geneva Conventions on the Protection of Civilians; The Constitution of UNESCO on the need of education and culture for peace, The Hague Appeal for Peace on initiatives for peace-making and bottom-up globalization, and The 7th ACRP General Assembly on commitment to making and building peace.

We participants call for urgent mobilization of the spiritual, moral and social resources of religious communities, civil societies, and governments in the process of good governance and peace building. For this agenda, focusing on religious, civil, and public sectors, we respectively recommend to consider the following action plans to contribute to making and building a culture of peace through supporting peace programs and activities.

Religious Communities
We share our invaluable ideas and experiences for peace education in relation to religious communities by overcoming any narrow and violent aspects of religious teachings to promote human dignity and human rights by respecting each other's religious traditions and cultures and to establish a harmonious global village: We recommend each religious community to promote interfaith understanding and encourage interfaith activities by developing academic curriculum and training programs for leaders, teachers, and students; We recommend religious communities to collaborate with civil societies, business sector, academic institutions, and government to implement these peace education programs; We recommend religious communities to share experiences and insights by networking through public information such as internet, website, other media resources, and publications; We recommend religious communities to create spaces for encounter through conferences, youth exchange programs, participation to multi-religious festivals, multi-religious pilgrimages and religious arts.

Civil Societies
To actively build and support collaborative partnerships between faith-based organisations, NGOs, governments and grass-root communities to foster a culture of peace.

Develop an integrated, multi-faith and multi-cultural approach to just, safe and peaceful communities that build on local strengths and attributes and best practices (local and international) and ensures joint responsibility and ownership.

Proposed Themes
Multi-faith dialogue Faith awareness Trauma healing Armed conflict intervention Consensus building Gender sensitivities Conflict sensitive journalism Reflecting on values and beliefs Violence & peace sensitivities
- Advocacy Responsible tourism & fair trade Mainstreaming and institutionalizing peace education
- Networking Rejuvenating space retreat and reflection Dialogue project
Research & Evaluation   Restorative Justice theory and practices
Developing common perspective on peace education
Links with regional and international organization
Peer education
Strategic analysis of local context and resources
Awareness building on peace education
Training   Multi-faith dialogue
Faith awareness
Trauma healing
Armed conflict intervention
Consensus building
Gender sensitivities
Conflict sensitive journalism
Reflecting on values and beliefs
Violence & peace sensitivities
Advocacy   Responsible tourism & fair trade
Mainstreaming and institutionalizing peace education
Networking   Rejuvenating space retreat and reflection
Dialogue project
 
Public Sector
We recommend to ministries of education and national organizations to integrate peace education into the curriculum of basic and higher education. Peace education may include knowledge, skills and abilities to live together, such as internal peace, tolerance, non-violence, human rights, diversity, dialogue, conflict management, community service.

We recommend to ministries of education and national organizations responsible for teacher training requirements to integrate pre-service and in-service training in education for peace.

We recommend to ministries of education and national organizations to develop learning materials on peace education.

We recommend to relevant authorities to monitor the implementation of policies related to peace education through on-going research and evaluation.

We recommend collaboration between government and civil society, including religious organizations such as KCRP, in planning, implementing and monitoring of peace education programs.

Recognizing the increasing awareness of nonviolent resistance and peace-building efforts, we urge the religious communities to exercise leadership toward building peace in Asia through affirming the values of justice, compassion, sustainability, and well-being of all individuals, communities, and groups with different cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds. We especially urge the leadership of KCRP and ACRP, as interfaith bodies, to devote efforts to heal the past and build the future by constructing a new way of life with spirituality, ethical authority and social engagement.

We strongly ask the government, religious communities, civil societies, and public sectors in Korea, with the support of other sectors in Asia and institutions in the rest of the world to set up the international peace education center. The Center will dedicate itself to raise awareness of peace-consciousness in the public, to provide training for both leaders and community, to build networks for conflict resolution and peace education and to serve the Asian community as focal points for peace programs and activities.

 
   
 

 
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