Peace Education and Nonviolence affirmation program

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Peace Education and Nonviolence affirmation program is aimed at empowering individuals and groups towards local community (and wider) peace-building through encouraging dialogue and promoting non-violence with a basic principle of social change through education. Long-term, strategic program goals include:  advocating for democratization of the educational system and quality education policies; raising civic competence; empowering citizens for activism and preventing violence through raising awareness on nonviolence and afirming nonviolent practices and experiences. 

Work within the program is based on thePeace Studies program, a one-year non formal educational program which offers a unique space for analyzing, understanding and critically assessing violence and social conflicts; advocating for the quality introduction of civic and peace education in the Croatian educational system with professional development programs for teachers and professional associates; empowering students;  training and dialogue formats aimed at strengthening the potential for nonviolent conflict transformation in local communities. A specific work strain aims at strengthening the system for integration of children with minority and migrant background through education and community work

Knowledge and experience gained in the program has fostered the development of an adult learning Institution Mirta in cooperation with Croatian Youth Network, Volunteer centre Osijek and the Association for Civil Society Development Smart. Its' mission is to continuously conduct LLL non-formal and formal programs for peace and democracy.  

Program activities vary from peace and professional education, through public awareness campaigns to research and advocacy, and are developed in collaboration with numerous national and international actors in the field of education policy, academic research, social activism and community work. 

Centre for Peace Studies is actively engaged in civic education through advocacy, teacher and school associates professional development programs and supporting schools in introducing and implementing the civic education curriculum. Work on civic education is on an international level linked with advocating for Global Education, especially in the European context. CPS has from 2014 been the national coordinator for Global Education cooperating with various European networks.

Program members: Lovorka Bačić, Emina Bužinkić, Lana Jurman, Jasna Račić, Iva Zenzerović Šloser

 

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