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Activities of Living Values in Education Program in Brazil
an article by Diane Tillman

VIVE Brazil continues with its activities in Brazil with the support of Brahma Kumaris, the Living Values Institute and other institutional partners .

Living Values Education relax exercise

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In 2011, VIVE was active in the capital city of São Paulo and other cities such as Vinhedo, Valinhos, Piracicaba, Itatiba, Amparo, Itapecerica da Serra and Piquete, with training courses and other activities. In addition to Sao Paulo, other parts of the country were involved: in Minas Gerais; the cities of Belo Horizonte and Três Corações; and in Mato Grosso, the town of Primavera do Leste. In the state of São Paulo educators were trained from 16 state and municipal schools, with a total of 368 educators. Other events promoted in 2011 included Workshops, the Junina Festival, Bullying, Active Listening and the "Spring of values." The latter was organized in partnership with other organizations in Ibirapuera Park. Those who attended had the opportunity to make and to admire a Flag of Peace of 10 square meters ( see video at: ) .

College PH3 in Parnamirim (state of Rio Grande do Norte) inserted into its pedagogical proposal a program for staff, faculty and students and the wider community with the implementation of activities , training courses and seminars by VIVE. For students relaxation and visualization are often used at the beginning of eah class, beginning with views of positive and motivating images. The practice aims to mental and physical relaxation that will have benefits for the start of pedagogical activities. Teachers and parents, according to Director Frances Henry, concluded that as a result students showed more enthusiasm, calm, concentration, creativity and the development of positive behaviors .

In College Raimundo Nonato Vieira in Marazion, state of Ceará, educators of early childhood education conducted activities for values by means of visualization techniques. The exercises take place in the courtyard and classroom for the discipline of Human Formation. Activities have produced benefits such as more harmony in the classroom, more peaceful children, child's ability to distinguish correct from wrong attitudes, conflict resolution and better communication between students and teachers and students and parents.

Also in the state of Ceará , VIVE took part in two seminars on Culture of Peace , Ethics and Spirituality, organized by the Federal University of Ceará. The seminars involved composing and conducting roundtable workshops and publishing articles in the past three volume book of the same name. Training for educational coordinators from five schools of Municipal Education Managers and seven state schools in seven cities in the state took place in partnership with the Department of Education of the State of Ceará, as well as lectures and workshops for other institutions.

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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 February 8, 2014.