PEACE LITERACY CANADA
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Under the leadership of Paul K. Chappell, the Peace Literacy Institute is excited to announce its formal collaboration with Rotary District 5550 in launching Peace Literacy Canada under the leadership of National Chair, Tamara C. Larson.
Peace Literacy is a new approach to peace and justice that equips us with the tools to build strong communities, confront root causes of problems, navigate change and uncertainty, and teach responsible digital citizenship with the goal of creating a resilient peace that is sustainable and allows humanity to survive and thrive in the 21st century. Building on West Point’s world class leadership training and the disciplined vision of Civil Rights leaders, Peace Literacy educates people to be as well trained in waging peace as soldiers are in waging war.
Working with Rotary youth programs, and all the educators across Canada committed to the mission of Truth and Reconciliation, Peace Literacy Canada will continue to work in partnership with Indigenous communities across the country to heal trauma and build trust.
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In the service of peace and justice, truth and reconciliation, we are dedicated to making accessible education in Peace Literacy a right for every student.
What people say
Business Owner, Windsor, Ontario
Peace Literacy is the fertile ground for humanity to transform our culture and prioritize our often overlooked basic human needs, such as purpose and meaning, belonging and self-worth. Peace Literacy has the potential to shift and transform our educational system, our communities and our world by building connections and forming bridges utilizing the wisdom of the heart, cultivating empathy, and seeing unity in our diversity.
Vice Principal, Vincent Massey Collegiate, Winnipeg
Excellent presentation with excellent applications. All students and staff need this!
Co-chair of Education, Vice President, Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties, and former principal, College Pierre Elliott-Trudeau, Winnipeg
There is simply too much at stake if we, as educators, do not meet our responsibilities as global citizens in providing students an authentic education embedded with the values of Peace Literacy, not only in our curricula but in our relationship-building practices within our school communities. ... [My goal] is to envision a school community where Peace Literacy is the fabric of what we do.
Social Studies Department Head, Lord Selkirk, Regional Comprehensive Secondary School, Manitoba
Paul K. Chappell ...delivered a passionate plea for the development of a ‘Peace Literacy.’ Essentially, his message was that human beings are trained extremely well in making war, but rarely are taught the skills of making peace. To do so, we must reconsider our thinking around human needs and the impact that the introduction of trauma can have on them...
Director/At-Large, Rotary Club of Winnipeg, District 5550, Co-founder and Chair, World Peace Partners
…Over 30 Immigrant and Refugee youth ages 16 to 27 and women and men from South Sudan were enthusiastic about what they learned in engaging dialogues with Paul. Kindergarten to 12th grade UNESCO school teachers and students gave rave reviews of his keynote presentation to the Manitoba Annual UNESCO Schools conference…. Chappell met with rich and poor; powerful and oppressed; young and old, and all welcomed and were moved by and engaged with his teachings... The goal is to integrate Peace Literacy education… worldwide.
Brahim Ould Baba
Manitoba Teachers’ Society
In a room full of students, teachers and school leaders, Paul K. Chappell inspired all of us with his passionate message about Peace Literacy. I believe everyone should hear this message. It is really a new frame for teaching about educating people to be good citizens and live together in a peaceful manner.
Rotary Peace Fellow, Founder, Assisi Center for Social Justice and Peace, Kampala, Uganda
Whether peacebuilders are working within conflict or post conflict settings, essentially, they are operating in environments that are exposed to severe degrees of trauma. Peace Literacy assists peacebuilders to acquire basic familiarity on the concepts of trauma with an extensive orientation of how to make their work effective without re-traumatizing individuals and groups… My initial contact with Paul K. Chappell at a workshop in Uganda did not leave me the same. It was certainly an opportunity that offered me a platform to navigate creative approaches into my work that could help to mold mindsets to inspire better leadership.
Archbishop Emeritus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Peace Literacy has the capacity to repair our broken parts and create a nonviolent world anchored in dignity, meaning, purpose, and compassion for all. Given the crucial role that Peace Literacy can play, I support the recognition of education in Peace Literacy as a universal human right.
Tamara Larson is an educator, community leader, and mentor with a heart for servant leadership. Her work in the community focuses on growing leaders and strengthening communities with the end goal of creating an inclusive, diverse, equitable world with a place of belonging for all.
As a believer in lifelong learning, Tamara has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta in music and French, and Masters of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction from St. Xavier University in Chicago. She continues to pursue learning opportunities in leadership development, human rights, mental health and psychological safety.
Growing up in a home with a family business, she has developed an entrepreneurial spirit that is reflected in all that she does. Spending most of her career in the not-for-profit, arts, and education sectors, partnered with her entrepreneurial spirit, Tamara works with all stakeholders and organizations to build a community that reflects diversity and is inclusive.
Education is our most powerful tool for change; Tamara works with all learners, both young and young at heart, to create leadership development opportunities through service leadership and mentorship.
Human rights and peace building are at the forefront of creating a world that has a safe place of belonging for all. Tamara is a member of the RD 5370 Peace Committee, Program Director for RD5550 Rotary Adventures in Human Rights and is Chair of the Emerging Issues in Human Rights program with RD 5550 World Peace Partners.
Along with her important work in human rights and peace building, Tamara’s Rotary path has seen her awarded RD 5370 Rotarian of the Year 2017 -2018 for her work as youth chair in developing leading edge programs and risk management protocols (2016 to 2019) and is presently a member of the Rotary International Leadership Development and Training Advisory Committee for 2020 – 2022.
Working with these committees, Rotary members of all ages, and community partners, Tamara can continue the especially important work of peace building, not only in Rotary, but in pursuing her personal and professional goals through education for all learners both young and young at heart!
Paul K. Chappell is an international peace educator and founder of Peace Literacy. He graduated from West Point, was deployed to Iraq, and left active duty as a Captain. Realizing that humanity is facing new challenges that require us to become as well-trained in waging peace as soldiers are in waging war, Chappell created Peace Literacy to help students and adults from all backgrounds work toward their full potential and a more peaceful world.
Peace Literacy frames peace not merely as a goal, but as a practical skill-set – a literacy like reading and writing – that needs to be taught and practiced from pre-K through to higher education. Peace Literacy empowers us to create peace that is realistic, resilient, and sustainable, while helping us develop our full capacity for empathy, conscience, reason, and realistic hope.
Chappell grew up in a violent household. Born in 1980, he was raised in Alabama, the son of a Korean mother and a Black father who was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars. These experiences were part of what compelled him to forge a new understanding of war, peace, rage, trauma, and our shared humanity. This understanding is conveyed in his seven-book Road to Peace series.