Being able to share my vision of peace education with the IIPE community has given me a sense of legitimacy, support and useful feedback without which no peace educator can thrive.
I believe the sense of community is created to support one another not only by praising the work but also by challenging or questioning. This “safe” atmosphere is, I feel, unique to IIPE.
… the horizontal methodology (community learning) allows learning from all participants. The fact that everyone learns and facilitates a session is a great way to [gain] insight of what each is doing… and opens the door for future collaborations.
In a globalized world it is an unique opportunity to meet, challenge, develop and create pedagogic solutions together with participants from different countries and with different experiences of education.
That [IIPE 2006] experience still benefits my work and I am trying to build on those links for launching worthwhile peace studies programs at Centre for International Peace and Stability in Pakistan.
Thanks to IIPE, the Schools for Peace Foundation (Fundación Escuelas de Paz) has made multiple strategic alliances that have lead to sharing experiences, projects and activities in national as well as international levels.
Core to the community is the community itself… creating a temporary village with far-reaching implications. Participating with this dedicated and diverse team… one feels another world IS possible.