|Ukuthula Peace Challenge|
About Ukuthula Peace Challenge
A. The Ukuthula Peace Challenge was launched on the UN International Peace Day 1999 to celebrate the UN International Year for a Culture of Peace in the year 2000. It was launched by the Durban chapter of World Conference on Religion and Peace in association with a number of other organizations and under the patronage of His Worship the Mayor of Durban, Councillor Obed Mlaba.
The programme was to be multi-facetted with people from all sections of the community being involved. The Mission Statement of the Ukuthula Challenge is:
The KwaZulu Natal Peace Challenge seeks to overcome the violence which is pandemic in our province and to promote and create a Culture of Peace through the participation of all members of our society.
It also seeks to promote an awareness and acceptance of the UBUNTU Pledge as expounded by the members of the National Religious Leaders Forum at a Moral Summit which was initiated by the then President Nelson Mandela and Deputy President Thabo Mbeki.
B. WHO ARE WE?
WCRP is an organization whose members include people from every faith community. In order to be as broad based as possible, we have set up partnerships with a number of community organizations and are also working with many more whose aims are creating a culture of peace in our Province as well as a knowledge of Human Rights, Gender Equality and AIDS Awareness! AIDS Prevention! And AIDS Destigmatisation!
The Council of Kwazulu Natal Jewry Human Rights Forum is our main partner. The organization began in 1986 specifically as a supplementary teaching programme for black matriculants when schools in the townships were closed for long periods and large numbers of our young people were receiving little or no education. It has also been involved in teaching anti-prejudice programmes in schools for over ten years.
The University of Natal Drama and Performance Studies Programme and Siyaya Productions are groups which we have drawn into the project because of special talents that we felt would benefit all the stakeholders in the Ukuthula project. We continue to reach out and network with many others as we gain capacity.
We are currently working with Secondary Schools in the greater Durban area from all sections of the community. Through our school contacts in other regions of the province we hope to hold workshops and programmes throughout KZN in order to reach as many as possible of the +/- 2500 secondary schools in KZN.
C. WHAT DOES THE PROGRAMME CONSIST OF?
The programme consists of a number of projects, the main ones being:
1. HUMAN RIGHTS AND PEACE EDUCATION SYLLABUS
This consists of the following modules:
(i) WHO AM I? WHO ARE YOU/ LET'S CELEBRATE TOGETHER!
We take a look at the religions and cultures of the community in KZN. Zulus - Ancestral, Zionist and Shembe Church; Xhosas; Buddhism; Christianity; Hinduism; Islam; Judaism. The importance of Religion and Culture in our lives is seen as a major input in our lives. It can also be a very divisive one and as such, should be seen as an important part of Human Rights and an integral manifestation of the struggle for democracy. Depending on the Grade, this section could be part of Language, History, Drama, Art and Music.
(ii ) TALKING WALLS AND TELLING THE STORY
(iii) THE TWO R'S … THE RIGHT TO BE AND THE RESPONSIBILITY TO DO…
It is important to link up here with other programmes on Peace and Democracy, Religion, Culture, Health and the Environment etc.
(iv) WHEN RACISM BECOMES LAW
(v) PEACE! CONFLICT PREVENTION AND RESOLUTION!
(vi) SAVE OUR WORLD
(vi) SAVING OURSELVES
(vii) THE EQUALITY CHALLENGE - WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO WOMEN'S ISSUE
(viii) KNOW YOUR RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
(ix) AIDS 2000
(xi) THE GLOBAL VILLAGE
In future years, we hope that the course would be structured into five programmes, one for each year. How much or how little we do in any one school will depend on the time allocated. In some schools there is a period allocated for Human Rights and life skills. This would fit in perfectly in this niche. Other schools do not even have a guidance teacher or counsellor, net alone periods for Human Rights or Peace Education. This presents a problem but not an insurmountable one.
Some of the programmes can be adapted in English, Drama, Art and History classes. There are also aspects that could be used in a Biology or Geography class and finally there is always assembly to at least create a beginning.
NB: Please note that each module will come with a complete pack consisting of the following:
Regular teacher workshops will be held (once a month) and we are also negotiating to have a central resource centre where teachers may come for help. This would be open at certain times in the afternoon or by appointment.
The first programme will be available from the first week in the second term. Although initially the programme will only be available to a few schools in its totality, it is hoped that eventually the programme will be accepted as part of the structured syllabus in the Life Skills section of the new Curriculum 2005.
