Leaders at Canadian justice conferences welcomed the Peace Education Program as a way to help people make better choices and live more fulfilling lives.
The Peace Education Program is helping young students and police build a culture of peace in Cusco, Perú. Marian Masoliver is a filmmaker who recently visited the area to document the initiative and in this blog she shares some of her observations.
The Waves of Change event in Croydon, U.K. explored how the Peace Education Program can play an innovative role in addressing youth violence and other problems. Read a report from one of the event organizers, plus watch a video recording of it.
Joseph Paul translates Peace Education Program material into Creole for fellow Haitian inmates at Miami’s Everglades Correctional Institution. “This program has enhanced my awareness of the strength, humility, beauty, and love that I already possess,” he says.
So far this year, Miami’s Everglades Correctional Institution has more inmates participating in the Peace Education Program than any other correctional facility in the U.S. Volunteer facilitator Lucy Collins says, “One inmate has been in prison since he was 18. A counselor told us that until this guy started taking the program he never talked to anyone, he never had a smile on his face. He just kept to himself, for 46 years. And now he is never without a smile!”
Tony Cobb has been incarcerated for 28 years, struggling with the haunting memories of an abusive childhood. Attending the Peace Education Program is giving him a new understanding of life and inspiring him to write: “I have a sweet, beautiful reality waiting to be discovered inside. I now step with knowledge, with the freedom of doing things with clarity.”