Teaching Peace

Maya Soetoro-Ng, PHD and Kerrie Urosevich, PHD – Reading, Writing, Arithmetic and PEACE: Raising Peacebuilders

Peacebuilding is a learned skill just like reading and arithmetic. Educators and Ceeds of Peace founders Maya Soetoro-Ng and Kerrie Urosevich illustrate how peacebuilding can be taught to young children and eventually bring lasting social change to the world.

Recorded at TEDxMaui 2014, held on September 28, 2014 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

View video HERE>>>

Peacebuilding is not easy but it is very teachable, whether you are a parent, educator, community member, or all of these. We all need to re-think how we treat and teach children

Information about the TEDxMaui Event

HSTA Youth, Human and Civil Rights Committee
Advocates for social justice, equity, and equal access.

Posted September 15, 2014, 4:43 p.m.

Picture from Peace Garden Celebration, http://peacegardenhawaii.com

Haw. Rev. Stat. § 8-16 : Hawaii Statutes - Section 8-16: Peace Day. September 21 of each year shall be known and recognized as “Peace Day” to promote peace programs, improve international relations, and increase educational awareness of peace; provided that this day is not and shall not be construed to be a state holiday. All citizens shall be encouraged to observe and celebrate the blessings of peace and endeavor to create peace on Peace Day. [L 2007, c 23, §1]

The HSTA YOUTH, HUMAN, AND CIVIL RIGHTS Committee invites you to join us in celebrating peace.
September 21, 2014 - International Peace Day
January 1, 2015 - World Peace Day

Peace Education Initiative.  “What are you doing to promote peace education in your classroom?

YHCR encourages teachers to celebrate Peace Day by promoting peace education within their classrooms and to do a peace education activity with their students.  Please send any pictures from your classroom activities to share, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Mahalo.

Resources on Peace
Link to lesson plans by Joy HERE>>>
Resources for the International Day of Peace for the classroom use.

Books:  http://childpeacebooks.org

Scholastic Index of Lesson Plans http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/lesson-plans-index
Classroom Resources for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day http://www.nea.org/tools/lessons/mlk-day-gradesK-5.html

Some of the Peace Events Scheduled in 2014:

Peace Garden Hawaii
United Nations Peace Day
Celebration in Hawaii
September 21, 2014
10:00 am. – 2:00 pm.
Urban Garden Center, Pearl City, Hawai’i
955 Kamehameha Highway, Pearl City, Hawaii 96782
Go to their Web site to find out about scheduled activities on Oahu,  http://peacegardenhawaii.com

2014 Peace Day Interfaith Celebration: “Sharing Peace”
Date: Friday, September 19, 2014
Time: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Place: Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin, 1727 Pali Highway
Free and open to the public.  More details at:  http://hawaiibetsuin.org/peace-day-interfaith-celebration-is-friday-sept-19/

HAWAII ISLAND - Saturday, September 20, 2014
8th Annual Peace Parade and Festival in Honokaa
More Information at:  http://www.peacedayparade.org

KAUAI - 2014 International Day Of Peace
Lydgate Park, Kamalani Playground
Sunday September 21, 2014, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Everybody is invited to celebrate The International Day of Peace at Lydgate Park on Sunday, September 21, 2014, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., sponsored by the Interfaith Roundtable of Kauai. Centering on the Lydgate Park Peace Pole (near Kamalani Playground) http://www.kauaifestivals.com/festivals/2014_international_day_of_peace.html

Coming up . . .
2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade
January 19, 2015, Oahu
Watch for details, http://mlk-hawaii.com/home/

September 21, International Day of Peace
The United Nations encourage all to celebrate the International Day of Peace through education initiatives.

Education for Peace is the theme this year’s International Day of Peace.  Anyone can celebrate The International Day of Peace, anywhere; whether lighting a candle, sitting in silent meditation or performing a good deed. The United Nations invites all people, especially students, to celebrate the momentous day.  It is often commemorated through peace education initiatives; with encouragement to end all hostilities so peace prevails.

It is not enough to teach children how to read, write and count. Education has to cultivate mutual respect for others and the world in which we live, and help people forge more just, inclusive and peaceful societies.

~ UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


Ukulele champions dubbed peacemakers
Peace Day festivities include an honor for a couple who run annual uke festivals

By Rob Shikina

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Sep 22, 2014

Dozens listened to children sing and play ukulele to celebrate Peace Day on Sunday at the University of Hawaii’s Oahu Urban Garden Center in Pearl City.

Haaheo Guanson, head of the Pacific Justice and Reconciliation Center, told the crowd that Peace Day may be only one day a year, but people can practice the tenets of peaceful living every day and pass them on to others.

“The first act of peacefulness is for us to smile,” she said. “You are extending peace. … You want to act. This is one action that we can all extend.”

During the seventh annual Peace Day Hawaii event, a husband-and-wife team of ukulele teachers, Roy and Kathy Sakuma, were honored as 2014’s Distinguished Peacemakers.

Roy Sakuma was a groundskeeper in Wai­kiki in 1971 when he launched the Ukulele Festival, which celebrated its 44th anniversary this year. The Saku­mas, who have been married 37 years, created Ukulele Festival Hawaii, a nonprofit that pre­sents annual ukulele festivals on Oahu, Hawaii island, Kauai and Maui.

The group has a mission “to bring laughter, love and hope to children and adults … through the music of the ukulele.”

Jeannie Lum, co-chairwoman of the volunteer committee that organized the event, said the Saku­mas were chosen because of their work on creating a culture of peace.

Lum, who is also a UH associate professor of peace education, said that since the end of the Cold War, the peace movement has shifted from anti-war ideals to a more New Age perspective, concerned about peace with oneself, the global community, the environment and the cosmos.

“Peace is really how you feel on a daily basis, how you experience happiness, your well-being, and your relationships with others,” she said. “Whatever your thoughts are, those kinds of signals are going out into the world.”

She added, “We want people to realize that every action, every part of their lives and their attitude is part of being able to put that energy into the world.”

Peace Day was established by the state Legislature in 2007 to coincide with the United Nations International Day of Peace.

Kathy Sakuma, 60, said the award represents how something as small and ordinary as the ukulele has the power to unite people.

“The ukulele has brought so much to our lives,” she said. “When we play together, we create harmony and we build a better world.”

Roy Sakuma, 67, told the crowd that ukulele virtuoso Herb Ohta saved his life by teaching him how to play the ukulele when Sakuma was 16. He said he only finished the eighth grade after struggling with mental illness in his family.

“I was just a lost child,” Sakuma said. “The ukulele … it brought me so much joy, and I couldn’t put down this instrument.”

He said the ukulele was still considered a toy in the 1960s when he was learning to play.

“I loved the ukulele so much that I taught when nobody wanted to learn,” he said.

Besides teaching ukulele, he gives speeches to children and the military about life lessons and love. He hopes the peace award will give him the opportunity to give more motivational speeches in schools.

In closing, he spoke about forgiveness and how it can help one heal by releasing emotional baggage.

“The greatest gift that you can give to others is love because it allows others to give you love,” he said.

More details on Honokaa Peace Day activities HERE>>>