In the final analysis we would like to see a programme encompassing all levels of schooling from Grade 0 to Grade 12. Unfortunately, at the moment, our funding has not enabled us to cover the complete syllabus. As stated above we hope to provide one programme for Junior schools as a pilot study in the third term.
2. PEACE POSTER POEM AND STORY PROJECT
A selection of pictures poems and stories will be used to create a book called The KZN Ukuthula Vision. It will include a brief history of how we have attempted to stem the tide of violence and create a culture of peace in our Province.
Every picture, poem or story will be used in booklets to be sent to young people in countries of conflict all over the world as a prayer and a sign of hope that we may all soon find our vision of peace.
3. KZN YOUTH PEACE FORUM
4.UBUNTU PLEDGE AND CODE OF CONDUCT
Should anyone have any input into the project we would be very happy to hear from them, either on fax: 031 -- 2096538 or e.mail -- email@example.com Similarly if any school or organisation is interested in joining the project we would be happy to discuss how this can be made possible. Please call Paddy Meskin at 031 - 2096572.
Peace Month September 2000
Press Release for International Peace Month
The month of September has been designated International Peace Month by United Nations in this UN International Year for a Culture of Peace.
During Peace Month , the annual International Day of Peace will take place on the third Tuesday of the month - the 19th September. More than 50 countries around the world will be celebrating Peace Day , also called "Hear the Children" day and preparing for the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence.
In Kwazulu Natal, we have already launched the KZN Ukuthula Peace Challenge , a programme aimed at creating a culture of peace and nonviolence in our province through a variety of ways, including our pilot study peace education syllabus-'Teaching Peace and Tolerance' and the creation of our KZN Youth Peace Forum, which brings together student representatives from different schools to look at issues confronting young people today.The young people of the Forum are very busy preparing for Peace Month and in particular , Peace Day.
We hope that every single individual throughout Kwazulu Natal will commit themselves to doing at least one thing for peace. The slogan is: "Peace begins with me! What am I doing for peace?"
Things to do for Peace Month and International Peace Day.
INTERNATIONAL DECADE FOR A CULTURE OF PEACE AND NONVIOLENCE LAUNCH:
a.) Poverty eradication
[It must be stated that earlier this year , at the UN Millenium Forum Conference called by the General Secretary, Kofi Annan, to bring Civil Society together to look at issues that should be put forward to the General Assembly in September , a, b, c and d were all part of the discussions and resolutions. In fact, with regard to the issue of peace and human rights education, it was proposed that all heads of State be asked to sign and ratify that Peace and Human Rights education would be introduced to all schools in their land, from pre-school to tertiary level. It was felt that this was the only way to prepare our young people for a society that was free from racism, free from gender discrimination, free from AIDS stigmas and prejudices and inclusive of all marginalised and prejudiced groups in our society. I hope that we shall certainly see this in our land.]
We are, therefore , holding a Peace breakfast , which we will be hosted by World Conference on Religion and Peace and the KZN Ukuthula Peace Challenge , to which representatives from religious leaders , politicians, businessmen, academics, media, NGO's, CBO's and Youth will be invited. The invitation details are:
SPECIAL WEEK OF PEACE PRAYERS AND PROJECTS:
INTERNATIONAL INTERFAITH PEACE DAY SERVICE - 19th SEPTEMBER 2000 at 11.45 -1.30
DESMOND TUTU PEACE LECTURE:
Our religious leaders will be participating in the special "Lighting of the Peace Lamps " at the Desmond Tutu Peace Lecture to be held on Saturday the 2nd September at the Durban Jewish Club at 8.00pm as part of the International Peace Month celebrations.
Many religious leaders will participate in a processional at the beginning of the function to light a multitude of candles for peace as a symbol of peace spreading throughout our Province.
We hope that every person that reads about the Peace Month will become one of the supporters and encouragers in the building of peace in Kwazulu Natal, in South Africa , in Africa and in the World.
We hope that the political leaders of our Province and our land will be in the forefront of participating in at least the International Day of Peace, even if it is only for a minutes' silence at 12.00noon for all those who have been killed as a result of some kind of violence and the reciting of the short peace prayer:
May peace prevail in Kwazulu Natal!
Further information on the many aspects of Peace Month may be obtained from Paddy or Gary Tel: 031 - 2096572 or 031 - 3327216 or Fax: 031 - 2096538 or e.mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Peace Month September 2008
Things to do for Peace Month and International Peace Day.
NB: Activities should take place throughout the month of September
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