visit website: Seacoast Peace Academy

"World peace is not only possible but inevitable. It is the next stage in the evolution of this planet...'"    The Promise of World Peace 

Seacoast Peace Academy

A small group of committed teachers and educational leaders who taught human rights and peace education in their classrooms met in August, 2012 to share our concerns for children and youth to be growing up in a nation with increased school violence, persistent militarism, unchecked climate change and new social inequalities, and to be educated within the national debate of school reform, curricular constraints of standardized testing, and the emotional stress of teacher bashing.  Are teachers, we wondered, finding spaces in their curriculum to provide students with learning opportunities to gain the knowledge, skills and dispositions for peace building in their homes, schools and local and global communities?  Do teachers, we wondered, have accessibility to the educational resources for exploring social change, peace education, peace leadership and alternatives to violence? Could a Peace Academy, we wondered, in our local community, be a home for teachers, youth, families, artists, scholars, community leaders, local business owners and grass-roots organizers to share resources, knowledge and experiences to make peace building visible in our homes, schools and communities?  Moving from our concerns to taking action, we looked to the National Peace Academy as a model for what we could create here in the seacoast communities of southern New Hampshire and Maine.  

On January 8, our small group invited recipients of the Sarah Farmer Peace Award to Pinetree Institute in Eliot, Maine to engage in a preliminary participatory process to explore interest and commitment in building a Seacoast Peace Academy.       

Our next meeting will take place in a World Café setting with a larger stakeholder group on March 30 at the Portsmouth Public Library.  Contact me if you would like to attend.

5 Spheres of Peace

"Peace is the wholeness created by right relationships with oneself, other persons, other cultures, other life, Earth, and the larger whole of which all are a part” (The Earth Charter, 2000).

The spheres of peace and right relationships are 5 and need to be nurtured toward the full development of the peace builder.  Click here for description of the Spheres that inform learnings to the theories and practices for nurturing and building peace and right relationships. 

 MELINDA SALAZAR, Ph. D.   ~    MESALA9@GMAIL.COM    ~    603.682.4525