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Culture of Peace in the schools of Norte de Minas, Brasil
an article by O Norte, Brasil

With the objective of networking for the prevention and resolution of the problems of violence in schools, the State Secretariat of Education (SEE) will hold, as of Monday, March 11, School Forums for Peace Promotion (FORPAZ). The actions, initiatives and proposals that address the culture of peace will be elaborated in conjunction with the school community of northern cities of Minas. The meetings, which will involve 350 participants in each city will be held in Pirapora (11/03), Montes Claros (12/03), Januária (13/03) and Janaúba (14/03).

FORPAZ in Patrocínio

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Teachers, principals, students, parents, representatives of the school faculty and other members of the public, private and third sector, will be able to experience the programs, projects and actions developed by the SSE and other institutions, bodies and agencies already engaged in (FORPAZ, which contributes to the dissemination and consolidation of peace promotion in schools. During the meetings, participants will share their experiences and receive posters, leaflets and stickers that publicize the Forum.

In each of the four meetings, FORPAZ will be held in two stages. The first will feature lectures, presentations promoting peace initiatives developed in state schools, among others. The second stage of the meeting will be focused on knowledge, debate and elaboration of strategies for conflict mediation.

According to Assistant Secretary of SEE, Sueli Pires, the meeting is an opportunity to present to the school community of Norte de Minas and institutional partners the possibilities of service by FORPAZ. "This moment will for listening and integration. We will have the opportunity to detect and enhance local partnerships for work in conflict mediation as a tool in schools. We encourage ongoing dialogue between schools and the community" . . .

Currently, 22 institutions, organizations, entities and bodies work together in FORPAZ, especially the Public Ministry of the State of Minas Gerais, through the Special Prosecutor of Education (Proeduc). During the upcoming events, there will be the regional launch of the campaign "Count to 10", promoted by the National Council of the Public Ministry.

In 2012, FORPAZ was present in five regions of the state and brought together representatives of 30 regional superintendents of education. In all, nearly 2500 educators from state and local networks were trained and sensitized to the promotion and development of culture of peace in schools. The first five regional forums were held in Zona da Mata, Centro-Oeste mineiro, Alto Paranaíba, Sul, Belo Horizonte and Região Metropolitana.

Besides the region of Norte, which receives FORPAZ between March 11 and 14, it is expected that the Forum will go in the coming months to Vale do Rio Doce and Jequitinhonha covering Valadares, Teófilo Otoni, Almenara, and Araçuaí and Diamantina, and the region of Vale do Aço.

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Peace Studies in School Curricula, What would it take to make it happen around the world?

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Latest reader comment:

During the Asian Educators Symposium, we found out that Peace Education is still not part of the school curriculum in most countries. However, the participating teachers have been incorporating peace education in their teaching subjects, such as English, social studies, and character education. We all agreed that love and the will to nurture peace in children are the most important basis for peace education. Even if peace education is not a part of the curriculum, peace can be taught through any subject. Whatever you are teaching, if it comes from the heart, then it will touch the minds of children.

This report was posted on March 15, 2013.