Two Free Videos for Relationship-Building Worldwide
an article by Libby and Len Traubman
In response to the question, "What is the best way to teach peace?," here are two how-to documentary films. They are now available without cost worldwide to demonstrate and teach a new quality of listening and successful communication between diverse citizens – even "enemies."
PEACEMAKERS: Palestinians & Jews Together at Camp (83 mins) - http://traubman.igc.org/vidcamp.htm
The partnership of a Palestinian-Jewish Dialogue and 85-year-old camp brings together in the California mountains 140 Muslims, Jews and Christians of all ages, including from Israel and Palestine. They discover one another and their ability to communicate and cooperate in new ways. Back down the mountain, they hold a public San Francisco event to tell the community about their struggles and breakthroughs.
DIALOGUE AT WASHINGTON HIGH (43 mins) - http://traubman.igc.org/vidschool.htm
A Jewish and a Palestinian exemplar model how to connect with the "other" beginning with personal Story. Tenth grade high school students then engage each other in dyads with a new quality of listening. The diverse youth speak about their new way of communicating.
A scene from Dialogue at Washington High
STORY AS ENTRY TO RELATIONSHIP is the free Teachers Guide that can be downloaded at http://traubman.igc.org/vidschoolguide.pdf .
The sponsor 15-year-old Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue on the San Francisco Peninsula will airmail this set of films to teachers, facilitators and other interested citizens on any continent upon request. Trailers and contact information are on the films' Web sites.
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Maria Montessori believed that peace was innate within children. Her timeless educational philosophy was developed around this basic understanding. Perhaps all we need to do as teachers is to provide stimulating learning environments that validate this knowing and understanding and nurture it. We may not have to actually teach it, Sharing peace-building stories gently attends to this. Strong, creative and imaginative peace-building characters who focus upon win-win and have faith in peace being possible are at the centre of the story plots. In Hassaun Ali-Jones Bey's (Boundless Gratitude http://boundlessgratitude.com/products.html ) unique and mesmerising story, Black Ink is such a character who bravely crosses the universe seeking validation of what he knows in his heart. The magical character also models all the important peace-building values, understandings and actions needed for peace-building. I believe also that peace-building must be modelled and the whole teaching-learning environment should reflect similar values, understandings and actions...as is the primary focus of the Save the Children Australia UN Global Peace School Program upon which I am presently fortunate to be working. As Gandhi stated: 'If we want peace in the world then we need to begin with the children.' We need to listen to them. I also believe there are many ways to attend to peace-building..there's not just one way...and fun and creativity should be elements of any peace-learning programme with children working together. Parents are also teachers and they can choose to share peace-building stories with children as well.
This report was posted on February 10, 2008.
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