The Peace Education Program was recently represented at the First World Forum on Urban Violence and Education for Coexistence and Peace in Madrid. Tomás del Arco reports on the Forum for TPRF.
Marian Masoliver is a filmmaker who, along with Simon Edwards, is currently in Colombia to document the effect that the Peace Education Program (PEP) is having on ex-combatants, victims, and other groups impacted by the five-decade civil war that is ending there. In this blog she shares thoughts on visiting the troubled mountainous village of Ituango.
Volunteer Scott Polenz facilitates the Peace Education Program (PEP) at prisons near Fresno, California. He says, “Participants tell me how much the PEP is affecting them and changing them in practical ways.”
“Light Behind Bars” chronicles the transformation of incarcerated women in Tires, Portugal as they participate in the Peace Education Program and try to come to terms with the devastation of their past actions. It was produced independently by Rádio e Televisão de Portugal, the public service broadcasting organization of Portugal, which has shown it on television affiliates throughout the country.
“Diversity training, appreciation, and respect for all seem to be built in as intrinsic gifts of volunteering for TPRF,” writes Marcia Loft in this blog post about her experience volunteering as the co-manager for the Honor/Memory Writers Team.
A few years ago Suraj became the first student in the village of Bantoli, India to ever pass the tenth grade matriculation exam, allowing him to enroll in junior college. In this interview conducted at Bantoli’s Food for People (FFP) kitchen, Suraj credits the food program with helping him succeed in school and gain crucial life skills.