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Life-Link Friendship Schools in Iran
an article by Life-Link Schools

The independent Life-Link Friendship-Schools program, coordinated from Uppsala City in Sweden, today attracts 64 schools in Iran. Life-Link chairperson Med Dr Hans Levander has visited Tehran four times since the year 2000 to meet with the Iranian ministry of Education as well as teachers and students in order to follow up promotion of the Life-Link program based on natural and social sciences.

At the Teheran Peace Museum, photo by Erfan Eskamaei

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During the recent visit early October 2012 Dr Levander met with Mr Ali Asghar Yazdani (Ph.D) Acting Minister of Education for International Affairs and Head of the Center for International Affairs & Schools Abroad. The Life-Link program initiated already in 1987 was presented. A joint proposal was agreed upon to initiate a Water for Life campaigns in schools around common watersheds such as the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf. The basic Life-Link program could be extended to more schools in Iran. Dr Yazdani proposed future cooperation based on a Memorandum of Understanding.

Follow up meetings included a school visit gathering teachers and students from eight schools, as well as a round table discussion Sustainable Life-Style - Sustainable Peace at the Tehran Peace Museum .

Finally Dr Levander was invited as key note speaker at an international International Scientific Conference on Education and Globalization. ( gathering more than 200 delegates including international lecturers and scholars from 28 countries.

In conclusion. It is not only possible, but also recommended for Iranian schools to profit from the Life-Link pedagogic program with focus on health and environment and sustainability. This program also offers to participating schools world-wide to exchange protocols and experiences from locally performed actions, performed within the ethics of Care for Myself – Care for Others – Care for Nature. The Life-Link program has recognitions and recommendations from UN / UNESCO campaigns such as Culture of Peace, Education for Sustainable Development and Water for Life. More information is available from - Schools & Actions.


Question(s) related to this article:

What is the relation between the environment and peace?,

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[quote=mmartin,Nov. 16 2004,22:16][/quote]
Preserve the planet is one of the keys of a culture of peace.

For sure it is; the question is what is the relation, and for this we can best listen to the wisdom of so many indigenous peoples, that from times immemorial are guardians of the earth. If we are not at peace with our environment, behaving like parasites, how can we even think about a peacefull and non violent culture for our future is like a contradiction in terms.
So we have to heal this error of thinking and realise that the relation between the environment and peace is one of inextricable boundage.

This is why I want to bring under your attention the Global Campaign: SPEAKING4EARTH that is launched at 9 december 2004 in the Peace palace in The Hague.

Indigenous peoples have a deep spiritual connection to their land, including the sky, the clouds, the rivers, the soil and all living creatures. In the indigenous world, it is said that land is not something you inherit from your ancestors, but rather something you borrow from your children. Speaking4Earth is a project connecting this sense of change in the western relationship with the world with the vision of indigenous peoples that we need to care for the earth for our future generations. Speaking4 earth makes it priority to have the draft declaration on the Collective Rights of Indigenous Peoples addopted by the GA of the UN

reading their website:

For twenty years, Indigenous Peoples and their support organisations have been pressuring the United Nations to adopt a declaration for the protection of the rights of the world’s Indigenous Peoples. It is feared that – due to blocking attempts most notably by the UK and the USA - the UN will now stop this process and leave Indigenous Peoples’ rights unrecognized. . ...more.

This report was posted on December 7, 2012.