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Mexico urged to promote a culture of peace
an article by El Porvenir

In Monterrey, Nuevo León, the Council of Organizations for Culture of Peace has proposed, during the fifth meeting of the body, to work for peace education as part of the educational reform, promoted by the Federal Government.

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In their press release, the Council considered that teaching should be done "with a special focus as proposed by UNESCO". UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

They said that the proposal is "in order to reduce violence in our country, in the short and medium term", violence that cost more than 50,000 lives.

Another proposal of the Council of Organizations for Culture of Peace was that the Ministry of Education should declare the 2013 as the year of Education for Peace.

The fifth meeting of the Council of Organizations for Culture of Peace was held on 18 and 19 December, and was attended by about 20 agencies from the region and from other states.

Among the organizations attending were the civil society associations: Esfuerzos Conjuntos, Alternativas Pacificas, La Paz Comienza con los Niños, Jóvenes pro la Paz, Comnapaz Organismo Ciudadano, Fundación Juventud Siglo XXI, Transcend Capítulo México, and Fundación en Movimiento, as well as Creeser, EsPeRe, México, Tejedoras de Cambios, Universidad Albert Einstein, Consejo Cívico, la Asociación de Educadores para la Paz, and Alinea Consultores.

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Question(s) related to this article:

Nonviolence is at its best when violence is at its worst, Do you agree?

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Latest reader comment:

Bernard Lafayette, Director of the Center for Peace and Nonviolence at the University of Rhode Island shared with us the following observation, based on his years of working with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his recent work in Colombia, helping to organize leadership teams in nonviolence:
"Nonviolence is at its best when violence is at its worst".

This report was posted on December 27, 2012.