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Union teachers will promote a culture of peace in the classroom
an article by Francisco Zúñiga for (Mexico)

Peace can be learned. With that premise, the teachers of Leon have initiated a program to promote values in the schools, supported by parents and intended to instill in school-children a new culture of peace that can help change the situation in which we live.

In Normal School Miguel F. Martinez white balloons are released as a symbol of peace. Photo: Franciso Zúñiga

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Dialogue, respect, non-violence, teamwork are some of the values for parents, children, teachers and students that will be promoted in this project initiated by the National Union of Education Workers (SNTE). It is independent of the scholastic program, according to the leader of section 50, Mirna Isabel Saldívar Paz.

“We are going to appoint a responsible teacher in each school to be the peace promoter in that school, as well as a parent. They will receive training and updates in these important subjects”, she explained.

A culture of peace includes respect for human rights, respect for diversity, and non-violence, the teacher indicated.

“We will be working throughout the scholastic year. We start and finish in the month of June. The project includes meetings of children, meetings with parents, with their own teachers. We are going to concentrate on values and skill training, utilizing teamwork and community involvement”, she said.

She made it clear that the programs will not interfere with normal schoolwork, because the "peace-promoter" teachers will do their activities on Saturdays, Sundays, and during vacations.

In the presence of Secretary of Education, Jose Antonio González Treviño, the program was launched in the Normal Superior School Miguel F. Martinez. Children and teachers released hundreds of white balloons into the sky as a message of peace to the community.

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The best ways to teach peace to children pre-K to 12:
1. Create schools and classrooms where children live and learn in environments that foster kindness and caring with empathy, respect for everyone and personal responsibility for all that you say and do.
2. Teach the concept of human rights and dignity and the skills of critical thinking and peaceful conflict resolution.
3. Integrate and infuse the concepts and skills in all curriculum subject areas so children develop into knowledgeable and thoughtful world citizens who feel empowered to make the world better for everyone and who are not afraid to take on the  political establishment.

Our world leaders of tomorrow are in our classrooms today. What a wonderful opportunity educators have to impact our quest for that elusive culture of peace!

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Jeanne Morascini, Founder
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This report was posted on October 3, 2011.