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Tenango del Valle Promotes a Culture of Peace (Mexico)
an article by Agenda Informativo de México

In order to promote the culture of peace among the children of Tenango, the Secretariat of Government Programs, the Department of Public Safety and Human Rights, the Municipal Institute for Women, and the Department of Development and Social Integration of Tenango del Valle, along with Lizette Rodriguez of Saber Se Strategy and Operation, have conducted a series of activities for children of the secondary school Yermo and Parres.

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Over 50 students played games of questions and responses related to the rights of children and a dance to promote a cooperative participation and teamwork.

Lizette Rodriguez Marroquín, the Coordinator of Culture of Peace for Saber Se Strategy and Operation, a company dedicated to providing services of research, education and training for public administration, civil society, businesses and public safety agencies, commented that this is a program designed exclusively for this town and which is intended to continue working the next year, given the commitment shown by the municipal government headed by mayor Victor Manuel Aguilar Talavera, to build a better childhood and vision of the future for Tenango del Valle.

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What is the best way to teach peace to children?,

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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 ) 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 is the primary focus of the Save the Children Australia UN Global Peace School Program upon which I am presently fortunate to be working. . ...more.

This report was posted on December 25, 2013.