EDUCATION FOR PEACE .
Excerpts from website of Kids4Peace Boston
Each year, Kids4Peace Boston works with Muslim, Jewish & Christian youth from Boston, Israel, Palestine, and the United States. Among peace education efforts, Kids4Peace is unique in three ways:
1) We begin with 12 year olds, engaging their natural openness to live, learn, play, and make friends with others different from themselves. Because the children are young, their families also become involved in the program and get to know one another.
2) We focus on faith, getting close to what matters most in many people’s lives. We highlight our common heritage as children of Abraham and pay attention to each tradition’s impulse toward peace and justice.
3) We maintain and nourish the relationships made in this initial encounter of children and their families so that these young people become effective interfaith peace leaders by the time they graduate from high school.
We believe that it is our obligation to teach our children to be peacemakers, leading by our own example and learning from young people’s fresh perspectives on how to live together in friendship and peace.
SUMMER CAMP FOR 6th & 7th GRADERS
Kids4Peace Boston is looking for Muslim, Jewish, and Christian 6th and 7th graders to join us for 8 days of summer camp activities (swimming, boating, sports, hiking, camp fires, arts and crafts and more) on the shores of a crystal-clear lake in the mountains of New Hampshire
Who? We are looking for participants who live in the greater Boston area and are in sixth or seventh grade during the 2015-2016 school year. Kids4Peace campers are open-minded, like to try new experiences and make new friends, and are eager to share about their lives, cultures, and religious traditions.
When? July 31 – August 7, 2016 at Camp Merrowvista in Center Tuftonboro, NH
For additional questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
2016 SUMMER PROGRAMS – 8th GRADE
Service Learning Program in New Haven, CT Monday, July 25 – Tuesday, August 2, 2016
8th graders, with peers from North America and the Middle East (including Israelis, Palestinians, and Syrian, Iraqi, and Afghan refugees), will explore interfaith citizenship, identity, communication, leadership, and peace by participating in a nine-day service-learning program led by Jerusalem Peacebuilders (a K4PB partner). Activities will include: dialogues, sports, workshops, presentations at local faith communities and field trips to the United Nations HQ, the 9/11 Museum at Ground Zero in New York City, and historic Mystic Seaport and Aquarium.
Click here for more information and an application:
2016 SUMMER PROGRAMS – 9th & 10th GRADES
Kids4Peace International Global Institute in Washington, DC Wednesday, July 27 – Monday, August 8, 2016
9th and 10th graders will join their peers from Kids4Peace Jerusalem and from other K4P chapters in America to learn about social change movements, gain skills in advocacy and organizing, and interact with public policy and diplomatic leaders. They will return to Boston with a few of their Israeli and Palestinian friends to implement their new skills through an interfaith community action project.
For more information and an application: www.k4p.org/summer2016/.
(Thank you to Norma Shakun for proposing this article to CPNN.)